"Splendid. Maier skillfully traces the progress of the Declaration from political event to sacred text."–Washington Post
"Sharp and engaging…A meticulous exhumation of American history that is full of fascinating details and scintillating insights."–San Francisco Chronicle
"Gary Wills, stand aside. Pauline Maier has given us the freshest, best-informed historian’s reading of the Declaration of Independence and its context that we have ever had. American Scripture enables us to see just how this sacred text was created, and the ways in which it was unique. It is a remarkable achievement!"
— Richard D. Brown, University of Connecticut
"Pauline Maier renders unto Jefferson that which is Jefferson’s, but she tells a much larger story. She shows what made the Declaration possible and necessary, considers its lineage, probes its genesis in a time of extreme turmoil, and reflects on its continuing living meaning, achieving all of this in very elegant prose."
— Edward Countryman, Southern Methodist University
"Quite simply the fairest, fullest, and finest account ever written of how the Declaration of Independence happened."
— Joseph J. Ellis, Mount Holyoke College
"Until I read Pauline Maier’s remarkable new book, I thought I knew all I needed to know about the Declaration of Independence. But her deft, lively analysis punctures the received mythology and gives us an entirely original interpretation of our founding document."
— J. Anthony Lukas, author of Common Ground
From the Trade Paperback edition.