How did a farm boy from Charlotte, North Carolina, become one of America's most influential preachers and revered evangelists? This compelling oral biography -written by noted historians and longtime friends Graham Deborah H. Strober and Gerald S. Strober -traces Billy...
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How did a farm boy from Charlotte, North Carolina, become one of America's most influential preachers and revered evangelists? This compelling oral biography -written by noted historians and longtime friends Graham Deborah H. Strober and Gerald S. Strober -traces Billy Graham's early life from milking cows on the family farm to his religious training, his marriage to Ruth Bell, his work with Youth for Christ, and other milestones on his path to becoming the "pastor to the presidents." This insightful and intimate portrait of a man who became a legend to millions of believers around the world draws on extensive archival material as well as many firsthand interviews with family, friends, political and religious leaders, and other close associates. The book not only explores Graham's remarkable career but highlights his many significant contributions on both the national and international scene. Readers will learn of the development of Graham's theology and its bearing on social issues as well as the importance of his work to the lives of Christians and non-Christians around the world.
Deborah Hart Strober and Gerald S. Strober are the authors of "His Holiness the Dalai Lama: The Oral Biography" and "Billy Graham: An Oral and Narrative Biography," both available from Wiley, and four previous oral histories, including "Let Us Begin Anew: An Oral History of the Kennedy Presidency" and "Reagan: The Man and His Presidency," They are longtime residents of New York City.
Deborah Hart Strober was for many years a journalist with the New York Jewish Week. She lives in New York City.
- Preface. Bibliographic Note. Acknowledgments. Chronology. The Interviewees. Chapter 1: New York, 2005. Chapter 2: From Charlotte To Wheaton. Chapter 3: The Making Of An Evangelist. Chapter 4: From Harringay Arena To Madison Square Garden. Chapter 5: From Harry S. Truman To George W. Bush. Chapter 6: Billy Graham's Vision For The World. Chapter 7: The New Evangelicalism. Chapter 8: Just As He Is: An American Icon. Afterword. The Authors. Index.