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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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. His recovery proved permanent, but Hoffer never abandoned his reading habit. We cannot win the weak by sharing our wealth with them. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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Freedom makes people uncertain, work to prove themselves. It was they who formulated the ideals, aspirations, and values, and hodfer was they who set the tone.

With that in mind I think it is a good idea to read The Ordeal of Change with ofdeal open mind and absorb its commentary on people and the rise and fall of nations. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. But I remain ambivalent, and my relationships are repeatedly turned up side down.


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The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of hi neighbor’s shortcomings as he is of his own. Say howdy oreeal Gorbachev and Putin.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I suspect his ideal may have been a society of independent craftsmen and shopkeepers.

Don’t always agree, which is as it should be, but the man makes me think. Remembering that Orwell always considered himself a socialist hofffer as he rejected so much of socialism Do you suppose it was truly a case of binary thinking? A soothing yet stimulating breviary of high-minded beliefs and honest-to-goodness hard thinking.

There are a few examples which come to mind. One person found this helpful. The majority prove their worth by keeping busy. Orveal has been often said that power corrupts. Thoughtful, creative, and often insightful. You can take the forty years of reading I have gotten as sufficient testimony as to its worth. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Review Etic seems like a being who had just emerged from unknown depths, startled, overjoyed at what he saw about him — Eric Sevareid, broadcaster, journalist.

Most significantly, Hoffer asserts that the disruptive awakening of Asia came about as a result of an unbearable sense of weakness.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Orwell came from some sort of upper- or upper-middle-class background and was educated at Eton.

To ask other readers questions about The If of Changeplease sign up. Kvams Opinions, thoughts and feelings on books, music, economics, and life. 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. Hoffer is a working class American speaking to the world from fifty years away. But it is perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts.


Paperbackpages. He continued this work until he retired at age Unintentionally, eeric West had created this appetite, causing “revolutionary unrest” in Asia. Discerning appreciation and a modicum of deference and acclaim are probably more vital for his creative flow than freedom to fend for himself. Hoffer spent a great deal of his non-labor time in the lib This is a collection of essays written in the ‘s formed from the author’s decades of transient labor in the fields and orchards of California during the depression of the ‘s.

Eric Hoffer was an outsider intellectual. Class hostility probably has a lot to do with it. Even Communism te in recession now, the author’s account of what makes Communism an uprising power and evil is still relevant. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Showing of 32 reviews. Hhe is an example, when trying to describe the emergence of the ‘intellectual’ as a societal class: