Letters and Politics

US Tax Havens; A History of American Religious Diversity

Jack Blum spent years as a staff attorney for the Senate Anti-Trust Subcommittee specializing in white-collar corporate crime and off-shore tax evasion. He’ll join us for a conversation on what the Panama Papers tell us about the global financial world and the difficulties in stopping questionable business practices.

Then, Peter Manseau, author of the book One Nation Under Gods: A New American History, about the influence of multiple religions on the history of the United States.

About the book:

At the heart of the nation’s spiritual history are audacious and often violent scenes. But the Puritans and the shining city on the hill give us just one way to understand the United States. Rather than recite American history from a Christian vantage point, Peter Manseau proves that what really happened is worth a close, fresh look.

Thomas Jefferson himself collected books on all religions and required that the brand new Library of Congress take his books, since Americans needed to consider the “twenty gods or no god” he famously noted were revered by his neighbors. Looking at the Americans who believed in these gods, Manseau fills in America’s story of itself, from the persecuted “witches” at Salem and who they really were, to the persecuted Buddhists in WWII California, from spirituality and cults in the ’60s to the recent presidential election where both candidates were for the first time non-traditional Christians.

One Nation, Under Gods shows how much more there is to the history we tell ourselves, right back to the country’s earliest days. Dazzling in its scope and sweep, it is an American history unlike any you’ve read.

 

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