The God That Failed

Paperback | October 10, 2001

EditorRichard CrossmanForeword byDavid Engerman

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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.

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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. And...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:October 10, 2001Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231123957

ISBN - 13:9780231123952

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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 AfarAndré Gide, foreword by Dr. Enid StarkieLouis FischerStephen Spender

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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.