Traveling in a battered camping van, Malise Ruthven set out across America in search of the manifestations--often bizarre and sometimes terrifying--of its religious spirit. The journey took him from the dark woods of Puritan New England to neo-Nazi cults in the Rockies; from Mormons and snake handlers to fundamentalist groups who challenge the teaching of evolution; from channelers in California to the sexual and financial scandals surrounding millionaire TV preachers. "The Divine Supermarket "is his quirky and brilliantly-observed account of the journey, offering illuminating and humorous insights into the baffling soul of modern America.
About the Author
Malise Ruthven is a former editor with the BBC Arabic Service and World Service in London and is the author of"Islam in the World" and "Islam: A Very Short Introduction".
Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing. His first books were about the Middle East--Damascus, Lebanon, and Cyprus. In 1982 he traveled in the Soviet Union, pursued by the KGB. From these early experiences developed his great travel books on the landmass that makes up Russia and Asia: Among the Russians; Behind the Wall: A Journey through China; The Lost Heart of Asia; In Siberia; and most recently, Shadow of the Silk Road.
Colin Thubron is an award-winning novelist as well as, arguably, the most admired travel writer of our time. He lives in London.
"Ruthven is a civilized man, sharp-witted and clever, with an impressive mastery of American social and cultural history and he has written a brilliant account of his travels in search of our spiritual byways and backwaters." -- Los Angeles Times
"A perfect and crazy concept . . . It's a rocking good read and something of a pocket guide to hell." --Time Out