Books: Dockside Montaigne

THE PASSIONATE STATE OF MIND (151 pp.)—Eric Hoffer—Harper ($2.50).

Eric Hoffer is a pink-faced, hornyhanded San Francisco dock worker who pays his dues to Harry Bridges' longshoremen's union and preaches self-reliance more stalwartly than Emerson. He gets up at 4:45 in the morning and spends his days working on the piers of San Francisco's Embarcadero. Evenings he spends in his room in a shabby McAllister Street lodging-house, bent over a plank desk, writing.

Four years ago Hoffer published The True Believer, an eloquent analysis of the nature of modern mass movements that won critical respect...

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