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American Iconoclast: The Life and Times of Eric Hoffer

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In this biography, historian and social analyst Tom Shachtman offers the clearest and most detailed examination to date of one of America's most influential thinkers. Known as the "longshoreman philosopher," Eric Hoffer was a beloved and controversial figure with veiled origins. Using Hoffer's never-before-seen archives, Shachtman uncovers the steps by which this unschoole ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Hopewell Publications
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Eric Hofferriffson riffs on true believers:
It takes them out of themselves.
It gives them a future.
It fills their lives with activities.
It frees them from responsibility for their own lives; frees them of the killing strain of competition.
It frees them of loneliness.
If gives them a cause for pride.
It gives them a sense of righteousness,
It gives them courage and banishes fear from their hearts.
If gives them a sense of superiority over those not in the movement.
It gives them a sense of growth a
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I consider myself fortunate in that I always wanted to write, have been able to do so since my undergraduate days, and have had my work published and produced in many forms – histories, novels, children’s books, documentaries, fictional programs, poetry, plays, songs, newspaper columns, magazine articles, even a comic book.

My first book, THE DAY AMERICA CRASHED, was published in 1979, and since th
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