First Things, Last Things

First Things, Last Things

by Eric Hoffer
     
 

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Eric Hoffer—one of America's most important thinkers and the author of The True Believer—begins with a macro view on the progress of civilization, ending with his crucible vision on the unique and transformative aspects of mankind.

Overview

Eric Hoffer—one of America's most important thinkers and the author of The True Believer—begins with a macro view on the progress of civilization, ending with his crucible vision on the unique and transformative aspects of mankind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933435275
Publisher:
Hopewell Publications, LLC
Publication date:
10/24/2008
Pages:
92
Sales rank:
1,170,177
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Former migratory worker and longshoreman, Eric Hoffer burst on the scene in 1951 with his irreplaceable tome, The True Believer, and assured his place among the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. Nine books later, Hoffer remains a vital figure with his cogent insights to the nature of mass movements and the essence of humankind.
Of his early life, Hoffer has written: “I had no schooling. I was practically blind up to the age of fifteen. When my eyesight came back, I was seized with an enormous hunger for the printed word. I read indiscriminately everything within reach—English and German.
“When my father (a cabinetmaker) died, I realized that I would have to fend for myself. I knew several things: One, that I didn’t want to work in a factory; two, that I couldn’t stand being dependent on the good graces of a boss; three, that I was going to stay poor; four, that I had to get out of New York. Logic told me that California was the poor man’s country.”
Through ten years as a migratory worker and as a gold-miner around Nevada City, Hoffer labored hard but continued to read and write during the years of the Great Depression. The Okies and the Arkies were the “new pioneers,” and Hoffer was one of them. He had library cards in a dozen towns along the railroad, and when he could afford it, he took a room near a library for concentrated thinking and writing.
In 1943, Hoffer chose the longshoreman’s life and settled in California. Eventually, he worked three days each week and spent one day as “research professor” at the University of California in Berkeley. In 1964, he was the subject of twelve half-hour programs on national television. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983.

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