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2 North Carolina Papers on Miller’s Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South

The Winston-Salem Journal and The Star-News of Wilmington have taken notice of Steven P. Miller's new book on North Carolina native Billy Graham.

In an editorial for The Winston-Salem Journal, John Railey wrote:

Graham, 90, spends most of his days in quiet seclusion at his Montreat mountain home. But his presence hangs over the world. His genius is that we could see ourselves in him. He was just a country boy from outside Charlotte who got to meet the presidents and got used by one of them.

The real story of Billy Graham and his politics is far more nuanced than that, as Steven P. Miller's new book, Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South, makes clear. Miller, a Vanderbilt graduate who has taught at several colleges, writes that Graham's involvement in politics was intentional, not accidental, as most accounts have painted it.

Ben Steelman of The Star-News also reviewed Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South, calling the influential preacher "as shrewd as the serpent but as innocent as the dove."