Tucson Festival of Books

Religion's Grip on Politics


As politics and religion become less and less separated as the Constitution mandates, many are left wondering how this complicated issue will sort out. We hear from Mitt Romney's biographer as well as two other authors, one writing on Evangelical Christianity and one delving into the roots of white supremacy.


Panelists
Tim Alberta

Tim Alberta is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and staff writer for The Atlantic magazine. He formerly served as chief political correspondent for Politico. In 2019, he published the critically acclaimed book, "American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump" and co-moderated the year's final Democratic presidential debate aired by PBS Newshour....

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McKay Coppins

McKay Coppins is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers politics, religion and national affairs. He is The New York Times best-selling author of "Romney: A Reckoning," a biography of Mitt Romney based on dozens of exclusive interviews with the senator, his family and his inner circle as well as hundreds of pages of his personal journals and private emails....

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Robert Jones

Robert P. Jones is the president and founder of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and a leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics. His latest book, which debuted on The New York Times best-seller list, is "The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy and the Path to a Shared American Future....

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Books:
The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory
American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism
Tim Alberta
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
HARPERCOLLINS
December 2023
ISBN 9780063226883
400 pages
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Tim Alberta, author of “American Carnage," was deeply conflicted about the prospect of investigating the evangelical Christian Right. More/less

Romney: A Reckoning
A Reckoning
McKay Coppins
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Simon and Schuster
October 2023
ISBN 9781982196202
416 pages
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Mitt Romney was the first senator in history to vote to remove from office a president of his own party. More/less

The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy
and the Path to a Shared American Future
Robert Jones
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Simon & Schuster
September 2023
ISBN 9781668009512
400 pages
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