Breaking It All Up

Books: ‘American Iconoclast: The Life and Times of Eric Hoffer’

Eric Hoffer was an unsettling figure, a provocateur — heroic and inventive to some, reckless and violent to others. And now, three decades after his death, he still pains critics and enlivens admirers.

As Tom Shachtman says about the subject of his latest book, “American Iconoclast: The Life and Times of Eric Hoffer,” “My politics are not his politics, but that does not prevent me from assessing his views. And he was certainly an original.”

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