The Prince of War: An unauthorized biography with selected book reviews by author Cecil Bothwell. Brave Ulysses Books braveulysses. Billy was always uncritical, unchallenging, unquestioning. The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same. The propaganda machine of the Evangelical Christian Right will soon be in counterattack mode. One of its darling preachers is about to take it on the proverbial chin.
The author is Ceci l Bothwell. He hails from Asheville, N. Graham shows him as a wily warmonger and a lackey for the Establishment. Graham as a public figure who: In fact, he reveals that during the horrific Vietnam conflict —75 he had urged then-President Richard M.
Nixon to bomb North Vietnam! In a page letter that Rev. Graham had forwarded to the White House in April , it was stated: Why should all the fighting be in the South? Not long after, Nixon moved the air war north and west. Graham invited the mostly unbalanced Nixon to address his crusade. It was held in Knoxville, Tenn.
While parents of the students were still grieving and burying their dead, Rev. Also, every chance Rev. Graham got he ripped into antiwar protesters in this country while the Vietnam inferno was raging. After a large pro-peace demonstration in late , he railed in a letter to then President Lyndon B.
Martin Luther King, Jr. King marched for civil rights in Selma, Ala. Graham was nowhere to be found. King was gunned down in Memphis, Tenn.
Graham made a career out of sucking up to U. Obsequy, more than money, seemed to drive the man—though his pockets were never empty.
One of my favorites, President Harry S. Truman, who was born in Lamar, Mo. He had a built-in BS detector. But what of his conversations behind closed doors?
Was the Jew conversation typical or an aberration? The past several decades may well rank as the most fearful time in human history—given that tangible threats to human life grew far beyond ancient phantasms of myth or the unfathomable mysteries posited by ignorance. It is no surprise that a ministry that preached fear and promised salvation could prosper in such times and Billy Graham proved expert at brandishing both stick and carrot in tents and stadia around the planet. Graham understood early and well that a successful ministry would require professional salesmanship and he carefully cultivated contacts in the major media with an eye to presenting his work in the best possible light.
At the same time, he founded his own media conglomerate of magazine, radio, television and film production which was the precursor of Focus on the Family , the Club , PTL and the widely influential Left Behind series. He explained his self-imposed separation of church and state in the language of a Gospel preacher: However, notwithstanding his professed calling, it is apparent that Graham worked the corridors of Congress as well as the private rooms of the White House, sometimes overtly, sometimes quietly, in secret letters and private phone calls.
Like many another political figure, Graham has sealed most of the personal documents connected to his life and work until after—in some cases many years after—his death.
Nor did he consent to be interviewed for this work. But the published and unpublished documentary record speaks volumes. It reveals a Billy Graham who has been an unabashed nationalist, capitalist, militarist and advocate for American empire. The picture that emerges is decidedly not that of a disinterested man of the cloth. Rather, Graham often appears as a well connected covert political operative.
You may be as surprised as I was at the picture that emerges in these pages. It is not the story of a man of peace.
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