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Falwell Inc.: Inside a Religious, Political, Educational, and Business Empire

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Spiritual Street Fighter. Radical Educator. Christian Entrepreneur.

The late Reverend Jerry Falwell was a controversial and divisive religious and political figure whose legacy will long outlive him. Falwell Inc. is the first close examination of how he built his conservative empire, from the inner workings of the fund-raising juggernauts behind his church, university, an

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by St. Martin's Press
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Tim Chavel
Oct 31, 2011 Tim Chavel rated it really liked it
Dirk Smillie is a reporter at "Forbes" magazine. He writes this book from someone wanting to learn how Jerry Falwell built his empire. This is a very interesting book. For those who remember one of our favorite chapel speakers from the 70's at Pensacola Christian College, Ron Godwin, will enjoy learning more about him in this book. It is fascinating learning about the many ways money was raised at Liberty. The many friends and business that help to build the ministry. If you want to learn about ...more
John Kennedy
May 20, 2009 John Kennedy rated it liked it
Not a lot that I didn't already know, but I knew a lot about Jerry Falwell already.
Oct 11, 2008 Jane rated it it was amazing
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Having grown up between the empires of Pat Robertson in Virginia Beach and Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, I can testify that no Virginian is neutral about either evangelist. However, as an outside observer with a solid background in financial reporting, Dirk Smillie has written a remarkably fair assessment of Falwell's fiscal and religious realm, including a family history that explains many of his motives and actions. All the warts are on display, but so are the merits, resulting in a riveting nar ...more
Dec 07, 2012 David rated it it was ok
This book simply was not very good. It read like a hastily assembled college term paper.

The book just didn't talk about the empire as a while. It just discussed the various parts of it, and seemed to emphasize some like the University, and de-emphasize others.

Seems like Falwell was a fascinating man, and his empire was fascinating-but this book just didn't deliver a good grip on it.

I did however learn the meaning of fundamentalism, though, and also how public appeals on TV, we're direct decende
Aug 15, 2015 StarRichardson rated it it was amazing
This is the definitive account of Falwell as a religious businessman and political kingmaker, probably one of the most influential figures in American life at the end of the 20th century. The author got astonishing access to the family, from the murder of Falwell's uncle by his father to the rollercoaster ride of bringing his religious empire to the financial brink over and over. Donald Trump's salesmanship and power of persuasion is nothing compared to Falwell's.
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