“ . . . Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South,  a study of the evangelist’s relationship to the cause of civil rights on the one hand and the cause of conservatism on the other, does justice to the tensions and complexities involved — for Graham, for the South and for the country.” – Ross Douthat, New York Times Book Review, April 16, 2009

“ . . . wonderfully readable, engrossing . . . . a captivating history and a profound work of scholarship. Miller ably shows how evangelicalism aided the new conservatism long before the Christian Right exploded onto the scene. – Randall J. Stephens, The Journal of American History 97.1 (June 2010) [subscription required]

“ . . . a political biography that shines fresh light on Graham's political machinations, navigation of the civil rights movement and boosting of the Sunbelt South.” – John Turner, Christian Century, October 6, 2009

“. . .  an amazing journey, and Miller documents it well. This book is important for several reasons . . . . a fine work. – Bill J. Leonard, The Journal of Southern History 77.2 (May 2011) [subscription required]


". . . merits a close read by all interested in Graham and American Evangelicalism, as well as the interface of southern politics and religion." – Merrill Hawkins, Jr., The Journal of Southern Religion (2011)


Steven P. Miller has given us a political biography of Billy Graham that will help us remember the last half of the 20th century in America and will open our eyes to the interplay of religion and politics that has shaped us, especially in the South.” – David George, Ethicsdaily.com, August 18, 2009


Miller has done excellent work here and Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South deserves to be read as a fair, but often critical assessment of the nature of the politics and culture of evangelicalism.” – Chris Smith, The Englewood Review of Books, January 12, 2010


. . . an important book because it treats Graham as a serious historical figure . . . bridges the divide between religious scholars and modern US political historians. – Michael Flamm, The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture 3.1 (2010) [subscription required]


“ . . . painstakingly researched and wonderfully written.  It is the best book on Billy Graham in years and ought to find adoption in upper-level undergraduate and graduate history and religion classes dealing with Southern, political, evangelical, presidential, and civil rights topics.” – Miles S. Mullin II, Fides et Historia 42.1 (Winter/Spring 2010)


Acton Institute (Grand Rapids, MI), October 16, 2009

Charlotte Observer
, May 2, 2009 (reprint of NYTBR review)
 
 
The Mennonite, June 16, 2009

St. Louis Beacon, April 22, 2009

Wilmington (NC) Star-News, May 3, 2009

Winston-Salem Journal, May, 10 2009



“With this book, Steven P. Miller emerges as a significant new voice in the history of evangelical Christianity. This is a first-rate book, well written, strongly researched, and full of insight into the politics of racial accommodation in the postwar South. . . . The book opens new territory for modern American religious and political history, and for this reason it should be considered essential reading.” – Donald T. Critchlow, Reviews in American History, March 2011 [subscription required]

“Miller manages a rare feat: his book is thoroughly researched, extensively documented, very detailed, and an extremely good read at the same time.  It is a work of excellent scholarship that can easily engage a broader audience.” – Mark J. Rozell, American Historical Review 116.4 (October 2011)

“Historians studying the evolution of modern conservatism below the Mason-Dixon line have paid too little attention to religion. Steven Miller has done a masterful job of correcting this oversight in his beautifully written, well argued and carefully researched Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South. . . Thanks to Miller’s engaging and provocative book, Billy Graham and modern conservatism will never look the same.” Matthew Avery Sutton, Social History 35.2 (2010) [subscription required]

“ . . . enormously insightful on the myriad interpersonal relations Graham established with preachers, oilmen, and presidents, especially the way Graham influenced Nixon's development of a 'southern strategy.'  In Miller's expert interpretive handling, to be a modern preacher is inextricable from the practice of modern politics. – Kathryn Lofton, Religious Studies Review 36.4 (December 2010) [subscription required]

“Fascinating . . . Miller is a valuable and sophisticated guide to how Graham – a man interested in both saving souls and playing golf with presidents – helped shape today's South.” – Rob Christensen, Raleigh News & Observer, May 24, 2009

Miller’s treatment of Graham is required reading for anyone wishing to make sense of Graham, his native region, and the modern South’s political restructurings. . .  Miller’s gift for clear, fluid, and precise prose also makes his book a readable page-turner.” – Darren Grem, H-Net Reviews (H-NC), November 2009

“Much has been said about the Democratic Party losing the South after 1968, but little has been said about the influence of a man who was a spiritual leader for millions of Americans — and mostly white Americans, at that — for decades. This new book is a welcome corrective.” – John Stoehr, Independent Weekly (Durham, NC), July 15, 2009

In Miller’s analysis, a Billy Graham whom we haven’t seen in public before emerges. . . Miller’s look at Graham’s politics and politicking appears solidly researched.  Its revelations about Graham are documented.  In addition to assessing Graham as more than a religious figure, it offers insights into how power and religion converge[d] in the newly aligned Sunbelt South. Charles Wheeler, Greensboro (NC) News and Record, February 9, 2010

Miller's study is a significant contribution to the fields of southern history, political history, and American religious history. . . Miller adds nuance to historians' understanding of Graham and fills a significant gap in the stories of the contemporary South and modern political conservatism. Nathan A. Finn, The North Carolina Historical Review 87.1 (January 2010) [subscription required]

Miller demonstrates a keen eye for the telling phrases in conversations or letters and incorporates them in a swiftly flowing narrative that pulls the reader along.
James Guth, Journal of Church & State 51.4 (Autumn 2009) [subscription required]

Southern Cultures, Spring 2010 [subscription required]

Georgia Historical Quarterly 94.1 (Spring 2010) [subscription required]