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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Buy the selected items together This item: Be the first to discover new talent! Class hostility probably has a lot to do with it.

Sep 03, Robert Hobkirk rated it liked it. At age 70, I’ve finally started reading this great American philosopher. The boo Eric Hoffer was an outsider intellectual. In his era, there may not have been any such movements.

Still an amazing read. You May Also Like Share your thoughts with other customers. Retrieved 6 April I did especially enjoy the chapters about human nature and playfulness.

Harvard historian Arthur M. Kung Fu Zu says: The cabinetmaker’s union paid for the funeral and egic Hoffer a little over three hundred dollars. Take away our holy duties and you leave our lives puny and meaningless. He kindles the vision of a breathtaking future so as to justify the sacrifice of a transitory present.


The traditional master uses force to exact obedience and lets it go at that. Much of what Hoffer discusses has more The Ordeal of Change is a collection of essays by Eric Hoffer which examine the patterns and influences involved in social and cultural change.


The horrors of the holocaust were still in the news. Anyone before could have been relied upon to stick to the issue of the peas; anyone since would have the data. Hoffer appeared on public television in and then in two one-hour conversations on CBS pf Eric Sevareid in the late s. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance, and suspicion are the fruits of weakness.

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This work The Ordeal Of Change suffers fhange anti-intellectualism. Hoffer begins with the desire for change. Hoffer argues that fanatical and extremist cultural movements, whether religious, social, or national, arise when large numbers of frustrated people, believing their own individual lives to be worthless or spoiled, join a movement demanding radical change.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Do you suppose it was truly a case of binary thinking? Technologically, the Neolithic Age lasted even in Western Europe down to the end of the eighteenth century [p. Thoughtful, creative, and often insightful. Reflections on the Human Condition. I’ll be writing a detailed review for my blog later and will add a link when it’s done.

Eric Hoffer always offers fresh ideas about human and society nature. He continued reading voraciously and soon began to write while earning a living loading and unloading ships. Both books are full of how those who are the staunchest speakers of freedom are often in practice the most ardent supports of repression:. In several of the essays there are references to writers, intellectuals and philosophers and their roles in revolution and change as well as their isolation from the general populace.

Here is an example, when trying to describe the emergence of the ‘intellectual’ as a societal class: The West had done so by eroding the traditional communal bonds that once had woven the individual to the patriarchal family, clan, tribe, “cohesive rural or urban unit,” and “religious or political body.


The Ordeal of Change by Eric Hoffer

Self-righteousness is a manifestation of self-contempt. Many, if not od, who came to America from Europe were looking to escape the dead-end social structures of Europe. Showing of 32 reviews.

Hoffer doesn’t sugar coat anything, and you might not like the understanding you gain, but you WILL increase your understanding; if that makes you uncomfortable, he has succeeded admirably.

This entry was posted in Book Reviews. Retrieved December 29, Inthe Eric Hoffer Award was established in his honor with permission granted by the Eric Hoffer Estate in He evokes the enthusiasm of communion—the sense of liberation from a petty and meaningless individual existence.

It has been often said that power corrupts. Snowed in for the winter, he read the Essays by Michel de Montaigne. Hoffer notes that ” the resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done them but from the sense of their inadequacy and impotence.

With that in mind I think it is a good idea to read The Ordeal of Change with an open mind and absorb its commentary on people and the rise and fall of nations.

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