New York: Harper & Brothers, 1951. First Edition, First Printing. Small 8vo (7 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches; 195 x 135 mm), xiii, 176 pages, in black and gray cloth, titles to spine. With a dust jacket.First edition of Eric Hoffer's unaccountably scarce report on true believers. "Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil....We do not usually look for allies when we love. But we always look for allies when we hate."The book consists of 125 short sections within 18 chapters, dealing with such subjects as fanaticism, misfits, "the inordinately selfish," and other characteristics of people attracted to mass movements. SCARCE. Item #1690
CONDITION: Very Good or better in a Very Good dust jacket. Some abrasion to bottom of boards and to spine, internally clean and bright. The dust jacket, which is not price-clipped, has small chips at the top of the spine and top of both panels. Closed tear to top of upper panel. Couple other small nicks and some rubbing and soiling.