"The phrase culture wars has come to encompass the subjects, persons, and institutions involved in the more polarizing conflicts in American public values of recent decades. In typical discussions of the culture wars, such subject areas as religion, abortion, immigration, and education are well explained and balanced with an emphasis on recent decisions of the Supreme Court. McGough (senior editorial writer, Los Angeles Times) more often simply relates the content and development of antagonistic views in an evenhanded, if pat, presentation. His sketches of persons, foundations, and institutions that furnish the effort, ideas, and resources behind the debates are useful and set this volume apart from others like it."
"McGough, an experienced journalist, and series editor Mark Silk have produced a reliable guide to key issues, spokespersons, sources for financial support, and institutions where opposing positions in contemporary America's so-called culture wars get formulated and expressed. . . . In short, this book is a worthy supplement to James Davison Hunter's now classic Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America (CH, May'92, 29-5401). . . . Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."
"A senior editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times, McGough begins by identifying some of the specific issues that the religious right in the US have taken on as missions. They include American identity, separation of church and state, human origins, abortion, homosexuality, and stem-cell research. Then he describes the structure of the assault in terms of field marshals, philosophers, and financiers. Finally, he surveys some of the arenas; in addition to those mentioned in the subtitle, they include congress, courts, the arts, and church.' "