An essential read.
With a Presidential election coming up, Bates's observations provide a fascinating, sometimes disturbing, backdrop to the good fight ahead [US elections].
Bates's account of American religious life is detailed, accurate and engaging...
This tour of the wilder shores of US evangelism engages seriously with its ideas....
This is the best book on the religious politics of the USA thats come out for years. Once again, Stephen Bates gets it right.
[Stephen Bates] is one of the most perceptive observers of religion in America -- on either side of the Atlantic.
Insightful, knowledgeable and at times a bit frightening . . . Bates reveals a social and political force with influence on the world stage that cannot be ignored.
I could not wait for this book to come out and it does not disappoint.
Bates drove across the Bible Belt to write this book and packs it with a journalist's eye for detail and a good story ... It's a remarkable achievement; vivid, eloquent and vital for anyone wishing trying to understand the soul of the most powerful nation on earth.
A fascinating insight into the history and political influence of the Religious Right in the USA