Thursday, May 28, 2009

Billy Graham: Friend of Republicans

Ross Douthat weighs in on Stephen P. Miller's new book, Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009).

Douthat, whose political leanings generally tilt differently than my own (read, conservative), nonetheless, was a regular stop during the last presidential election to take the Republican pulse, and also to witness some rare, nuanced conservative views on Obama, McCain, and the daily machinations of presidential politics. He was one of several bloggers at The Atlantic (like Megan McArdle) that I respected as writers, even if I didn't always march in lockstep with. Sadly, Douthat stopped blogging for The Atlantic in April (he now is a regular op-ed contributor to the NY Times).

His review is solid, like most of what he writes. Douthat, btw, also has a book, Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream, which came out in 2008.

Looks like I'll need to add Miller's book to my growing list of summer reading material.

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