A warning, though: this book was a revision of my PhD dissertation at the University of Wisconsin. It is targeted at a thoroughly nerdy audience. I’m proud of it, but it represents academic writing with all of its hazards. Even members of my immediate family have told me they enjoyed the first sentence very much. After that it got a little dry.
But if you are interested in the long history of battles over religion, culture, and education in America’s public square, I can recommend the book without blushing. There is not another book out there that explores all of the meanings of “fundamentalism” in the public school battles of the 1920s as well as this one.