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The true believer

thoughts on the nature of mass movements

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This edition was published in by Time-Life Books in Alexandria, Va.

Written in English

188 pages

This book presents ideas about how mass movements work and the psychology of people that awaken/join mass movements. The author uses examples of movements of all types from the past, as well as movements that were current when the book was written; and discusses in great detail many techniques used to form and hold them together, the many motives that draw people to them, and the similarities between movements that appear on the surface to be completely different in nature (e.g., secular vs. religious, communist vs. fascist, radical vs. reactionary movements). The book is well referenced, and uses quotes from secular and religious writings (the Bible, too) associated with mass movements past and (the author's) present.

This book will be of great interest to anyone who is interested in: psychology, particularly of fundamentalism and blind faith, why some psychological conditions cause people to behave as they do, and the psychology of groups; the history of change through social upheaval and mass movements; how and why secular and religious extremist/fanatical groups come into being; and why there has been and continues to be so much injustice, violence and depravity on such large scales in "civilization".

The book does well at the author's stated intent to not judge the groups and personalities it discusses; however, it describes them so clearly that readers who are not good at honest introspection will probably recognize and judge themselves, and immediately feel an impulse to hate the author or declare him a blasphemer, and/or to ban the book (my local library thought it had the book, but when I wanted to borrow it they couldn't find it - I would not be surprised if a "true believer" started to read it and censored it from the library).

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1989, Perennial Library
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1980, Time-Life Books
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The True Believer
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The true believer: thoughts on the nature of mass movements
1963, Time Inc.
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The true believer: thoughts on the nature of mass movements
1951, The New American Library
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The True Believer:Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

First published in 1951



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This book presents ideas about how mass movements work and the psychology of people that awaken/join mass movements. The author uses examples of movements of all types from the past, as well as movements that were current when the book was written; and discusses in great detail many techniques used to form and hold them together, the many motives that draw people to them, and the similarities between movements that appear on the surface to be completely different in nature (e.g., secular vs. religious, communist vs. fascist, radical vs. reactionary movements). The book is well referenced, and uses quotes from secular and religious writings (the Bible, too) associated with mass movements past and (the author's) present.

This book will be of great interest to anyone who is interested in: psychology, particularly of fundamentalism and blind faith, why some psychological conditions cause people to behave as they do, and the psychology of groups; the history of change through social upheaval and mass movements; how and why secular and religious extremist/fanatical groups come into being; and why there has been and continues to be so much injustice, violence and depravity on such large scales in "civilization".

The book does well at the author's stated intent to not judge the groups and personalities it discusses; however, it describes them so clearly that readers who are not good at honest introspection will probably recognize and judge themselves, and immediately feel an impulse to hate the author or declare him a blasphemer, and/or to ban the book (my local library thought it had the book, but when I wanted to borrow it they couldn't find it - I would not be surprised if a "true believer" started to read it and censored it from the library).

The true believer

thoughts on the nature of mass movements

This edition was published in by Time-Life Books in Alexandria, Va.


Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Series
Time reading program special edition

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
303.4/84
Library of Congress
HM281 .H6 1980

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxix, 188 p. ;
Number of pages
188

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL4109982M
Internet Archive
truebelievertho000hoff
ISBN 10
0809436027, 0809436035
LC Control Number
80024915
Library Thing
107362
Goodreads
4926021
6634670

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