The Great Lie: Classic and Recent Appraisals of Ideology and Totalitarianism by F. Flagg TaylorThe Great Lie: Classic and Recent Appraisals of Ideology and Totalitarianism by F. Flagg Taylor

The Great Lie: Classic and Recent Appraisals of Ideology and Totalitarianism

EditorF. Flagg Taylor

Paperback | August 15, 2011

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The Most Insightful and Profound
Reflections on Totalitarian Tyranny

Totalitarianism was the dominant phenomenon of the twentieth century. Deeply troubling questions endure regarding the nature of such tyrannical regimes: What enabled human beings to carry out such horrific crimes against their fellow man? What does the endurance of Communism reveal about human liberty? Why did human beings suffer rule by ideological lies for so long, and what kept them open to the truth? What are we to make of the relationship between totalitarianism and the foundational principles of democratic modernity?

Some of the greatest minds of the twentieth century sought answers to these haunting questions. Now, for the first time ever, their incisive and profound reflections on totalitarianism have been brought together in one book. The Great Lie showcases the insights of such giants as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Václav Havel, Hannah Arendt, Eric Voegelin, Czeslaw Milosz, Leo Strauss, and Raymond Aron, along with neglected but important thinkers such as Waldemar Gurian, Aurel Kolnai, Leszek Kolakowski, Pierre Manent, Claude Lefort, and Chantal Delsol. The brilliant essays in this volume illuminate the very nature of totalitarian regimes, and the monstrous ideology that is their defining feature.

The Great Lie allows readers to make sense of political evil and how it can attract so many people into its ideological fold. This is not a matter of mere academic interest in an age when we confront totalitarianism in such regimes as North Korea and Cuba—and, arguably, in radical Islamist movements.

F. Flagg Taylor IV is an assistant professor of government at Skidmore College. He has written on Russia, Eastern Europe, and modern revolution for publications such as Society. Taylor lives in upstate New York.
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Title:The Great Lie: Classic and Recent Appraisals of Ideology and TotalitarianismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.75 × 6.35 × 1.5 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Isi BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1935191365

ISBN - 13:9781935191360

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