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Since Thomas Jefferson first recorded those self-evident truths in the Declaration of Independence, America has been a nation that has unfolded as much on the page and the podium as on battlefields or in statehouses. Here Stephen Prothero reveals which texts continue to generate controversy and drive debate. He then puts these voices into conversation, tracing how prominent leaders and thinkers of one generation have commented upon the core texts of another, and invites listeners to join in.

Few can question that the Constitution is part of our shared cultural lexicon, that the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision still impacts lives, or that The Star-Spangled Banner informs our national identity. But Prothero also considers lesser known texts that have sparked our war of words, including Thomas Paine's Common Sense and Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

In The American Bible, Christopher Hitchens weighs in on Huck Finn, and Sarah Palin comments on Martin Luther King Jr. From the speeches of Presidents Lincoln, Kennedy, and Reagan to the novels of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Ayn Rand, Prothero takes the listener into the heart of America's culture wars. These scriptures provide the words that continue to unite, divide, and define Americans today.

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About the Author

Stephen Prothero is a professor of religion at Boston University and the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One. He and his work have been featured on the cover of Time magazine and on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Daily Show, National Public Radio, and other top national media outlets. He writes and reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Boston Globe, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Slate, and other publications.