This book makes a vital contribution to the Billy Graham legacy and allows us to understand why his words, actions, and personality have endeared him to popes and preachers, kings and presidents, and millions of Christians in virtually every nation and culture around the world for more than a half-century. The book shows why and how his evangelistic spirit and ministry have enlarged the church of Jesus Christ. The book was written at the suggestion of Billy Graham but without conditions. The evangelist wanted 'a book concerning my life, ministry, and any niche in history our work may have.' He also said, 'I want you to be critical. There are some things that need criticizing.' The result is a book that is sympathetic but frank, 'critical' but 'scrupulously fair.' During its writing, William Martin had exclusive access to the Billy Graham archives. Tracing Graham's life and ministry from his rural and religious roots in North Carolina to his place as the elder statesman of American evangelicalism, tracing both his triumphs and his tribulations, Martin shows the multidimensional character of this person who has become one of the most admired persons in the world (as indicated repeatedly in published polls). This biography is well-rounded, thoughtful, and fascinating.