Originally published in 1997.
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The most comprehensive study of the role of religion in World War II, this book addresses the nature of the church's patriotism.Religious Studies Review
Brings a fresh perspective to the 'last good war' and provides new insights into the significance of religion in American history and culture.American Studies
A pioneering work. . . . Because it is a trailblazing examination of an incredibly important topic, it has great value. . . . All serious students of Christianity and World War II in the future will have to begin with Sittser's tome."Christian Scholar's Review
Offers the most detailed account of organized Christianity's response to World War II and provides a bridge to the ecumenical work that dominated the postwar religious landscape.Journal of American History
An excellent, seminal, systematic work that reveals the role of the church in the United States during World War II.History: Reviews of New Books
We know less about religious dimensions of World War II than any other war in American history. Sittser's book is an invaluable introduction to the issues and choices that shaped American religion in the second half of what Henry Luce called 'the American Century.' He helps us understand why the war was so important for American religion in the twentieth century and for American culture.John M. Mulder, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
A Cautious Patriotism provides an excellent contribution to the scholarly understanding of World War II. The book is well written and superbly researched. Sittser's creative and important thesis merits the careful attention of historians working in all aspects (intellectual, cultural, religious, ethical, diplomatic, political) of American history.Mark G. Toulouse, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University