The God that Failed

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Richard Howard Stafford Crossman
Columbia University Press, 1950 - Political Science - 273 pages
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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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User Review  - Karlo Mikhail - Goodreads

Classic anti-communist black propaganda. Much of it reiterates crude diatribes from the McCarthy period and can be readily refuted. Silone, for instance, has been later exposed to be a government ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dr. Arun - Goodreads

This relates to those who have lived in Communist ruled states and has experienced the virtues and vices. The Essayists are all impeccable in their observations. However, all of six great minds have ... Read full review

Contents

ARTHUR KOESTLER
15
IGNAZIO SILONE
76
RICHARD WRIGHT
115
Worshipers from Afar
163
foreword
165
LOUIS FISCHER
196
STEPHEN SPENCER
229
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About the author (1950)

Christof Mauch is Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., and a professor of modern history at the University of Cologne. He was the director of the OSS Oral History Project at Georgetown University and is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, mostly in German.

Jeremiah M. Riemer is a translator living in Washington, DC.

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