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Author: Kevin M. Kruse Narrator: Jeff Cummings Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781501238178
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Conventional wisdom holds that America has been a Christian nation since the Founding Fathers. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse argues that the idea of “Christian America” is nothing more than a myth—and a relatively recent one at that.

The assumption that America was, is, and always will be a Christian nation dates back no further than the 1930s, when a coalition of businessmen and religious leaders united in opposition to FDR’s New Deal. With the full support of Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s, these activists—the forerunners of the Religious Right—propelled religion into the public sphere. Church membership skyrocketed; Congress added the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance and made “In God We Trust” the country’s official motto. For the first time, America became a thoroughly religious nation.

Provocative and authoritative, One Nation Under God reveals how the comingling of money, religion, and politics created a false origin story that continues to define and divide American politics today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kruse’s calm and devastating book more than debunks the fraud; it offers brilliant insight into our politics, then and now.”

    Sean Wilentz, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Kruse tells a big and important story about the mingling of religiosity and politics since the 1930s.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A vibrant study of the way cultural influence works—one that will make it impossible to take for granted the small print on the back of a dollar bill ever again.”


  • “A fresh and revealing re-examination of the oft-studied career of the phrase ‘under God’….A deft elaboration on the irony of the corporate involvement in the Christian America promotion…[a] literary portrait taken during the last decades in which Protestant powers ‘ran the show.’”

    America magazine

  • “In a book for readers from both parties, Kruse ably demonstrates how the simple ornamental mottoes ‘under God’ and ‘In God We Trust,’ as well as the fight to define America as Christian, were parts of a clever business plan.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Jeff Cummings…evinces an enthusiasm for the subject, which invites listeners to continue.”


  • A Library Journal Editor’s Pick for Spring 2015
  • A New York Times Bestseller

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About the Author

Kevin M. Kruse is a professor of history at Princeton University and the author or coeditor of four books, including the award-winning White Flight. Kruse lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Jeff Cummings, as an audiobook narrator, has won both an Earphones Award and the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Narration in Science and Technology. He is also a twenty-year veteran of the stage, having worked at many regional theaters across the country, from A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City and the International Mystery Writers’ Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky. He also spent seven seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.