What have some of our team members and authors been reading and engaging with lately?

American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
by Colin Woodward

We all know that the United States is a large and diverse country, filled with people who fundamentally disagree with one another about the nature and purpose of society. This fascinating book breaks North America down into eleven different cultures with their own sets of values and visions for how government should work. The author clearly favors the cultures of the northeast and looks down on the south, but the book still helped me understand myself and others better.  (Rick Barry)

A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan
by Michael Kazin

Even before I was interested in politics or Jesus, I was interested in William Jennings Bryan. While his work campaigning against the teaching of evolution is what he’s mainly remembered for now, at the height of his career he was a figure we can’t really get our heads around today: He was one of the foremost evangelical preachers in the United States and the figurehead of progressive politics at the same time—as though Bernie Sanders and Rick Warren were the same person. Plus, he delivered some of the best speeches in U.S. history. (Rick Barry)

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