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The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

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  • The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Harper Perennial) – Trade paperback (1989)
    by Eric Hoffer

    The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

    Trade paperback, Harper Perennial
    1989
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    177 pages

    ISBN: 0060916125
    ISBN-13: 9780060916121

    This bestselling analysis of fanaticism and mass movements is an important addition to the field of sociology. "Hoffer has written one of the most provocative books of our immediate day."-- "Christian Science Monitor" "One of the most provocative books of our immediate day." "--Christian Science Monitor" "Its theme is political fanaticism, with which it deals severely and brilliantly....It owes its distinction to the fact that Hoffer is a born generalizer, with a mind that inclines to the wry epigram and icy aphorism as ... Show more

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Reviews of The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

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diebroke

Manipulating us

by diebroke on Mar 14, 2013

The techniques that mass movements use are useful to understand - from politicians to religious movements the characteristics are simple, repeatable and successful - read so you know how you are being manipulated.

aunty
by aunty on Apr 1, 2009

Though relatively short what it lacks in volume it more than makes up for in content quality. It is difficult to find a better treatise on the nature (antecedants, behaviors, consequences) of zealots or fanatics. His analysis is both original and coldly accurate. Both descriptively and prescriptively. A classic with timeless value.

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Alexander711

Wonderful book

by Alexander711 on Sep 6, 2007

The True Believer is a wonderful and witty exploration into the minds of fanatics and zealots. Completely interesting from the first word to the last; Eric Hoffer throws you head first into a concise, logical and complete examination of the fanatic's mind and the environment which creates him.

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