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"Roger Williams and The Creation of the American Soul. Church, State and the Birth of Liberty."  John M. Barry.

Published by Viking earlier this year.
ISBN 978-0-670-02305-9

From the jacket:

"...Williams, a devout Puritan minister, also believed that America could be a model, but a model of liberty that required church and state to separate entirely one from the other. One hundred fifty years before Thomas Jefferson, Williams called for a 'wall of separation' between the two."
and
"...John Barry layers biography and history and ranges widely across questions of politics, religion and ideology, but in the end this is a book about power - and about defining the very nature of America today."
My interest in Williams stems from a fondness for Rhode Island colonial history in general and my ancestor's relationship with him in particular.  I enjoyed this a great deal. Others might not.
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