The battle between church and state has dogged us for hundreds of years, as has that between the rights of the individual versus the power of the state. In this extraordinary book, Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty, New York Times best-selling writer John M. Barry traces back the origins of these debates, and what he finds is as relevant today as it was in the 17th century. The Washington Post said Barry’s earlier book Rising Tide could “change the way we think.” So can Barry’s latest. While we are familiar with the accomplishments of men like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington, Roger Williams’ importance is often overlooked. In this revelatory book, acclaimed historian John Barry changes that as he explores Williams’ legacy and the role he played in forming many of the ideas that serve as the backbone of America to this day. (GibsonsB)
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