Public Confessions: The Religious Conversions That Changed American Politics Audiobook, by Rebecca L. Davis Play Audiobook Sample

Public Confessions: The Religious Conversions That Changed American Politics Audiobook

Public Confessions: The Religious Conversions That Changed American Politics Audiobook, by Rebecca L. Davis Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Vayu O'Donnell Publisher: Brilliance Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781713568940

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Total Audiobook Chapters:

8

Longest Chapter Length:

96:25 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

14:56 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

65:36 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

1

Publisher Description

Personal reinvention is a core part of the human condition. Yet in the mid-twentieth century, certain private religious choices became lightning rods for public outrage and debate.

Public Confessions reveals the controversial religious conversions that shaped modern America. Rebecca L. Davis explains why the new faiths of notable figures including Clare Boothe Luce, Whittaker Chambers, Sammy Davis Jr., Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali, Chuck Colson, and others riveted the American public. Unconventional religious choices charted new ways of declaring an "authentic" identity amid escalating Cold War fears of brainwashing and coercion. Facing pressure to celebrate a specific vision of Americanism, these converts variously attracted and repelled members of the American public. Whether the act of changing religions was viewed as selfish, reckless, or even unpatriotic, it provoked controversies that ultimately transformed American politics.

Public Confessions takes intimate history to its widest relevance, and in so doing, makes you see yourself in both the private and public stories it tells.

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”Davis succeeds at weaving biography and analysis and big-picture significance together in seamless fashion, making for an enjoyable as well as instructive read.

— Darren Dochuk, author of Anointed with Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America. 

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