God's Right Hand by Michael Sean Winters
How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right

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An acclaimed reporter presents the first major biography of the legendary, and divisive, conservative pastor who reshaped the landscape of American politics—Jerry Falwell. At a time when the Tea Party movement is dominating much of America's social and political discourse, the story of Falwell's Moral Majority will resonate strongly. Indeed, Falwell’s language may sound familiar to anyone who has heard recent speeches by figures like Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, or Michelle Bachmann.
 

About Michael Sean Winters

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Michael Sean Winters has written for publications including The New Republic, the New York Times, Washington Post, Washingtonian, Slate.com, and America, and is a regular contributor to the National Catholic Reporter and The Tablet (London). He lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published January 17, 2012 by HarperOne. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The author presents a thorough if indulgent account of Falwell’s rise to national prominence, including the temptations, conundrums and missteps that befell him as his deepening involvement in politics drew him far afield from the biblical roots of his thinking.

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A blogger for National Catholic Reporter, Winters has written a balanced and highly readable account of the controversial pastor who roused evangelicals and mobilized them to engage in public life. Wi

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Readers will find the personable and friendly Falwell, capable of befriending Ted Kennedy and Larry Flynt, as well as the shrill and divisive Falwell, who accused producers of The Teletubbies of modeling gay sexuality to children, or warning that the United States does not deserve to survive if R...

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When his best friend took a shine to the girl Jerry Falwell wanted to court, Falwell volunteered to mail his friend's love letters, and threw them away, mailing his own. The girl was his friend's fiancee. It worked, and in 1958 Mr. Falwell married Macel Pate, to whom he was devoted until the day...

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Falwell led them into the public square, articulated a coherent rationale for their involvement with politics, and made them the largest and most organized constituency in the contemporary Republican Party.

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