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Eric Hoffer's The True Believer - Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements-logo

Eric Hoffer's The True Believer - Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

Eric Hoffer

Hoffer began writing The True Believer in the 1940s, as Nazism and fascism spread across Europe. Most analysts studying 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. They were willing to abandon their individuality and devote themselves to an idea that promised to radically alter the world. Hoffer’s work explains not just the events of his day, but the events of ours too.

Hoffer began writing The True Believer in the 1940s, as Nazism and fascism spread across Europe. Most analysts studying 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. They were willing to abandon their individuality and devote themselves to an idea that promised to radically alter the world. Hoffer’s work explains not just the events of his day, but the events of ours too.
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Hoffer began writing The True Believer in the 1940s, as Nazism and fascism spread across Europe. Most analysts studying 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. They were willing to abandon their individuality and devote themselves to an idea that promised to radically alter the world. Hoffer’s work explains not just the events of his day, but the events of ours too.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jonah S. Rubin, Macat.com

Length:

1h 41m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:45