War, Islam, & Evangelicals | Barbara's Nonfiction Picks, Apr. 2017, Pt. 2

Bellaigue, Christopher de. The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times. Liveright: Norton. Apr. 2017. 560p. ISBN 9780871403735. $35. HISTORY Many Westerners see Islam as behind the times, having failed to experience Europe’s bellelaguieEnlightenment. But Bellaigue, an authority on Islam and the Middle East who speaks Turkish, Persian, and Arabic and publishes regularly in venues from the Economist to the New York Review of Books, says it isn’t so. In fact, he argues, in the last two centuries Islam has been undergoing a political and intellectual upheaval akin to the Enlightenment, with the upshot in part the violence we are seeing now. A new look at Islamic and world history. FitzGerald, Frances. The Evangelicals: The Struggle To Shape America. S. & S. Apr. 2017. 848p. ISBN 9781439131336. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781439143155. RELIGION/HISTORY A historian to be reckoned with as winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bancroft Prize, FitzGerald here considers what the evangelical movement has meant to America. Begun in the revivals of the 1700s and 1800s known as the Great Awakenings, the movement now embraces 25 percent of the U.S. population. But though it started as a rebellion against established religion, split into North-South and subsequently fundamentalist-modernist factions, and has embraced names from Billy Graham to Pat Robertson, it’s not a strictly right-wing phenomenon, with social reformers coming into evidence.grann Grann, David. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. Doubleday. Apr. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780385534246. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385534253. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. TRUE CRIME/HISTORY At first I wondered about the true crime coding, but consider the story: in the 1920s, members of Oklahoma’s Osage Indian nation were the world’s richest people per capita, for oil had been discovered beneath their land. Then they began dying mysteriously, as did anyone who tried to investigate. Finally, in the first big test for the newly formed FBI, J. Edgar Hoover tapped former Texas Ranger Tom White, who put together an undercover team that included one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The conspiracy it unearthed is both chilling and shameful. The publisher’s lead nonfiction title for spring and one of its most important books of the year; from the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling The Lost City of Z. Olson, Lynne. Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War. Random. Apr. 2017. 576p. ISBN 9780812997354. $30; ebk. ISBN olsonl9780812997361. Downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORY As Germany flattened continental Europe at the start of World War II, Britain remained the only European combatant standing and became known as “Last Hope Island.” Olson explores the relationship between the Continent and Britain while portraying this land of refuge by highlighting the many refugees there, from resistance fighters, government leaders, and soldiers to royals like King Haakon of Norway and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. New York Times best-selling author Olson here returns to the World War II setting of her two biggest books, Citizens of London and Troublesome Young Men, so, really, you can't miss with this.

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