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United States: Essays 1952-1992 Chapter Summary & Analysis - "How to Find God and Make Money" (1978) Summary

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"How to Find God and Make Money" (1978) Summary and Analysis

Sinning, seeking forgiveness, being "twice born" and then writing about it has become big business, Vidal says, as he notes ironically that books written by and about "Christians" have become a multi-million dollar industry. If the twice-born can sing, as in the case of Pat Boone or Anita Bryant, there are "countless stops not only along but above and below the Bible Belt where large audiences will pay to observe a reborn celebrity." Convicted rapist and former Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver, Watergate criminals such as Chuck Colson and a plethora of pundits, pranksters and politicians all have books peddling their particular flavor of born-again fundamentalism.

This Too Shall Pass, written by Mrs. Bert (LaBelle) Lance, wife of former Carter White House budget director...

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