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The Most Famous Man in America by Debby Applegate
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Oct 27, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in October, 2009

This was a very well written, fascinating book about the life and times of a very interesting man. Henry Ward Beecher was the most famous preacher in America in the second half of the 19th century. His views on the overpowering love of God were revolutionary compared to the more common contemporary belief in a demanding, wrathful God. His controversial, and many times contradictory, teachings and practices were brought to the forefront when he was embroiled in a sensational trial for accused adultery that riveted the entire country (and generated more newspaper headlines than the entire Civil War!). Besides telling the story of a very unique man, this book provides a fascinating look at the religious, political and social history of pre- and post-Civil War America. I really enjoyed this book and can see why it won the Pulitzer Prize.

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