Books That Inspire 2003


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


The True Believer is one of those classic books, dealing with the human condition that is as relevant today as when it was first published a half century ago. Eric Hoffer’s insightful observations on mass movements and the fanatics, who promulgate their causes are as timely post nine-eleven, as they were during the McCarthy “Red Scare” era. Mass movements, however different their doctrines and aspirations, all tend to share in common the same kind of adherents, “…the true believer – the man (or woman) of fanatical faith who is ready to sacrifice his (or her) life for a holy cause….” I believe that this little book can still help people to develop and maintain balanced perspectives, as they struggle to understand the fanatical acts of this era.
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Herbert Spencer
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