THE TEMPER OF OUR TIME by Eric Hoffer

THE TEMPER OF OUR TIME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Impatience is the temper of our time, social commentator Hoffer writes. From his vantage point of the San Francisco docks (where he works as a part-time longshoreman) the author of the classic True Believer sees workers impatient to get on with their fast disappearing labor without a thought to the future of leisure ahead; Negroes impatient to win full equality while there is as yet no home community to use as their base; intellectuals impatient to rule yet failing to make use of their best creative powers; man impatient to divorce himself from nature while not attempting to compensate for the loss. Impatience is the temper: change is the action. These two themes connect, interchange and complement one another in this new collection of essays. Hoffer's own impatience with intellectuals who have sold their talent for power is matched only by his sympathy for youth and their loss of perspective in this troubled time. He cautions again and again, as all pungent, radical thinkers do, that our Foundation is not Ford but men such as himself.

Pub Date: Jan. 7th, 1966
ISBN: 1933435224
Publisher: Harper & Row