The Christian Right often portrays the founding fathers as strong men, the Christian Founders whom we should revere in patriotic duty. The left sees them as something quite less than that. Presenting a nuanced view rooted in the quotes and primary documents of the founders themselves-and tied in neatly with the current conservative vs. liberal fears-Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham brings readers into a world more fascinating than any stereotype. Noting the Founders complex personal lives, ambiguities, paradoxes between letters and practice, and their expansive views upon liberty, American Gospel moves beyond the past to how religion has played out in America and its current status today. 421 pages, softcover, with extensive appendices and index.