The best George W. Bush books 📚

Browse the best books on George W. Bush as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy

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

By Andrew Preston

Why this book?

This is a magisterial work and the perfect starting point for anyone interested in learning about how religious beliefs and religions of all types have played a role in U.S. foreign policy since the colonial era. It is an incredibly comprehensive and deeply researched book, but do not let its heft deter you—Preston is a skilled narrator and you will find yourself immediately immersed in and absorbed by the stories he shares. His ability to illuminate the links between religion and the core ideas that have guided the U.S. engagement with the world over the past four hundred years is…

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The best books on the history of religion in U.S. foreign relations

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Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America

By Matthew Avery Sutton

Why this book?

Aimee Semple McPherson lived a trailblazing life as the founder of the Four-Square Gospel Pentecostal church in Los Angeles, the first woman to own a US radio station, and a captivating, theatrical preacher. The beauty of Sutton’s book is the way he shows how McPherson’s sexual charisma—as well as her nearly career-ending sexual scandals—enabled her to define herself as the embodiment of Christian virtue. Wearing white and preaching with props and scenery worthy of a Hollywood set, McPherson used a show business savvy to portray conservative Christianity as the bedrock of Americanism.

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The best books that show why sex matters to US history

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Book cover of Love, Sex and Tragedy: Why Classics Matter

Love, Sex and Tragedy: Why Classics Matter

By Simon Goldhill

Why this book?

Simon Goldhill powerfully demonstrates why we remain indebted to the ancient world in so many ways. It is not just that classical columns often decorate our buildings or that classical legends inspire our films and books, our whole life still bears the cultural and psychological imprint of ancient Greece and Rome. Our current obsession with gyms, for example, stems from the Greek passion for exercising in public (and they did so naked). Gymnasium is in origin a Greek word. While Greeks and Romans took different views from us on numerous things, from romantic love to slavery, the issues they first…

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The best books showing daily life in ancient Athens and Rome (at their respective peaks)

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Echo in Ramadi: The Firsthand Story of US Marines in Iraq's Deadliest City

By Scott A. Huesing

Why this book?

Major Scott Huesing is a Marine after my own heart. He was once a Lance Corporal and understands the Corps from top to bottom. He was the combat leader for Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines during their bloody battles in the deadliest city of the Iraq War. Reading this book taught an old Marine what the new Corps is like.

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The best books about war and the Marines

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Book cover of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror

How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror

By Reza Aslan

Why this book?

A popular author of books on Islam and Christianity, Aslan in this book expounds on the idea of cosmic war that I have discussed in Terror in the Mind of God, and more recently as the central subject of my God at War: A Meditation on Religion and Violence. Aslan correctly asserts that struggles that are animated by visions of cosmic war are not easily defeated through conventional means. He cites the “war on terror” proclaimed by President George W. Bush as an ill-conceived effort to fight one concept of cosmic war with another and concludes that the best way…

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The best books on religious violence

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The Son of the House

By Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

Why this book?

The Son of the House is modern, original, page-turning, powerful, and beautifully written. I was curious about the seeming contradiction between Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s title, and the novel’s subject, two women who have been kidnapped in Enugu, Nigeria. Of course, I soon learn there is no contradiction. The lives of both Nwabulu and Julie are impacted by the value once placed upon the son of the house. The novel makes clear that these traditions are changing fast, even as the characters grapple with the reverberations. The novel introduces us to fascinating women who I have thought about long after I finished reading…

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The best novels by African women

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