- Also check our best rated Biography reviews
Working and Thinking on the Waterfront Paperback – 4 Aug 2009
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
It wasn't intended as a daily diary. Nor to be published. He kept it for almost exactly 1 year (from June 1958 to May 1959) in order to record his thoughts as he worked out the topic he wanted to write a book about. (The topic that emerged was 'change' so it's probably not coincidental that his next two books following the writing of the diary dealt with change -- THE ORDEAL OF CHANGE and THE TEMPER OF OUR TIME)
Yet the diary mostly comprises brief entries about mundane aspects of his life -- the boats he longshored on -- the men he worked with -- the books he read -- his close friends Seldon and Lily and their little son who was named after him -- his personal decision-making on minor aspects of his life -- as well as the expected observations on the world's sociological scene.
Now we can see how this self-educated man with an insatiable appetite for reading can find himself on par with the intellectuals he disdained. He could draw from a body of knowledge as vast as the planet and as deep as its history. And with his special facility with the language, he gained a level of reputation that many of those he challenged could only envy.
Hoffer's books possess a rich, precise prose and this one is no exception even tho it's only a diary. Due to its simplicity of form -- and due to the simplicity of the life it depicts -- it can be inspiring in a way that eastern mystics try to be -- except this is based on a refreshingly grounded life and outlook.
(Hoffer legacy will no doubt be THE TRUE BELIEVER: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements.)
Hoffer also in my opinion is too general in his overall attack on Intellectuals. Clearly he was prescient in seeing how in the American world a whole class of university people would arise who would have no appreciation for American society and its freedoms. But he goes too far in making Intellectual an absolute an all- inclusive category. There are many great American intellectuals in this century alone who too stood for human freedom and dignity with great courage. I think of people like the late William F. Buckley Jr. and courageous opponents of the academic totalitarians as David Horowitz and Alan Dershowitz today.
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Biography > Historical > Social & Urban History
- Books > Biography > Medical, Legal & Social Sciences > Philosophy
- Books > Biography > Social & Health Issues > Teaching & Learning
- Books > Education Studies & Teaching > Philosophy of Education
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Education Studies