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Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): A History of the Religious Battles That Define America from Jefferson's Heresies to Gay Marriage Today by [Stephen R.  Prothero]

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''Prothero brilliantly shows how the same groups drive conflicts year after year and often lose-and how the results eventually make us stronger. Useful, instructive reading for all voters in the upcoming election.'' --Kirkus (starred review)

''A lively, highly readable, and thought-provoking analysis of how culture wars arise, how they are fought, and how they end. Both sides can learn much from this volume.'' --Douglas Laycock, University of Virginia Law School

''Shows how culture-wars battles have been waged since the nation's founding and have molded the national character and traditions . . . illuminating and absorbing.'' --
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

''A timely social history that illustrates that the current conflicts are actually part of a much larger story. This book provides social, political, and historical context to the current culture wars and offers constructive and hopeful ideas for defueling the cycle, ideas that are pertinent to liberals and conservatives alike.'' --
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Headlines scream that the United States is stuck in the middle of an un-precedented, unsolvable, and vicious political war, pitting Right against Left, Tea Party against progressives, religious against secular. As these battles rage, many worry whether we will survive the cultural fragmentation and political polarization. And this is where Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections) offers good news. Stephen Prothero, the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One and Boston University professor of religion, argues that these divisive debates are how Americans have always worked out their thorniest issues.

Prothero reveals that "culture wars" are not a modern invention. They have been the mechanism by which the nation continually wrestles with, and expands on, what it means to be American. After recounting the history of the culture wars that have both rocked and shaped our national identity--from Jefferson's contested election in 1800 to debates over Catholics, Mormons, prohibition; from abortion to struggles over gay marriage today--Prothero concludes that these conflicts follow the same cycle: Conservatives initiate a war by rallying an anxious electorate to a "cause." Capitalizing on fear and frustration, conservatives often win the elections but, surprisingly, almost always lose the culture wars. Why? Because they choose causes that are already lost. Solving this historical puzzle, Prothero explains, empowers us to dull the sharp edges of religious and political extremism and advance the winning cause of liberty itself.

Why Conservatives Win Elections While Losing the Culture Wars

New York Times bestselling author Stephen Prothero examines our nation's long history of culture wars to reveal the surprising news that provides hope for our future.

"Brilliantly shows how the same groups drive conflicts year after year--and how the results eventually make us stronger. Instructive reading for all voters."--Kirkus (starred review)

"A lively, highly readable, and thought-provoking analysis of how culture wars arise, how they are fought, and how they end. Both sides can learn much from this volume."--Douglas Laycock, professor at the University of Virginia Law School

Praise for Religious Literacy, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice:

"Provocative and timely."--Washington Post Book World

"Remarkable . . . especially deft."--Washington Monthly

"A compelling argument."--TIME

Praise for God Is Not One:

"Enormously timely, thoughtful, and balanced."--Los Angeles Times

"2010's must-read."--The Daily Beast

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00FJ302XI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperOne; Reprint edition (January 5, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 5, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 910 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 330 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0061571296
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Stephen Prothero is the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and chair of the religion department at Boston University. His work has been featured on the cover of Time magazine, Oprah, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, National Public Radio, and other top national media outlets. He writes and reviews for The New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and other publications. He holds degrees in American Religion from Harvard and Yale.

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