The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation

The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation


The New York Times bestselling writer of Religious Literacy and God isn't One provides a provocative crash path within the nice “American scriptures”—those texts that experience either divided and outlined our knowing of what it's to be American. Stephen Prothero offers readers an exhilarating and effortless advent to American cultural historical past in The American Bible. Highlighting the touchstones of our collective cultural legacy, from Thomas Paine’s Common Sense to Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial; from the speeches of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan to the novels of Mark Twain and Ayn Rand, and past, Prothero’s stirring and provocative guide peels again the curtain at the internal workings of what makes the US tick.

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