Author David L. Holmes, ” The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama”

Book Beat will be selling books for David L. Holmes, author of “The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama” at six Metro Detroit libraries the week of Sept.10-18th.

The dates and locations are as follows:

Monday, September 10:

Caroline Kennedy Library (24590 George Street, Dearborn Heights, MI  48127. (313) 791-3800).   3pm- 4:15pm

Oak Park Library (14200 Oak Park Boulevard, Oak Park, MI 48237 (248) 691-7480).  7pm-8:15pm

Tuesday, September 11:

Rochester Hills Library (500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester, Michigan 48307-2043 (248) 656-2900).  7pm

Wednesday, September 12:

Canton Public Library (1200 S. Canton Center Rd. Canton, MI 48188 (734)397-0999). 2:30-3:45pm

Plymouth District Library (223 S. Main St. Plymouth, MI 48170 (734) 453-0750).  7pm

Tuesday, September 18:

Grosse Pointe Library (at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236  (313) 881-7511).  7:30pm

“Holmes examines not only the beliefs professed by each president but also the variety of possible influences on their religious faith, such as their upbringing, education, and the faith of their spouse. In each profile close observers such as clergy, family members, friends, and advisors recall churchgoing habits, notable displays of faith (or lack of it), and the influence of their faiths on policies concerning abortion, the death penalty, Israel, and other controversial issues.

Whether discussing John F. Kennedy’s philandering and secularity or Richard Nixon’s betrayal of Billy Graham’s naïve trust during Watergate, Holmes includes telling and often colorful details not widely known or long forgotten. We are reminded, for instance, how Dwight Eisenhower tried to conceal the background of his parents in the Jehovah’s Witnesses and how the Reverend Cotesworth Lewis’s sermonizing to Lyndon Johnson on the Vietnam War was actually not a left- but a right-wing critique.” – from the publisher’s book description

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