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The True Believer

Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

By Eric Hoffer
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The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer

The True Believer (1951), published in the aftermath of World War II, is an exploration of mass movements and the means by which they attract followers. These blinks will take you on a walk through history – showing how, under certain circumstances, be they right or wrong, anyone can become a true believer.

  • People wanting to learn about the history, logic and component parts of mass movements
  • Those interested in group psychology
  • Anybody with an interest in politics and how change is affected

Eric Hoffer was a working-class American autodidact who authored a variety of treatises on moral and social philosophy. After writing his first book, The True Believer, he went on to publish over ten others. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in February, 1983.

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