- ISBN 9780060505912 / 0060505915
- Title The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
- Author Eric Hoffer
- Category Social & Political Philosophy
Sociology & Anthropology
Politics & Government
- Format Paperback
- Year 2002
- Pages 192
- Publisher Harper Perennial
- Imprint HarperCollins
- Edition 02nd
- Language English
- Dimensions 135mm x 12mm x 203mm
A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises examining mass movements—from Christianity in its infancy to the national uprisings of modern times. His analysis of the psychology of mass movements is a brilliant and frightening study of the mind of the fanatic.
A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Eric Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises in his spare time while living in the railroad yards. “The True Believer” — the first and most famous of his books — was made into a bestseller when President Eisenhower cited it during one of the earliest television press conferences.Completely relevant and essential for understanding the world today, “The True Believer” is a visionary, highly provocative look into the mind of the fanatic and a penetrating study of how an individual becomes one.
Eric Hoffer (1902 — 1983) was self-educated. He worked in restaurants, as a migrant fieldworker, and as a gold prospector. After Pearl Harbor, he worked as a longshoreman in San Francisco for twenty-five years. The author of more than ten books, including “The Passionate State of Mind, The Ordeal of Change”, and “The Temper of Our Time, ” Eric Hoffer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983.