American Iconoclast: The Life and Times of Eric Hoffer

American Iconoclast: The Life and Times of Eric Hoffer by Tom Shachtman“Excellent new biography …. [Hoffer’s] name has gradually faded from view. Yet, as his biographer points out, Hoffer continues to contribute insightful ideas and opinions to society, which is why we ought to look to his writings once again.” – The New Criterion, September 2012

Known as the longshoreman philosopher, Eric Hoffer was a beloved and controversial figure. Using Hoffer’s never-before-seen archives, this biography uncovers the steps by which an unschooled migrant field hand and dockworker created himself as an artist and thinker, relates how his background and occupations were reflected in his published works, and analyzes Hoffer’s books and articles and their impact on his times.

“As complete and masterful a biography as could be imagined, a great study of Hoffer, an American icon—provocative and stimulating. Shachtman also provides an interesting view of the period.” -Herbert S. Parmet, biographer of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon

”Eric Hoffer speaks with remarkable clarity to many of today’s most difficult questions. Tom Shachtman presents this visionary thinker and his ideas with page-turning style and thought-provoking insight. A long overdue rediscovery of the longshoreman philosopher by a fine writer.” -Walter W. Woodward, State Historian, Connecticut

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Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment

Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment  by Tom Shachtman
C-Span’s taping of my lecture at the New York Public Library about this forthcoming book

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Rumspringa, To Be Or Not To Be Amish

Rumspringa by Tom Shachtman

“Shachtman is like a maestro, masterfully conducting an orchestra of history, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and journalism together in a harmonious and evocative symphony of all things Amish.” – Christian Science Monitor. Now in paperback.                   A … [Continue reading]

The Most Beautiful Villages of New England

The Most Beautiful Villages of New England by Tom Shachtman

"This is one of the few 'coffee table' books I own. But it covers all the gems and must-see villages ... and provides plenty of information on the history and architecture of each .... In the depth of a New England winter this is a book I take to bed with me and dream of spring." -- The New England Online Magazine. Honored as the birthplace of the Revolution, the … [Continue reading]

The Inarticulate Society

The Inarticulate Society: Eloquence and Culture in America by Tom Shachtman

“A perceptive and disturbing book .... Our inability to use language articulately has consequences beyond aesthetics, says Shachtman. It threatens the survival of democracy ..... Loss of analytic capacity makes us easy prey for Big Brother and his Orwellian gang.” -- Washington Post Book World … [Continue reading]