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

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

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Identifies the most crucial texts written by Americans and published in America, which have profoundly shaped the national identity, including the speeches of Lincoln, Kennedy, and Reagan, and the novels of Melville, Salinger, and Rand.

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The New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One presents a provocative crash course in the great “American scriptures”—those texts that have both divided and defined our understanding of what it is to be American. Stephen Prothero gives readers an exciting and user-friendly introduction to American cultural history 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 beyond, Prothero’s stirring and provocative handbook peels back the curtain on the inner workings of what makes America tick.

Baker
& Taylor

The New York Times best-selling author of Religious Literacy identifies the most crucial texts written by Americans and published in America, which have profoundly shaped our national identity, including the speeches of Lincoln, Kennedy and Reagan, and the novels of Melville, Salinger and Rand. 60,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : HarperOne, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062123435
0062123432
Branch Call Number: 973 PROTH
Characteristics: vii, 533 pages ; 24 cm

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In this eBook, Prothero looks at the Declaration of Independence, Martin Luther King Jr's "Letters From a Birmingham Jail" and Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged", which reflect some of our core ideas and values.


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Sep 15, 2012

A very good compilation of primary sources about various aspects of American history. It is organized almost like scripture (history, prophets, etc.)

Well worth reading if you are interested in what the founding fathers really said.

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