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Hero of the Heartland: Billy Sunday and the Transformation of American [Hardcover]

By Robert F. Martin (Author)
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Pages   194
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.72" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.99 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 17, 2002
Publisher   Indiana University Press
ISBN  0253341299  
EAN  9780253341297  

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"Robert F. Martin demonstrates nicely that, beneath all of Billy Sunday's flamboyance, the orphan-turned-baseball player-turned-evangelist embodied the tensions of his age. Martin's prodigious research has yielded a wealth of anecdotal material that adds flavor and spice to his keen analysis."
--Randall Balmer, author of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory:
A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America

William Ashley "Billy" Sunday was the most popular and influential evangelist of his time. Between 1896 and 1935, the colorful Iowa-born evangelist toured first his native Midwest and then the nation, preaching in tent and tabernacle, espousing a simplistic but, for many, deeply satisfying interpretation of Christianity. Embodying the traditional values and attitudes of the heartland and at home in an increasingly diverse, urban, industrial America, Sunday won the hearts--and the pocketbooks--of millions of Americans.

Hero of the Heartland is an interpretive biography that focuses on the ways in which the man and his career resonated with the hopes and fears of his contemporaries as they coped with the economic, social, and cultural changes around the start of the 20th century. Robert F. Martin shows how Sunday and his revivalism helped his followers bridge the gap between the traditional past and the progressive future, and made more comfortable the transition from the old order to the new.

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Not really a book  Dec 9, 2002
The author has taken what would have been a fine essay and tried to turn it into a short book. Unfortunately he has chosen endless repetition of the same facts and opinions rather than increased deapth and insight to do so.
Excellent contextual study of Billy Sunday  Dec 5, 2002
Billy Sunday was a remarkable man of his times, and Martin makes that very clear in this well-written and well-researched book. Whether you are coming to Sunday for the first time or are a seasoned-student, you will want to buy this book and read it, then read it again.
It is not a straightforward biography, but it provides much of the life of Sunday in the context of American culture and society from the Civil War to the Great Depression. A must read.

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