James (JD) Dittes's Reviews > The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

The True Believer by Eric Hoffer
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Jul 30, 2011

Hoffers insights into the formation and behavior of mass movements is fascinating. Presented as a series of observations, this book is very quotable--one that I would consider a must read for anyone in the political or social sciences (I think even church pastors and teachers would benefit). His ideas are backed up by examples from both politics (mostly mid-20th century figures like Hitler, Stalin and Ghandi) and religion (Moses, Jesus and Mohammad are all cited regularly).

One weakness of the book is that the examples may seem dated (it was written in 1951), but the wisdom is timeless. A very, very enlightening book overall.

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