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American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation By Jon Meacham

Newsweek editor Meacham asserts at the start of this treatise on religion and its role in the nation's development: "If totalitarianism was the great problem of the 20th century, then extremism is so far the great problem of the 21st century." Meacham's discussion, while compelling when focused on the Founding Fathers and the middle ground that they sought in their dealings with faith and freedom, falters when he discusses later presidents and their religious views. Still, Meacham's argument for a "sensible center" in religion and politics rings through loud and clear.

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