Marshall Frady's epic biography of Billy Graham, the world’s best-known Christian evangelist and America’s pastor.
With unparalleled access to Billy Graham and his family and associates, Frady presents an intimate and multifaceted portrait of the man, from his childhood upbringing in the midlands of North Carolina to his ascent to national recognition.
Frady's narrative encompasses the popular religious leader, his spiritual mission, and his political involvements and bears witness to the preeminent position Graham has held in American life for decades. “Billy Graham is our nation’s least studied national institution…Frady has finally given him the kind of attention he deserves” (The New York Times).
A native of South Carolina, Marshall Frady was a journalist for more than twenty-five years, writing for Newsweek, Life, Harper's, Esquire, The New York Review of Books, The Sunday Times of London, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. He was a correspondent on Nightline; chief writer and host of ABC News' Closeup, for which he won two Emmys and the duPont-Columbia Award; and the author of six books: Wallace; Across a Darkling Plain: An American's Passage Through the Middle East; Billy Graham: A Parable of American Righteousness; Southerners: A Journalist's Odyssey, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist; Jesse: The Life and Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson; and Martin Luther King Jr. (The Penguin Lives Series). He died in 2004.