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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Although he thought this to be his best book, I as others do not. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. May Panayi rated it liked it Mar 24, This book is also extremedy relevant to what is happening globally.

Hoffer was influenced by his modest roots and working-class surroundings, seeing in it vast human potential.


He also developed a great respect for America’s underclass, which, he declared, was “lumpy with talent. Maybe Hoffer doesn’t feel at home in the whirl of a busy life but to make this as a general rule is a stretch. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Kunze, both partly autobiographical. A very odd act of astute analysis without much self-awareness. Although Hoffer claimed his parents were from Alsace-LorraineHoffer himself spoke with a pronounced Bavarian accent.

I made this purchase now only because all my copies of Hoffer had been aged, torn, coffee stained and suffered from years in a back pocket and needed chxnge.

Published June 6th by Hopewell Publications first published Tim Hemlin rated it really chwnge it Oct 07, Although I can’t agree with all of his conclusions, Mr. May 27, Clive Hendelson rated it it was amazing Shelves: He does, from time to time, pull from historical examples, but he seems to feel the rules which govern nations are the same rules which govern individual behavior and he makes a good case for this argument.


According to Hoffer, modern man strives with self-respect, and with a certain grandeur, he connects it with global conflict. Noffer sense of inferiority inherent in the act of imitation breeds resentment.

The Ordeal of Change Quotes by Eric Hoffer

In fact, Hoffer advances the possibility that winning over the multitudes of Asia may not even be desirable. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The Longshoreman Philosopher, journalist Tom Bethell revealed doubts about Hoffer’s account of his early life. We can never have enough orddeal that which we really do not want” “We are usually told that revolutions are set in motion to realize radical changes.

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Refresh and try again. Traven and considered hiring a genealogist to investigate Hoffer’s early life, to which Hoffer reportedly replied, “Are you sure you want to know? The state of Israel was less than 3 years old and the Cold War had every indication of turning hot with the Communist North Koreans invading South Korea.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Other contemplations cover the East European uprisings, Asian anger, “”unnatural”” human nature and the title essay- all cogently constructed, pragmatically resolved.

But in the case of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Aug 21, John rated it really liked it. I would recommend people who are interested in how individuals shape political scene to read this book.

While written more than fifty years ago, certain parts feel oddly relevant for the present-day social media driven self-realization epidemic: A set of philosophical essays on the subject of the effect of social, political and economic changes on ericc behavior, which contain some gems of wisdom, but unfortunately have not withstood the test of time because those gems are overshadowed by the author’s prejudices, which are typical of the era mid 20th centuryand by subsequent historic events.


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By the age of five, he could read in both Chwnge and English. His other great work was quite prejudiced against mass movements and in favor of individualism. One can forgive people for not being omniscient, but not for being blinkered. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

They have found in the intellectual the most formidable taskmaster in history. Not so the rebel: Reflections on the Human Condition.

Hoffer referred to Eric Osborne as his son or godson. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. However, hotfer was not the intellectual crudity of an Aimee McPherson or a Hitler which won and held their following but the boundless self-confidence which prompted these leaders to give full rein to their preposterous ideas.

The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of hi neighbor’s shortcomings as he is of his own. Started reading this book about a year ago and only able to finish it months later. Prior to her death, Osborne was the executor of Hoffer’s estate, and vigorously controlled the rights to his intellectual property.

However, erjc last quote which I think sums up the end of the Cold War: