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The God That Failed

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"The God That Failed" is a classic work and crucial document of the Cold War that brings together essays by six of the most important writers of the twentieth century on their conversion to and subsequent disillusionment with communism. In describing their own experiences, the authors illustrate the fate of leftism around the world. Andr Gide (France), Richard Wright (the United States), Ignazio Silone (Italy), Stephen Spender (England), Arthur Koestler (Germany), and Louis Fischer, an American foreign correspondent, all tell how their search for the betterment of humanity led them to communism, and the personal agony and revulsion which then caused them to reject it. David Engerman's new foreword to this central work of our time recounts the tumultuous events of the era, providing essential background. It also describes the book's origins and impact, the influence of communism in American intellectual life, and how the events described in "The God That Failed" provide important lessons today.
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The God That Failed is a classic work and crucial document of the Cold War that brings together essays by six of the most important writers of the twentieth century on their conversion to and subsequent disillusionment with communism. In describing their own experiences, the authors illustrate the fate of leftism around the world. Andr Gide (France), Richard Wright (the United States), Ignazio Silone (Italy), Stephen Spender (England), Arthur Koestler (Germany), and Louis Fischer, an American foreign correspondent, all tell how their search for the betterment of humanity led them to communism, and the personal agony and revulsion which then caused them to reject it. David Engerman's new foreword to this central work of our time recounts the tumultuous events of the era, providing essential background. It also describes the book's origins and impact, the influence of communism in American intellectual life, and how the events described in The God That Failed continue to affect public discourse today.
Richard Crossman (1907-74) was a leader in the British Labour Party, serving in the Cabinet from 1964 until 1970. David C. Engerman is assistant professor of history at Brandeis University.
Foreword, by David EngermanFurther Reading in EnglishExplanation of some Terms and NamesIntroduction, Richard Crossman, M.P.Part I: The InitiatesArthur KoestlerIgnazio SiloneRichard WrightPart II: Worshipers from AfarAndr Gide, foreword by Dr. Enid StarkieLouis FischerStephen Spender
Canterbury Tales of the 20th century. Time The moving power of their several chronicles derives not merely from the unity of the theme embodied in significant variations but also from the reader's sense that they are recording a tragedy in which all of us have been involved. -- Reinhold Niebuhr The Nation The story of the emotions which drew such men to Communism and of the events which disillusioned them states concretely and compellingly the great issues of our time. The Saturday Review of Literature Worth reading, and rereading, for its interest both as a classic historical document and as a haunting object lesson. -- Norman Podhoretz Encounter An important contribution to our understanding of Communism in its full dimensions and awful depths. New York Herald Tribune This book is an engrossing study of why men join a Communist party and the reasons why they are eventually compelled to resign... Engerman has done an admirable job of explaining the context of this work. -- Donald F. Busky The Historian
Pages
272
Publisher
Columbia University Press
Language
English
ISBN-10
0231123957
ISBN-13
9780231123952
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
320.532
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2001
Publication Date
2001-09-30
Imprint
Columbia University Press
Place of Publication
New York
Country of Publication
United States
Author
Arthur Koestler, Ignazio Silone, Richard Wright, André Gide, Louis Fischer, Stephen Spender
Edited by
Richard Crossman
Birth
1907
Death
1974
Short Title
GOD THAT FAILED REV/E
Edition Description
Revised
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