Frances FitzGerald

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The most important new book on evangelicals in many years has been released just in time for Easter... Everyone who cares about religion in America must read it. -- The Rev. Dr. David Gushee

If you remember the Scopes monkey trial from high school and are tempted to skim FitzGerald's bit on that 1920s dispute, don't. It was never as simple as how or whether to teach evolution in public schools, and FitzGerald's examination of why is a highlight. -- TIME MAGAZINE

[A]"... massively learned and electrifying new book..." -- The Christian Science Monitor.

[A] capacious history of Evangelical American Protestantism. . . . A complex and fascinating epic.”
—Booklist Starred Review

"Another superb work by renowned but long-absent political journalist FitzGerald..."

"...a compelling narrative history of “the white evangelical movements..."

Simon & Schuster | 752 pages | ISBN 9781439131336 | April 2017
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“It is, simply put, a page turner: FitzGerald is a great writer capable of keeping a sprawling narrative on point…
“We have long needed a fair-minded overview of this vitally important religious sensibility, and FitzGerald has now provided it.” -- Alan Wolfe

Here is Frances FitzGerald's long awaited major work of American history -- The Evangelicals.
"It is a breathtaking achievement...full of drama and challenge and occupied by some of the most larger-than-life chaaracters, it is a quintessential American story. Now it has found an author worthy of it."

      Alice Mayhew, Vice President, Editorial Director, Simon & Shuster

“FitzGerald’s brilliant book could not have been more timely, more well-researched, more well-written, or more necessary.” The American Scholar

“Without a doubt the best book on the history and present status of American evangelicals. . . . ambitious, engaging, and nuanced.”
—Harvey G. Cox, Jr., Hollis Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School

“This is the book I’ve been waiting for. Now we have in one volume the richly textured, often puzzling, and always engaging story of American evangelicalism from colonial days to the present. To understand evangelicalism’s impact on our country, this is must reading.”
—Robert Wuthnow, Professor of Sociology and Director of Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion

ONE OF THE BOOKS TO READ IN 2017 -- The Washington Post 12/27/2016

“FitzGerald has crafted nothing less than a spiritual history of the nation whose truest believers have for four centuries constituted themselves a moral majority. This is an American story, objectively told and written from the inside out”
Richard Norton Smith, author of On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller

“This is an important book. FitzGerald has written a monumental history of how evangelicalism has shaped America. Few movements in our long story have had as significant an influence on American life and culture as conservative Christianity, and FitzGerald does full justice to the subject's scope and complexity.”
Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Destiny and Power and Thomas Jefferson

“A rare and valuable book. It’s admirable that Frances FitzGerald is able to tell the story of the American evangelical movement without judgment or bias—but it’s absolutely astonishing that she’s able to tell it with such authority, clarity, and complete grasp of the historical context.”
Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

"Fitzgerald, always judicious and unbiased, nobly succeeds in analyzing the nuanced differences between evangelicalism and fundamentalism, Calvinism and postmillennialism, charismatics and Pentecostals. Her intricate knowledge of Southern Baptists, Mennonites, holiness groups, Dutch Reformed groups, and other nondenominational churches is astonishing." --Douglas Brinkley BOSTON GLOBE

   Frances FitzGerald is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bancroft Prize, and a prize from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of Fire in the Lake: the Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam; America Revised: History School Books in the Twentieth Century; Cities on a Hill: A Journey through Contemporary American Cultures; Way Out in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War; and Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth. She has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, Rolling Stone, and Esquire.