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The House of Government


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Preface xi Acknowledgments xvii 1 En Route I Anticipation 3 1 The Swamp 5 2 The Preachers 23 3 The Faith 73 II Fulfillment 119 4 The Real Day 121 5 The Last Battle 158 6 The New City 180 7 The Great Disappointment 220 8 The Party Line 272 2 At Home III The Second Coming 315 9 The Eternal House 317 10 The New Tenants 377 11 The Economic Foundations 408 12 The Virgin Lands 421 13 The Ideological Substance 454 IV The Reign of the Saints 479 14 The New Life 481 15 The Days Off 508 16 The Houses of Rest 535 17 The Next of Kin 552 18 The Center of the World 582 19 The Pettiness of Existence 610 20 The Thought of Death 623 21 The Happy Childhood 645 22 The New Men 665 3 On Trial V The Last Judgment 697 23 The Telephone Call 699 24 The Admission of Guilt 715 25 The Valley of the Dead 753 26 The Knock on the Door 773 27 The Good People 813 28 The Supreme Penalty 840 VI The Afterlife 871 29 The End of Childhood 873 30 The Persistence of Happiness 887 31 The Coming of War 912 32 The Return 924 33 The End 946 Epilogue: The House on the Embankment 961 Appendix: Partial List of Leaseholders 983 Notes 995 Index 1083

About the Author

Yuri Slezkine is the Jane K. Sather Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include The Jewish Century (Princeton), which won the National Jewish Book Award.


"Mammoth and profusely researched... A work begging to be debated; Slezkine aggregates mountains of detail for an enthralling account of the rise and fall of the revolutionary generation."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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