The God That Failed (Paperback)
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Short Description for The God That Failed The introduction to this work recounts how the collection was assembled, how the lessons of the Cold War remain vital to the debate of current events, and how the influence of communism was able to reshape the direction of intellectual life.
- Published: 10 October 2001
- Format: Paperback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780231123952 ISBN 10: 0231123957
- Sales rank: 154,418
Full description for The God That Failed
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. Andre 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.