• A Macat Analysis of Eric Hoffer's The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

  • By: Jonah S. Rubin
  • Narrated by: Macat.com
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-27-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macat International Limited.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A self-educated man, Eric Hoffer was most likely born in 1898. He wrote in his spare time after doing shifts on the San Francisco docks, where he continued to work, even after becoming a successful author.
Hoffer began writing The True Believer in the 1940s, as Nazism and fascism spread across Europe. Most analysts who were trying to work out how these movements became so powerful focused on their leaders and the ideas they trumpeted. Hoffer focused on the followers. He saw that people joining mass movements all had common traits. Feeling worn down, they had lost their sense of self-worth and saw in the movement a way to restore some meaning to their lives.
A half-century after the book's initial publication, the terror attacks on the US of September 11, 2001 brought it renewed attention. Why? Because Hoffer created a work that explains not just the events of his day, but the events of ours, too, giving us a way to understand why people behave in seemingly irrational ways.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Lawrence A. on 09-20-16

Hoffer not analyzed

True Believer is usually read 2 or 3 times because it not an easy book to read.... I thought this would be much more detailed in its analysis.... it used words and assumptions I never saw in the book.... it over simplified what Hoffer wrote

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2 out of 5 stars
By Running Mom on 03-13-18

Not a summary. More of a professor's review.

Any additional comments?

I got this thinking it would be a summary of Eric Hoffer's book. But it was more of a sociologists/professor's review of the book. The narrator discusses a lot about what was going on in the world at the time the book was written. Nice info to have, but I really wanted the content of the actual book. I ordered it from my phone, and didn't notice that it is an "analysis," not a summary.

I only made it through about 30 minutes of this version. I tried to skip ahead to see if there was more about the original book content. If it was there, I couldn't find it.

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