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

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Macmillan, Jul 22, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 246 pages
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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, and conservative causes, to the explosive growth of Liberty University, founded by Falwell to mint conservative lawyers, judges, and politicans. Falwell’s religious ventures are now in the hands of his two very different sons. They are expanding their father’s empire beyond what he ever achieved.

Investigative reporter Dirk Smillie reveals the financial rapids Reverend Falwell and son Jerry Jr. hit when business failures piled up $100 million in debt and nearly sank his school and ministry. Smillie uncovers the extraordinary impact Falwell, in saving his spiritual enterprises, has had on Lynchburg, Virginia, and how savvy real estate investments and relentless fund-raising saved the empire. Falwell Inc. details the spreading influence his legacy continues to exert on our country.

Falwell Inc. is above all an astonishing behind-the-curtains look at a powerful but flawed man and his multimillion-dollar business, political, religious, and education enterprises, by a reporter with unprecedented access to the family.

  

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

User Review  - David - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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

User Review  - John Kennedy - Goodreads

Not a lot that I didn't already know, but I knew a lot about Jerry Falwell already. Read full review

Contents

A SmallTown Killing
13
Verbal Vigilantes
36
Microphone Missionary
63
Biblical Bling
87
Righteous Brothers
136
Immaculate Inflection
157
Lords of Lynchburg
187
acknowledgments
219
BIBLIOGRAPHY
231
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About the author (2008)

Dirk Smillie is a senior reporter at Forbes magazine, specializing in investment fraud and family business dynasties. He has written about notorious grifters in the oil, telecom, and wine worlds, and the financial ventures of Deepak Chopra, Marvin Davis, Warner LeRoy, Mexican billionaire Eugenio Lopez, and the Taittingers of France.

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