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The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama (George H. Shriver Lecture Series in Religion in American History) Hardcover – April 25, 2012
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About the Author
David L. Holmes is Walter G. Mason Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus at the College of William and Mary. His books include the The Faiths of the Founding Fathers, A Brief History of the Episcopal Church, A Nation Mourns, and The Life of the Rev. Devereux Jarratt.
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It's not fashionable in academia or what many might call "elite intellectual circles" today to talk about faith, except perhaps to denigrate it. Dr. Holmes, for a change, offers the more nuanced and accurate view, showing how faith can influence a leader for the best and, maybe, for the worst. Moreover, he proves the folly of reading too much into express declarations of faith and lack thereof at a time when so many who go into politics are pressed into openly sharing religion's role in their lives.Read more ›
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I thought I was fairly up-to-date on current events and personalities. I expected not to know as much about the earlier presidents. Read morePublished 12 months ago by long-time reader
The book is a wonderful compilation of history and insightful analysis. I read it quickly; the revelations were fascinating.Published 13 months ago by P.R. Pickwick
I approached the reading of David Holmes' "The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents, fromTruman to Obama," with a sense of intrigue as I wondered how he would tackle such a long, wide,... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Charles M. Pope
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than to be both a successful and devout President of the United States - at least that is the thought that crossed my... Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by James Arritt
David Holmes gives a readable and very interesting look into the private religious lives of the post war presidents. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by David J. Wallace
Finally, we have access to a delightfully readable, yet scholarly account of the religions of recent presidents. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by desmoinesgrandma
I saw this book at our local library on the new books shelf, checked it out immediately, and had trouble putting it down. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Doug B.
By elucidating the religious beliefs of our nation's postwar presidents, David L. Holmes does far more than shed divine light on the Sunday churchgoing habits of the executive... Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by onestarwatt