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This text lacks thematic or interpretive unity... blah, blah, blah! It is true, but the value of this text far outweighs such observations. The value of this book is the encyclopedic sweep of the great themes and boatloads of illustrating details that Mr. Williams has included. I used sections of this text for several years while teaching members of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the foundational importance of religion in understanding the modern United States.
It is not intended to be great literature, with factors which some people complain is missing. It is intended to be the "Go To" primary source for the background of major and minor religions and denominations, but also their development until recent times.
Anyone searching for an all-in-one source, backed up by solid writing, will do well to examine this text. My only comment is that a rare bit of Mr. Williams's wry comments shine through in the text; perhaps there should be clearly-defined inserts for these comments.
Nevertheless - a solid source for students and teachers alike. Kudos to Mr. Williams!
 

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