According to the sub-title, One Nation Under God is the story of how corporate America created Christian America. I became aware of this book through Twitter and decided to give it a read.

In the 1930s big business in America fell on hard times due to labor unrest and FDR’s New Deal. In response they began funding religious leaders in exchange for their condemnation of Roosevelt and the labor unions.  One Nation Under God details how that involvement increased through the rest of the 1930s and 40s before really taking off in the 1950s with the rise of the evangelist Billy Graham and the election of Dwight D. Eisenhower as President.

As the mix of religion and politics continued through the 1950s and into the 60s and 70s, the movement became more and more slanted toward conservative Republicans. During his administration, Nixon blatantly used religion as a political tool to promote his policies and punish his enemies. Much has been made of Eisenhower’s warning about the ‘military-industrial complex’ in his farewell speech; maybe he should have given a warning about the blending of religion with right-wing politics instead.

I gave One Nation Under God three stars on Goodreads. While it was well-documented and provided a lot of valuable information, the writing was on the dry side and there was some repetition of material that made it run longer than what I though necessary.

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