• Hardcover: 544 pages
• Publisher: HarperOne (May 29, 2012)
Since Thomas Jefferson first recorded those self-evident truths in the Declaration of Independence, America has been a nation that has unfolded as much on the page and the podium as on battlefields or in statehouses. Here Stephen Prothero reveals which texts continue to generate controversy and drive debate. He then puts these voices into conversation, tracing how prominent leaders and thinkers of one generation have commented upon the core texts of another, and invites readers to join in.
Few can question that the Constitution is part of our shared cultural lexicon, that the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision still impacts lives, or that “The Star-Spangled Banner” informs our national identity. But Prothero also considers lesser known texts that have sparked our war of words, including Thomas Paine’sCommon Sense and Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In The American BibleChristopher Hitchens weighs in on Huck Finn, and Sarah Palin on Martin Luther King Jr. From the speeches of Presidents Lincoln, Kennedy, and Reagan to the novels of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Ayn Rand—Prothero takes the reader into the heart of America’s culture wars. These “scriptures” provide the words that continue to unite, divide, and define Americans today.
Stephen Prothero is the New York Times bestselling author ofReligious Literacy and God Is Not One, and is a professor of religion at Boston University. He and his work have 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 writes and reviews for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Boston Globe,The Washington Post, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times,Salon, Slate, and other publications.
Stephen’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, May 29th: blogtrotter
Thursday, June 14th: Noisy Room
Friday, June 15th: Crazy Liberals … and Conservatives
Wednesday, June 20th: What Would the Founders Think?
Thursday, June 21st: Marathon Pundit
Monday, June 25th: Random Thoughts of a Lutheran Geek
Tuesday, June 26th: Gospel Community culture
Thursday, June 28th: Wordsmithonia
Thursday, June 28th: The Future American
Friday, June 29th: 50 Books Project
Monday, July 2nd: The 3 R’s: Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness
Tuesday, July 3rd: So What Faith
Tuesday, July 10th: Ted Lehmann’s Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms