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Author: Peter Manseau Narrator: Kevin Stillwell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781478932598
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A groundbreaking new look at the story of America

At the heart of the nation’s spiritual history are audacious and often violent scenes. But the Puritans and the shining city on the hill give us just one way to understand the United States. Rather than recite American history from a Christian vantage point, Peter Manseau proves that what really happened is worth a close, fresh look.

Thomas Jefferson himself collected books on all religions and required that the brand-new Library of Congress take his books, since Americans needed to consider the “twenty gods or no god” he famously noted were revered by his neighbors. Looking at the Americans who believed in these gods, Manseau fills in America’s story of itself, from the persecuted “witches” at Salem and who they really were, to the persecuted Buddhists in WWII California, and from spirituality and cults in the 1960s to the recent presidential election when both candidates were for the first time non-traditional Christians.

One Nation, Under Gods shows how much more there is to the history we tell ourselves, right back to the country’s earliest days. Dazzling in its scope and sweep, it is an American history unlike any you’ve encountered before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The United States is arguably the most religiously diverse nation in the world. Peter Manseau shows how this has always been the case. One Nation, Under Gods is a refreshing, compelling, and surprising reexamination of our nation’s history.”

    Reza Aslan, New York Times bestselling author of Zealot

  • One Nation, Under Gods is one of those too-rare works of innovative history that also manage to be works of literary art. Its series of interlocking stories, rich in color and depth, combine to offer a new picture of America, both past and present.”

    Adam Goodheart, New York Times bestselling author of 1861

  • “Truth telling and riveting storytelling don’t always go hand in hand, but they do in this necessary history of America’s stunningly diverse religious heritage.”


  • “With tales of secret faiths, false tolerance, and quiet yet formidable dissent, each chapter is a window onto lives that were lived on the margin of Christian narratives. And along with a few intriguing statistics, like the fact that twenty percent of Africans in the early colonies were Muslim and that most of the colonists didn’t bother to go to church, they shine a light on history’s finer strands….[A] lively, refreshing account.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[Manseau] shows in this eye-opening new history, even our colonial forefathers recognized that one deity did not fit all…he demonstrates that religious diversity has been a keystone of what makes us great—and fascinating.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Examines the tension between the one and the many in a wide-ranging series of anecdotes (some of them long forgotten) drawn from 500 years of American history.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A thorough reimagining of our nation’s religions…Engagingly written, with a historian’s eye for detail and a novelist’s sense of character and timing, this history from another perspective reexamines familiar tales and introduces fascinating counter narratives.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Manseau artfully packs each profile with context, adding the occasional soupçon of drama to assure maximal, enthralling readability.”


  • “Provides a more colorful, distinct, eccentric, not to mention truthful, historical record….An eye-opener. After reading Manseau, readers will see the influences he writes about not only dot but shape the landscape.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Here at last is the rest of the American story, in one great kaleidoscope of a book. Peter Manseau has revealed the many too often obscured by ‘one nation.’ The truth is so much more vast and strange.”

    Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family

  • “Narrator Kevin Stillwell creates an authentic atmosphere, beginning with the Pilgrims in the Colonies and ending with President Obama and the present cultures of the US. The text is sweeping but precise, and Stillwell’s ability to tell the many anecdotes using various American accents will capture the listener. His cadence is well paced, his voice takes command of the challenging subject matter, and, most of all, he entertains his listening audience.”


  • A November 2015 Library Journal Bestseller in Religion

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About the Author

Peter Manseau is the author of the novel Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter, the memoir Vows, and the travelogue Rag and Bone. He is also the coauthor, with Jeff Sharlet, of Killing the Buddha. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Manseau is also founding editor of the award-winning webzine, and lives with his wife and two daughters in Washington, DC, where he studies religion and teaches writing at Georgetown University.

About the Narrator

Kevin Stillwell is an actor, voice talent, and Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator. His film and television credits include Looper and Drop Dead Diva.