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The God That Failed / Edition 1

The God That Failed / Edition 1

by Richard Crossman, David EngermanRichard Crossman


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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. André 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231123952
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/10/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by David Engerman
Further Reading in English
Explanation of some Terms and Names
Introduction, Richard Crossman, M.P.
Part I: The Initiates
Arthur Koestler
Ignazio Silone
Richard Wright
Part II: Worshipers from Afar
André Gide, foreword by Dr. Enid Starkie
Louis Fischer
Stephen Spender

What People are Saying About This

Daniel Bell

To understand the Cold War and the character of Stalinism, The God That Failed is a must read.

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