Age of Delirium
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The first state in history to be based explicitly on atheism, the Soviet Union endowed itself with the attributes of God. In this book, David Satter shows through individual stories what it meant to construct an entire state on the basis of a false idea, how people were forced to act out this fictitious reality and the tragic human cost of the Soviet attempt to remake reality by force.

Age of Delirium is a cautionary tale for those tempted by the certitudes of fanaticism and a guide for those who wish to understand both the limits of human personality and the inherent tendencies of any repressive government. It also makes clear the enormous difficulties – moral, intellectual and religious - that faced Russia and the other former Soviet republics as they tried to emerge from the shadow of totalitarian rule.