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Highly entertaining account, livened with incredible anecdotal material- this manages to be an important social document. It is a lively, fair, closely knit history of Father Divine's Peace Mission and breezes through facts and fiction of the five foot Messiah's career with humor and compassion. There is no ridicule of this movement that has an estimated 20,000 followers, that has lifted to security many of the depressed, sometimes criminal, elements in the Negro population, and that numbers increasingly more educated whites among the faithful. Born a share-cropper's son, George Baker, alias Father Divine, has through his acumen acquired for his movement some six million dollars worth of real estate. The reader will find detailed discussion of his domestic life, of the fabulous banquets enjoyed by his ""angels"" when Harlem was tightening its belt. There are all sorts of tidbits about his many court appearances. But the meat of the book is in the profiles of the followers which illustrate why this ""chain store religion"" has held them faithful over twenty years, despite some of its questionable practices. Should enthrall both casual readers and those who seek for underlying meanings in understanding the psychology and more of the American Negro.

Publisher: Doubleday