Monday, March 4, 2013

Book Mark: Charles Taylor Prize Awarded

The Charles Taylor Prize for excellence in Canadian literary non-fiction was awarded today to ....

Andrew Preston for Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy

From George Washington to George W. Bush, from the Puritans to the present, from the colonial wars to the Cold War, religion has been one of America’s most powerful sources of ideas about the wider world. When, just days after 9/11, George W. Bush described America as “a prayerful nation, a nation that prays to an almighty God for protection and for peace,” or when Barack Obama spoke of balancing the “just war and the imperatives of a just peace” in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, they were echoing four hundred years of religious rhetoric. Preston traces this echo back to its source.

Read an excerpt from the book.

Congratulations to the winner and all the nominees!

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