The editor of the award-winning White Flight reveals the role of mid-20th-century corporate titans and evangelical activists in systematically creating the pervasive myth that America has always been a fundamentally Christian nation.
An investigative reporter examines the relationship between intense meditation and mental instability through the case of Ian Thorson, a man who died of dehydration and dysentery on a remote Arizona mountain while practicing a bizarre version of Tibetan Buddhism.
An expansive yet intimate memoir of modern Jewish identity, following the diaspora of the author's own family to assay the impact of memory, displacement and disquiet. His emotionally lucid prose relives the anomie of European Jews after the Holocaust, following their journey from Lithuania to South Africa, England, the United States and Israel. This tale of remembrance and repression, suicide, resilience, moral ambivalence and uneasily evolving loyalties (religious, ethnic, national) both tells an unflinching personal story and contributes an important chapter to the ongoing narrative of Jewish life.
Draws on extensive interviews and years of study to trace the story of Jorge Mario Bergoglio while sharing insights into how he will use papal influence to bridge challenging intersections between faith and politics.
Takes readers on a cultural and historical tour of how rock and roll was influenced and shaped by mystic, occult and supernatural traditions, from Elvis Presley and the British Invasion bands, to 1980s metal and modern hip-hop.
This illustrated companion to the PBS and BBC series The Story of the Jews traces the Jewish experience, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the New World in 1492.
Illuminating the unexpected connections between urban marginality, music, and political mobilization, investigates the Muslim youth movements that have emerged as means of protest against the policies of the war on terror.
This book recounts the author's experiences after her fundamentalist Jewish family cut her off at the age of 16 for exchanging letters with a male friend and traces her downward spiral into promiscuity and self-destruction in New York City.
The distinguished historian and author of The Medici Conspiracy examines atheism as a modern intellectual achievement that has motivated individuals to pursue invention and self-reliance, citing the accomplishments of secular philosophers, scientists and artists who have worked in the absence of religious belief.