In our time, tribalism and extremism are on open display. Men and women have seemingly ceased to care about right or wrong. In many cases, a person is so convinced of the correctness of his or her position that he shuts his eyes and ears to any contrary evidence. These are the kinds of things Eric Hoffer observed, and then he presented his observations in this book. Sadly, we are again experiencing the resurgence of such patterns of behavior. It is therefore beyond academic interest to read this book and to understand the susceptibility of human beings to such words and actions.