12 quotes from The Ordeal of Change: ‘The individual’s most vital need is to prove his worth, and this usually means an insatiable hunger for action. For. Eric Hoffer is a very interesting thinker, and I very much enjoyed his The Ordeal of Change. If possible, I would quote large parts of the book, but. During the Eisenhower Administration philosophical popularizer Eric Hoffer hit the headlines as the President’s curl-up-with-a-book favorite; since then White.

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Hoffer was a young man when he also lost his father. Retrieved December 29, Although he thought this to be his best book, I as others do not. They have found in the intellectual the most formidable taskmaster in history.

Eric Hoffer–philosopher, author of the timeless tome The True Believer, and a truly great American thinker–gets to the essence of mankind through the ages in The Ordeal of Change. Still an amazing read. Dec 07, Son Cao rated it really liked it Shelves: May 28, Kirtida Gautam rated it really liked it Shelves: What a great book.


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Another great book from the “working-class philosopher”. To the genuine writer, the word is an hoffwr in itself and the center of his existence. But it is perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


She did not recover and died in that second year after the fall. Because of his professed faith in the power of words and the irresistibility of the truths which supposedly shape his course, he cannot be satisfied with mere obedience.

I liked what he had to say about America and the importance of play fun. He also spends a good deal of time looking at Communism in China and in the Soviet Union.

Nov 08, loafingcactus rated it really liked it Shelves: We cannot win the weak by sharing our wealth with them They feel our generosity as oppression. A lightbulb goes off above my head on every page. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. No elite of whatever nature can feel truly at home in America.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. For the “true believer,” Hoffer argues that particular beliefs are less important than escaping from the ordeak of the autonomous self. Customers who bought this item also bought. Working and Thinking on the Waterfront. This book falls into that issue of dated-ness. Hopewell Publications June 6, Language: We are an opinionated people and do not take well to conformity.

Docking a star, though, for certain weaknesses; namely, a too-total faith in America as a force for capital-G Good, a blanket depiction of intellectuals as would-be despots, and a preference for the sweeping generalization over problematic complexities. A fine writing for understanding the struggle of human in conquering our own incomplete and flaws. Explore the Home Gift Guide.


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These are the foils for his paeon to the unique history and character of America as he sees it. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Hoffer believed that rapid change is not necessarily a positive thing for a society and that too rapid change can cause a regression in maturity for those who were brought up in a different society.

If the prospect of conversing with someone who asserts that “this country [America] was built by hordes of undesirables” p. The pride that at present pervades oreeal world is the claim that one is a member of a chose group—be it a nation, race, church, or party.

Anyone before could have been relied upon to stick to the issue of the peas; anyone since would have the data. Yet the teachings of Jesus fared no better than the teachings of the prophets when they came ordral into the keeping of dominant intellectuals. Read more Read less. Why We Fight Book Review: Views Read Edit View history.

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