The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation (Hardcover)
From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Religious Literacy" and one of America's top experts on the convergence of culture and religion, a look at the great "American scriptures"--the texts that have created the very understanding of what it is to be American.
About the Author
STEPHEN PROTHERO is the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One, a professor of religion at Boston University, and a senior fellow at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. His work has been featured on the cover of Time magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, National Public Radio, and other top national media outlets. He blogs for CNN's Belief Blog and writes for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, The Washington Post, and other publications. Visit the author online at www.stephenprothero.com.
Praise for The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation…
“In these pages Stephen Prothero has brilliantly captured the American spirit-a spirit that has always seen us through hours of division and disagreement. With Prothero’s expert analysis, these texts should spark civil conversation, informed debate, and intelligent discussion.”
--Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion.
“There are certain speeches, songs, books, letters, laws, and axioms that Americans honor enough to argue about, says religion scholar Stephen Prothero. Like the Declaration of Independence, this almost consecrated canon inspires endless commentary about what it means to be American-and what ‘America’ means.”
-Religion News Service
“Required for putting in one place so many historic pieces that are more opined over than actually read. Awesome scholarship to an admirable purpose.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The American Bible is a provocative, brilliantly realized illumination of American values by means of excerpted historical documents.”
-Colloquy, Harvard University
“In The American Bible, Prothero has turned his considerable talents to assembling a version of the American canon. The author’s prose is, as usual, spritely, informed and incisive.”