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Published: 08 September 2011

288 Pages | 15 halftones


ISBN: 9780195393460

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The Spiritual-Industrial Complex

America's Religious Battle against Communism in the Early Cold War

Jonathan P. Herzog

  • Argues that American leaders in the early Cold War considered the conflict to be profoundly religious and deliberately used religious beliefs and institutions as part of the plan for victory
  • Shows that well known actions like the addition of the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance were part of a much larger and relatively unexplored program of nationwide sacralization.
  • Introduces several unexplored programs and policies to the historiography of the Cold War, including the Bible Balloons Program, the Committee to Proclaim Liberty, and the Religion in American Life Campaign.