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Truth Imagined

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Blind as a child, Eric Hoffer--one of America's most important thinkers--regained his sight at the age of fifteen and became a voracious reader. At eighteen, fate would take his remaining family, sending him on the road with three hundred dollars and into the life of a Depression Era migrant worker, but his appetite for knowledge--history, science, mankind--remained and be ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published December 25th 2005 by Hopewell Publications (first published 1983)
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Ben Nesvig
Fascinating autobiography from one of my all time favorite thinkers. While I've read a couple of his other books, it was interesting to see how his perspective and insights on life developed.

It was almost shocking to read someone with such a brilliant mind write about how they came within a hair of suicide. He went as far as analyzing all the different means to carry out the act and settling on a poison that would make it look accidental. He thankfully spit out the first sip and decided to pursu
Oct 02, 2007 J.P. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: autobiography lovers
I pulled this book off a library shelf by chance in 1992. In doing so, I became a Hoffer fan for life.

Hoffer was one of the most notable American philosophers of the later 20th Century. Some call him a "socialogist". He was totally self-taught; he never went beyond the 8th grade and he worked most of his life as a longshoreman in San Francisco. He educated himself through voracious, wide-ranging reading. Out of that self-education came his insightful, wholly original writing. Until recently, mos
Jeremy Bailey
A selective autobiography spanning his life from late adolescence up to Pearl Harbor, this documents his life on the road. Would be better if included in a larger collection of his works. The man is an American original, his anecdotes are concise and always entertaining. Chapters here are shorter than Dan Brown's so if you have a short attention span, this will be easy to swallow. If you are a fan of On the Road and other such works of the "Beat" generation, this man lived the life Kerouac immor ...more
Bob Kittridge
A very good read, All of Eric's work is always a great read,
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Eric Hoffer was an American social writer and philosopher. He produced ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983 by President of the United States Ronald Reagan. His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic, receiving critical acclaim from both scholars and laymen, although Hoffer believed that his book The Ordeal of Ch ...more
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