The American Bible-whose America Is This?: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation

Paperback | January 8, 2013

byStephen Prothero

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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.

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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 cultur...

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Bestselling author Stephen Prothero addresses the question of "Whose America is this," by exploring American political discourse and the significant texts that make up the living history of the American people.American politics is broken because we have forgotten how to talk with one another. Instead of arguing on behalf of of our nati...

STEPHEN PROTHEROis theNew York Timesbestselling author ofReligious LiteracyandGod Is Not One, a professor of religion at Boston University, and a senior fellow at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. His work has been featured on the cover ofTimemagazine,The Oprah Winfrey Show,The Daily Show with Jon...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.81 × 6.88 × 1.36 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062123459

ISBN - 13:9780062123459

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In The American Bible, Prothero has turned his considerable talents to assembling a version of the American canon. The author’s prose is, as usual, spritely, informed and incisive.”