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The True Believer (original 1951; edition 1966)
by Eric Hoffer
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060505915, Paperback)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.
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Discusses the appeal of mass movements, types of potential converts, factors promoting self-sacrifice and good & bad mass movements.
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