"An excellent guide to what we know and what is still unclear.... While it is always possible to suggest that a book could say more, it is considerably rarer to find one that already says so much so well." -- American Politics Review
"Clyde Wilcox has produced an engaging volume that deals with a complex and controversial movement in American politics. The author skillfully weaves together interviews, original data, and theory in a book that will interest scholars and students alike. I highly recommend it." -- Matthew C. Moen, University of Maine
"For those attempting to sort out the conflicting assessments of the movement, the best place to start is this crisp and lucid overview by Clyde Wilcox.... Not surprisingly, the result of his effort is an unusually balanced portrait." -- Political Science Quarterly
"Interesting and quite readable, this book succeeds in offering a highly useful general guide, especially for nonspecialists, to the key elements of the Religious Right, and it addresses a number of central issues relating to the religious-political nexus. Written by one of a growing number of political scientists exploring the connections between religion and contemporary politics, this book is yet another important contribution to the field." -- Journal of Church & State
"Nicely done. It properly encourages the fact that the religious right is neither. This book should be required reading for all fair-minded people. Wilcox has done a first-class job." -- David Robinson, University of Houston
"Onward Christian Soldiers? is an admirable book. It is a timely introduction to today's religious right, as well as a thoughtful interpretation of it. It is also a splendid study of the increasingly important role that religion plays in today's American politics." -- Michael Lienesch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"There are few dilemmas in American government as difficult to resolve as the role of religion in public life. This book provides a cogent summary of the problem through the lens of the religious right. Novices as well as scholars will learn much from this brief and well-written volume." -- John C. Green , University of Akron
"Well-written and cogent." -- Choice
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Bringing the story of the religious right up to the Obama administration, this revised fourth edition explores the history of the movement in twentieth and early twenty-first century American politics. The authors review the expansion of the Christian right through George W. Bush’s second administration and evaluate how the religious right fared in the 2006 and 2008 elections. Although figureheads of the religious right remain in the news, their power in Washington may be declining, and the authors consider the fate of the religious right under the Obama administration. Examining how the religious right both does and does not fit into the proper role of religious groups in American politics, Onward Christian Soldiers? is an essential addition to the Dilemmas in American Politics series.
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