American Demagogue: The Great Awakening and the Rise and Fall of Populism

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About the Author
J. D. Dickey is the New York Times bestselling author of Empire of Mud, a history of the troubled rise of Washington, D.C., in the nineteenth century and Rising in Flames: Sherman's March and the Fight for a New Nation, also published by Pegasus Books. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
"Dickey's book contemplates the curious tendency of populism to veer off in radical directions that its originators (including Whitefield) do not intend. A sprightly, engaging narrative. For [Revolutionary] soldiers, what Whitefield preached was what they fought for: the spirit of Christ and of liberty."-- "Wall Street Journal"
"Dickey tells us in graceful prose how 18th century American evangelists held their audiences spellbound--the same techniques employed by one demagogue after another. Masterful. The Great Awakening was a popular and inclusive uprising spearheaded by Whitefield and his apparent demagoguery but by no means confined by them. And that uprising presumably made Americans of us all."-- "The New York Review of Books"
"A thoughtful take on an intriguing period of American history."-- "Library Journal"
"Politics intersected with this religious, populist fervor and the seeds of the American Revolution were sown and began quickly to grow, affecting decades far beyond the Revolution itself. Journalist and U.S. historian Dickey (Rising in Flames, 2018) enhances his account with illustrations from contemporary sources, which give readers compelling images of this era's vivid personalities."-- "Booklist"
"Ineresting. Dickey looks at the march mainly through the eyes of soldiers and other participants."-- "The New York Times Book Review (Praise for RISING IN FLAMES)"
"Superlative and impeccably researched. Dickey tells the story of Sherman's march unforgettably, with power on every page."-- "Publishers Weekly (Praise for RISING IN FLAMES)"
"A page-turning and highly original account. No one interested in Sherman's March should be deprived of his lively narrative. Absolutely spellbinding."-- "The Wall Street Journal (Praise for RISING IN FLAMES)"