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5.0 out of 5 stars Smoking hot history, April 17, 2006
This review is from: American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation (Hardcover)
Be warned. If you think a book about the early days of the American Republican won't keep you up at night, you might be in for an insomniac surprise. Meacham writes with such an engaging style, the founding fathers come alive as they struggle and stumble toward the creation of the constitution.

Our nation was not put on its feet by mythical men who were invariably unwavering in their resolve. Meacham presents them as they were: brave but flawed men, who endlessly confronted their own misgivings and ambivalence. He shows us the imperfectly human leaders of the new nation, warts and all, as they hammer out the structure of the government as we know it.

"American Gospel" is not just a rehashing of the history you already know. It's a fresh, clearheaded look at the early struggles over how to balance a government by the people and for the people, and how to determine what role God should play in that.

There is perhaps no better time to pick up this book and subject yourself to late nights and bleary-eyed mornings. With debates over God's place in a modern society continuing unabated, "American Gospel" may be more relevant now than ever.

This is a book you will read with the same fevered pace as the hottest novel on the bestsellers list. The difference being, you will learn a great deal about our history and perhaps glean some insights on how things stand today. An absolute must read you'll want to leave on your coffee table, to be picked up again when a houseguest offers his own views on God, the founding fathers and the making of a nation.
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