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Eric Hoffer--one of America's most important thinkers and the author of The True Believer--lived for years as a Depression Era migratory worker. Self-taught, his appetite for knowledge--history, science, mankind--formed the basis of his insight to human nature. The Temper of Our Time examines the influence of the juvenile mentality, the rise of automation, the black revolution, the regression of the back-to-nature movement, the intellectual vs. learning, and other relevent issues.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jan 22, 2008
Publisher Hopewell Publications
ISBN 1933435224 ISBN13 9781933435220
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More About Eric Hoffer
Eric Hoffer (1902 -- 1983) was self-educated. He worked in restaurants, as a migrant fieldworker, and as a gold prospector. After Pearl Harbor, he worked as a longshoreman in San Francisco for twenty-five years. The author of more than ten books, including The Passionate State of Mind, The Ordeal of Change, and The Temper of Our Time, Eric Hoffer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983.
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Lanny R. North Aug 29, 2008
This excellent book among others by Eric Hoffer are timeless. I purchased these as replacements for ones I have read and reread over the last 30 years. I find that in today's 21st century world that Hoffer's insights remain as vibrant as they were during the period of the sixtys and beyond. Short read, excellent command of english, and as concrete a treatment of a difficult subject as can be found anywhere. The fact that this among others was written by a longshoreman makes it the more astounding and the grasp of concretes awesome.
A true American original - A Philosopher of the people Dec 15, 2006
Eric Hoffer is a true American original. The former longshoreman, and migrant work who became an astute commentator on mass movements, intellectual life, American social realities was a decent, down- to - earth first- rate thinker. In 'The Temper of Our Time' he writes about our present age, and about the human resistance to change, about the revolutionary character of adolescent culture, and about the defaming of America by frustrated European intellectuals . He criticizes the blind worship of Nature, giving a catalogue of its various horrors, mosquitoes to tornadoes, while underlining how Culture and Civilization involve Man's confrontring and transforming Nature. He tells us the story of how he marooned one winter bought for one - dollar at a used bookstore a thousand page small- print edition of the 'Complete Essays of Montaigne' and how he read it cover- to - cover three times and afterwards began his career as essayist- aphorist- thinker. He makes a strong critique of those who despise the mechanical , and celebrates handwork, the work of the ordinary person. He sings a song of praise to the vast talents inherent in the great range of ordinary American people, and casts a cold eye on those who detached and abstracted from ordinary life look down at the common man with scornful contempt. This is not his most popular, original or best work. But it is fine, well- crafted work of thought one worthy of an American original who truly could be called a ' philosopher of the people'