Sylvester A. Johnson is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Religious Studies at Northwestern University.
Steven P. Weitzman is the Abraham Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.
"These consistently interesting essays provide a complex, provocative, and sometimes disturbing view of the interactions between an important United States institution and religious groups for more than a century." - Nova Religio
"The story of the FBI and religion is not a series of isolated mishaps, argues a new book of essays edited by Steven Weitzman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Sylvester A. Johnson, a professor at Northwestern University. Over its 109 years of existence, these historians and their colleagues argue, the Bureau has shaped American religious history through targeted investigations and religiously tinged rhetoric about national security." - The Atlantic
"This fine book will be useful in courses that seek to examine relations between religion, society, and efforts at social control . . . Highly recommended."