Eric Hoffer: The Longshoreman Philosopher

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Hoover Press, Sep 1, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
Drawn from Eric Hoffer's private papers as well as interviews with those who knew him, this detailed biography paints a picture of a truly original American thinker and writer. Author Tom Bethell interviewed Hoffer in the years just before his death, and his meticulous accounts of those meetings offer new insights into the man known as the "Longshoreman Philosopher."
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Enigma of Eric Hoffer
23
2 The Migrant Worker
53
Photo section
73
3 On the Waterfront
73
4 Intimate Friendships
97
5 The True Believer
113
6 Hoffer as a Public Figure
133
9 God Jehovah and the Jews
201
10 The Longshoreman Philosopher
221
Epilogue
243
APPENDIX ONE Quotations and Comments
255
APPENDIX TWO Increasing His Wordpower
275
Israel Stands Alone
277
Notes
279
About the Author
289

7 The Literary Life
155
8 America and the Intellectuals
179

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About the author (2013)

Tom Bethell is a journalist in Washington, DC, where he is a senior editor of The American Spectator. For twenty-five years he has been a visiting media fellow at the Hoover Institution, where Eric Hoffer's papers are now preserved.

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