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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (142 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Gibbs Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN:
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No one man or woman has ever been in a position to see the presidents, and the presidency, so intimately, over so many years. They called him in for photo opportunities. They called for comfort. They asked about death and salvation; about sin and forgiveness.

At a time when the nation is increasingly split over the place of religion in public life, The Preacher and the Presidents reveals how the world's most powerful men and world's most famous evangelist, Billy Graham, knit faith and politics together. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siobhan | 2/20/2014

    " This was a very intriguing book that gave an amazing insight to how religion is one of the singular things that is very similar to each president. While I don't agree with Graham's feelings about religion I was immediately drawn to how the different political backgrounds regardless Reagan, Carter, Nixon, Bush Sr., Clinton and W. all found peace of mind with this one man. A great and informative read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 2/15/2014

    " A fascinating frame for a biography of Billy Graham. Well-written and definitely worth a read for anyone interested in Graham's life and work, or in how faith has affected the recent Presidents of the United States. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Perez | 2/14/2014

    " Fascinating account of 20th century's more famous preacher and his relationships with the most powerful leaders in the free world from Truman to Bush. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaye | 2/2/2014

    " This book presented an amazing overview through history, highlighting Billy Graham's importance in politics and religion, while offering religious details on presidents Truman through Bush. It was well written and researched, and gave the reader the good and the bad of Graham, and how he grew as a person and a preacher. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 2/2/2014

    " I did not know how close Dr. Graham was to the presidents starting with Eisenhower. He gave Ms. Gibbs numerous candid interviews that describe in detail how he matured and learned how to relate and minister to such powerful men. His wife kept him firmly planted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margot Friedman | 1/30/2014

    " The Preacher and the Presidents is a wonderful way to review 20th century history through the particular lense of Rev. Billy Graham's relationship with each president. It also provides an instructive outline of how the religious right gained power in America in the latter half of the 20th century. It is beautifully written and very clear. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delores | 1/17/2014

    " moving and troubling at the same time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wade Byington | 1/5/2014

    " What a fantastic story and life Billy Graham has lived! As the last chapter says, one of the great miracles of the 20th Century was that Billy Graham remained a humble man. This was such an inspirational book to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Kaste | 12/23/2013

    " Great insight on what it is like to be President and Billy Graham. Gave a behind the scenes view of what Presidents were thinking during major events in the 2nd half of the 1900's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/6/2013

    " One of the most interesting reads I have had in a long time. Good insight into Billy Graham and the presidents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 8/25/2013

    " one of the most interesting books I've ever read. a sobering portrait of the good and ill that happens when two kingdoms collide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 8/6/2013

    " The authors do a fine job of presenting the unique relationship Billy Graham has had with the presidents from Truman to W, focusing on how Graham has matured from his cock-a-doodle-doing over his contact with Truman to his deep, adult relationships with Reagan, Clinton, and HW. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jarrett Ray | 8/5/2013

    " It was a slow read, but an interesting one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 7/29/2013

    " This is an impartial evaluation of Mr. Graham and his relationship and influence on presidents from Truman to G W Bush. I was amazed at the degree of influence he had on the presidents and their subsequent decisions and policies. If you like Mr. Graham, I'd recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 4/4/2013

    " If only all biographies were this interesting and well-written. The book consists of stories and facts about Billy Grahams's relationships with eleven presidents. It's jam packed with details, but somehow the book never drags. A fantastic book about a remarkable figure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Harris | 1/24/2013

    " Loved this book. Gave some fascinating and often surprising insight into Graham and the Presidents he befriended. Highly recommend to anyone who has an interest in political or religous history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Morlok | 1/4/2013

    " It was fascinating to watch Graham's journey through history with the different personalities of each president. It was eye-opening..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 12/2/2012

    " Thoroughly entertaining book. Didn't seem to take political sides. Good insights to the relationships, or lack of, of Billy Graham and the presidents of the last half of the twentieth century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 12/4/2011

    " Listened to the audio while out and about...very interesting look at history. Billy Graham has visited/been involved with every President since Truman. The pull toward politics versus the desire to spread the Gospel made for some interesting tension. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evelyn | 8/26/2011

    " Billy Graham and his relationships with U.S. Presidents: Truman through GW Bush. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 3/30/2011

    " Good but long...if you like history you will like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 2/22/2011

    " Listened to the audio while out and about...very interesting look at history. Billy Graham has visited/been involved with every President since Truman. The pull toward politics versus the desire to spread the Gospel made for some interesting tension. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tmorlok | 6/30/2010

    " It was fascinating to watch Graham's journey through history with the different personalities of each president. It was eye-opening..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 2/2/2010

    " one of the most interesting books I've ever read. a sobering portrait of the good and ill that happens when two kingdoms collide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 2/13/2009

    " Loved this book. Gave some fascinating and often surprising insight into Graham and the Presidents he befriended. Highly recommend to anyone who has an interest in political or religous history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 1/8/2009

    " Good but long...if you like history you will like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/30/2008

    " Fascinating look at Billy Graham's involvement with several presidents of the 20th century. Not as critical as it could be, but still a fair portrayal of what Graham feels is his call to be a pastor to presidents and other people in powerful positions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 2/7/2008

    " A fascinating frame for a biography of Billy Graham. Well-written and definitely worth a read for anyone interested in Graham's life and work, or in how faith has affected the recent Presidents of the United States. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 11/8/2007

    " I did not know how close Dr. Graham was to the presidents starting with Eisenhower. He gave Ms. Gibbs numerous candid interviews that describe in detail how he matured and learned how to relate and minister to such powerful men. His wife kept him firmly planted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 11/7/2007

    " If only all biographies were this interesting and well-written. The book consists of stories and facts about Billy Grahams's relationships with eleven presidents. It's jam packed with details, but somehow the book never drags. A fantastic book about a remarkable figure. "

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About the Author
Author Nancy Gibbs

Nancy Gibbs has authored more than 150 cover stories for Time and is currently the publication’s executive editor. She won the National Magazine Award in 2002 for her cover story after 9/11 and has written covers on Graham and “Faith, God, and the Oval Office,” a story about the role of religion in the 2004 presidential campaign. Named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the ten best magazine writers in the country, she is also the New York Times bestselling author, with Michael Duffy, of the book The Preacher and the Presidents.

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards and the 2005 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has appeared onstage in New York and in regional productions, has several episodes of Law & Order in his list of credits, and has recorded over two hundred audiobooks. Before becoming an actor, he was a ship’s cook in Maine, a roofer, a painter, and a swim team coach.