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Getting Religion By Kenneth L. Woodward

Getting Religion
by Kenneth L. Woodward

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"Blends memoir (especially of the postwar era) with ... reporting and ... historical analysis to tell the story of how American religion, culture, and politics influenced each other in the second half of the twentieth century"--Dust jacket flap.
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Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Ascent of Trump by Kenneth L. Woodward

Blending personal narrative with the story of Christianity in the United States over the last fifty years, the award-winning former editor of Newsweek tells the roller-coaster ride of religion through the cultural, public, and political landscapes of American history. Kenneth L. Woodward, one of the most well-respected journalists in the United States, served as Newsweek's religion editor and chief religion writer for almost forty years, reporting from five continents and contributing more than 700 articles, essays, and book reviews, including nearly 100 cover stories, to the magazine. In this new book, Woodward tells a truly American story about how faith shaped, and continues to shape, our culture and politics (and vice versa). Recent polls from Pew and others attest to the changing demographics of believers in the United States. This book provides historical insights into why these changes have happened (and why some of the information that is being touted by mainstream media may actually be wrong). From the myopic optimism of the 50s, to the civil rights battles of the 60s, to the evangelicalism of Billy Graham and Bill Bright, to the years of Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush, and Obama, we get eye-opening answers to the questions: Is religion really an important part of the American experience? And why do people believe and act the way they do when it comes to religion? Impeccably researched and thought-provoking, this book is perfect for an NPR and Charlie Rose crowd of informed readers looking to understand a topic that continues to cause devotion and division in equal parts.

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Getting Religion Reviews

"In this thoughtful book, Ken Woodward offers us a memorable portrait of the past seven decades of American life and culture. From Reinhold Niebuhr to Billy Graham, from Abraham Heschel to the Dali Lama, from George W. Bush to Hillary Clinton, Woodward captures the personalities and charts the philosophical trends that have shaped the way we live now." -- Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author of Destiny and Power

"For decades, Kenneth Woodward covered religion like no one else in the field: with a keen intellect, an open mind, a big heart, and most of all, the inability to write a dull sentence. In his new memoir, which mixes his own religious upbringing with a typically clearheaded analysis of the times in which he lived (and on which he reported), he takes us on a fascinating journey of what he rightly calls the most volatile religious period in American history. You may open the book for the historical tour, but you'll stay with it because of your brilliant guide." -- James Martin, SJ, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage.

Woodward's book is brilliant--lively, historically informed, and spiced throughout with his trademark wit. Having personally witnessed many of most important events in American religion over the past half century, Woodward provides close-up, moment-to-moment reality to stories others often missed. His judgments are consistently edgy but also appreciative of the achievements of the era's key players he came to know so well. -- Grant Wacker, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Christian History, Duke Divinity School

"No American journalist has patrolled the borders of that often-troubled relationship between faith and culture longer or better than Kenneth Woodward. He's a reporter of the old school, taking the time both to get the story right and to be artful about how he crafts his prose. As Woodward says himself, "being there matters," and in this book, you'll find the wisdom of someone who's just flat-out been there. This is a superb book." -- John L. Allen Jr, editor of Crux and author of A People of Hope

"This survey and interpretation of the American socio-religious scene over the past half century is deeply resourced, comprehensive in coverage, fair-minded in its judgments, and eminently readable. It covers much more than politics, but Woodward has original things to tell us on that highly charged topic. His account of the religious right is a model of clarity, and he balances that by calling attention to often overlooked religious dimensions to Democratic party politics -- especially the importance of Methodism in the political formation of George McGovern and Hillary Clinton. All in all, a terrific book." -- Philip Gleason, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.

"If ever there were a journalist who could write of his journey through the multi-dimensional worlds of religion in America --- and in the world, it is Kenneth Woodward. Religion Reported is a fascinating account of his almost 40 years as the religion editor of Newsweek. He takes us behind the scenes with illuminating portrayals of some of the major religious and political leaders of the latter twentieth century and does so with thorough research, balanced reporting, candid assessments, and more than a little humor. As Woodward notes, 'being there' mattered. It becomes clear that the author has been everywhere on the religion scene and his observations are incisive and insightful. Readers of this engaging book will feel, as I did, that they were there also." -- Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Not since de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, has there been such a personal and insightful survey of religion in American life. Ken Woodward's Getting Religion is in some ways even better because de Tocqueville was a just visitor to America while Woodward is a sympathetic insider who loves church and state as well as the separation between them that mutually enriches both. This is a masterful record of the dance of religion on American shores since the second world war. Ken Woodward may be the only one who could have written it. --Rabbi Marc Gellman, Ph.D., former religion columnist for

About Kenneth L. Woodward

KENNETH L. WOODWARD, edited Newsweek's Religion section from 1964 until his retirement in 2002. He remained a writer-at-large at Newsweek until 2009. He is the author of Making Saints: How the Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes a Saint and Who Doesn't and The Book of Miracles: The Meaning of the Miracle Stories in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam.

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Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Ascent of Trump by Kenneth L. Woodward
Kenneth L. Woodward
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