American Iconoclast: The Life and Times of Eric Hoffer with Author Tom Shachtman

Author Tom Shachtman will discuss his latest historical biography, American Iconoclast: The Life and Times of Eric Hoffer. Mr. Shachtman will uncover the steps by which this self educated figure created himself as an artist and writer.
Nov. 20, 2011 - PRLog -- American Iconoclast: The Life and Times of Eric Hoffer
with Author Tom Shachtman
Thursday, December 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield, Ct.

In this biography, historian and social analyst Tom Shachtman offers the clearest and most detailed examination of one of America’s most influential thinkers.

Eric Hoffer was a self educated longshoreman who came to fame in the 1950’s with the publication of his first book, The True Believer, a caustic analysis of the nature of mass movements and those who are driven to join them. Hoffer was a beloved and controversial figure with veiled origins.  Tom Shachtman uncovers the steps by which this unschooled migrant field hand and dockworker created himself as an artist and thinker and how his background and occupations were reflected in his published works.  Hoffer’s observations about “True Believers” and the causes they are ready to die for have found renewed application in the 21st century.

Tom Shachtman is the author of more than two dozen historical, social commentary and children’s books. He is also a filmmaker and educator who has written, produced, and directed documentaries for ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS networks.  His website is  

A wine & cheese reception will follow the event.  The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for signing and sale.  Space is limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or logging onto and clicking on Programs/Adult Programs.  This program is generously sponsored by Union Savings Bank.
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