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Pat Robertson: A Life and Legacy


Eerdmans 2010

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Pat Robertson: A Life and Legacy is the first sweeping overview of the vast international media, business, humanitarian, educational, political, legal, and religious empire created by one of the consummate—and most controversial—American visionaries of the twentieth century.

Based on thousands of documents from the files of the Christian Broadcasting Network and the private correspondence of Robertson himself, this meticulously researched book will become the definitive account of Pat Robertson’s life and legacy. Author David Edwin Harrell Jr. has conducted more than 100 hours of interviews with 75 people in seven countries—including extensive interviews with the Robertson family. He brings these numerous resources—covering everything from Robertson’s unique position of influence to his son’s drug addiction to the truth behind the caricature often painted of him—together in one captivating biography.

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Key Features

  • Definitive account of Pat Robertson and his ministries
  • Authoritative biography of an often-controversial American religious leader


  • Origins
  • Christian Broadcaster
  • Personal Life: Family, Fame, and Religious Identity
  • From Television Entrepreneur to Presidential Candidate
  • Completing the Political Journey: The Christian Coalition
  • Rebuilding the Christian Broadcasting Network
  • New Frontiers: WorldReach and Operation Blessing
  • Home Front: Regent University and the American Center for Law and Justice
  • Multiple Incarnations: Entrepreneur, Author, Controversialist
  • Religious Life: A Charismatic Middle Way
  • The Man, the Empire, the Legacy

Praise for the Print Edition

I am impressed with the breadth of Harrell’s treatment of Robertson’s life and impact. I commend this significant resource to readers and leaders from all streams of the church. . . . An important contribution.

—Kevin Mannoia, editor, The Holiness Manifesto

Masterfully researched and written, David Harrell’s Pat Robertson: a Life and Legacy will certainly be the definitive biography of one of the most important American religious and political leaders in modern times. This excellent book again proves why Harrell is one of the greatest biographers on the American scene. It is a classic portrait of a complex and influential man who has shaped much of Christian thought and action over the last 50 years.

Vinson Synan, visiting professor of church history and dean emeritus, Regent University

Once again David Edwin Harrell has given us a work of superior historical scholarship. His biography of Pat Robertson reveals exhaustive research, elegant prose, and the wisdom of a seasoned analyst of the American religious landscape. Most impressive is Harrell’s ability to ‘humanize’ a figure routinely smeared by the secular left and idolized by the Christian right. Harrell’s study will stand for a generation (or more) as the definitive treatment of one of the most enterprising—and controversial—religious voices of the twentieth century.

—Grant Wacker, professor of Christian history, Duke University

Product Details

  • Title: Pat Robertson: A Life and Legacy
  • Author: David Edwin Harrell Jr.
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 456

About David Edwin Harrell Jr.

David Edwin Harrell Jr. is Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar Emeritus at Auburn University. One of our leading scholars of American religious history, he is also the author of The Churches of Christ in the Twentieth Century and coauthor of Unto a Good Land: A History of the American People.

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