Journals Higher Education

$24.95

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17 July 2009

680 Pages

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195395969


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Faith and the Presidency From George Washington to George W. Bush

Gary Scott Smith

Religion has been a major part of the presidency since George Washington's first inaugural address. Despite the mounting interest in the role of religion in American public life, we actually know remarkably little about the faith of our presidents. In this fascinating book, Smith takes a sweeping look at the role religion has played in presidential politics and policies. Drawing on extensive archival research, Smith paints compelling portraits of the religious lives and presidencies of eleven chief executives for whom religion was particularly important. Faith and the Presidency meticulously examines what each of its subjects believed and how those beliefs shaped their presidencies and, in turn, the course of our history.

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