“A fascinating and accessible reassessment of a pivotal political moment, and the enduring fusion of popular religion and psychology in American life.”—Darren Dochuk, University of Notre Dame
“… masterfully shows why we cannot make sense of the tremendous mid-century upsurge in American religiosity without understanding the inimitable Peale.”—Matthew Avery Sutton, author of American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism
“Erudite and highly readable”—Victorian Studies
“returns us to [a time] when the absence of God was a new idea”—Michael Miner, The Chicago Reader
“… argue[s that] the explosion of questioning in the Victorian era transformed the idea of doubt from a sin or lapse to necessary exploration”—Julia Baird, New York Times
Interviews: ABC News.com, NBC News, MSNBC.
Winner of the Prescrire Prize for Medical Writing (France 2010); now in six translations.
“well-researched”—Elsa Dixler, New York Times Book Review
“well-written and incendiary”—Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
“features the manipulations that promoted social anxiety disorder to a national emergency”—Frederick Crews, New York Review of Books
“If you’re not already concerned about the over-medicalization of our mental lives, you will be”—BBC Focus
Interviews: BBC News, TIME, New York Times, NPR.