American Grace is a monumental work, an elegant narrative built on a solid foundation of massive research. This surprising, absolutely fascinating, and ultimately uplifting portrait of the changing role of religion in American life deserves the widest possible audience. It is a triumph.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Religion is perhaps the most significant but little understood force in American life, and this new book goes a long way toward illuminating how faith affects our politics and our culture. Robert Putnam and David Campbell have produced an original and thought-provoking work.
Jon Meacham, author of American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
Perhaps the most sweeping look yet at contemporary American religion.
Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post
American Grace is an instant canonical text. It is indispensable for any grasp of our pluralistic religious culture. And it inspires us to deepen our ecumenical democracy!
Cornel West, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
This remarkable book does to religion what the Kinsey Report did to sex: document , dissect and assess the role religionbroadly defined to include disbelief and uncertaintyplays in our national experience. Whether you are a fundamentalist or atheist (or anything in-between) this book matters, because religion matters.
Alan Dershowitz, author of The Genesis Of Justice and The Trials Of Zion
In American Grace, Robert Putnam and David Campbell analyze survey data and congregational profiles to give us a comprehensive look at religion in our country, and reach conclusions that will provide much thought for reflection. For those interested in the role of religion in society, this is an important book to read. It will be the topic of much discussion.
Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners and author of God's Politics and Rediscovering Values
For anyone interested in the role of religion in Americas civic life, Robert Putnam and David Campbells American Grace is a must read. I am confident that their findings from rich case studies and sophisticated analysis of original national surveys will be of great value to academics, politicians, community organizers, religious and non-religious leaders, and American citizens who wonder about why and how religion continues to matter so much in American civic and private life.
Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame
This is the best overview of American religion in the last half century that I have ever read. If you care about American religion, you must read this book.
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism
A big, multifaceted work. . . . Intellectually powerful.
Robert Wright, New York Times Book Review