Eric Hoffer

The True Believer

(Reprinted)

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Author Eric Hoffer
Publisher Harper & Row, Publishers
Imprint Perennial Library
Copyright Holder Eric Hoffer
Cover/Jacket Design by Anita Walker Scott
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Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 80-24915
Catalog Number P 71
Price $0.75
Format Trade Paperback
Publication Location USA
Genre
Page Count 188 pages
Language English
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(H × W × D)
Chapters Preface . . . ix
PART ONE. THE APPEAL OF MASS MOVEMENTS
1. The Desire for Change . . . 13
2. The Desire for Substitutes . . . 21
3. The Interchangeability of Mass Movements . . . 25

PART TWO. THE POTENTIAL CONVERTS
4. The Role of the Undesirable in Human Affairs
5. The Poor . . . 31
. . . . The New Poor . . . 31
. . . . The Abjectly Poor . . . 32
. . . . The Free Poor . . . 35
. . . . The Creative Poor . . . 38
. . . . The Unified Poor . . . 38
6. Misfits . . . 49
7. The Inordinately Selfish . . . 51
8. The Ambitious Facing Unlimited Opportunities . . . 51
9. Minorities . . . 52
10 . The Bored . . . 53
11. The Sinners . . . 55

PART THREE. UNITED ACTION AND SELF-SACRIFICE
12. Preface . . . 57
13. Factors Promoting Self-sacrifice . . . 60
. . . . Identification with a Collective Whole 60
. . . . Make-believe . . . 64
. . . . Depreciation of the Present . . . 66
. . . . "Things Which Are Not" . . . 73
. . . . Doctrine . . . 75
. . . . Fanaticism . . . 79
. . . . Mass Movements and Armies . . . 83
14. Unifying Agents . . . 85
. . . . Hatred . . . 85
. . . . Imitation . . . 94
. . . . Persuasion and Coercion . . . 97
. . . . Leadership . . . 103
. . . . Action . . . 111
. . . . Suspicion . . . 114
. . . . The Effects of Unification . . . 116

PART FOUR. BEGINNING AND END
15. Men of Words . . . 119
16. The Fanatics . . . 130
17. The Practical Men of Action . . . 134
18. Good and Bad Movements . . . 138
. . . . The Unattractiveness and Sterility of the Active Phase . . . 138
. . . . Some Factors Which Determine the Length of the Active Phase . . . 142
. . . . Useful Mass Movements . . . 147
Notes . . . 152

Notes First PERENNIAL LIBRARY edition published in 1966 by Harper & Row, Publishers.

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