This volume opens a new avenue toward understanding the politics and policies of many US presidents. As the essays in this book reveal, religion has had an enormous impact on many critical presidencies in US history. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, these essays reveal the deeply religious side to Truman, Eisenhower, and Reagan, among others.
George W. Bush's religiosity has invited much analysis and controversy about the impact of religion on government. This collection of leading scholars' essays first examines the impact of various religions voting groups on the 2004 presidential campaign, and then reviews and assesses the impact of religion on the policies of the Bush presidency.