Endorsements & Reviews-
"David Endres has skillfully recounted the history of the Catholic Students Mission Crusade, whose activities engaged millions of students in U.S. Catholic schools from the 1920s to the 1960s. With his thoughtful weaving of theological, cultural, ecclesiastical, ideological, and missiological themes touching on the Crusade's story, he has created an illuminating study of a previously unexplored aspect of American Catholic life."
Associate Professor of American Church History
Catholic University of America
"The historic, theological, intellectual, inspirational, spiritual, biographical, and simultaneous domestic / overseas underpinnings of the Catholic Student Mission Crusade within the twentieth-century American Catholic missionary movement is both superb scholarship and prose by David J. Endres. Especially analyzed well is the link between The Shield, Thomistic scholasticism, Anticommunism, and social justice. American Crusade is essential reading for academics, travelers, benefactors, and college students who participate in contemporary mission efforts at home or abroad."
--Robert E. Carbonneau, CP
The Passionist Historical Archives
Union City, New Jersey
"The Catholic Students Mission Crusade was one of the largest organizations for young Catholics from World War I to 1970, when the decision was made to disband . . . Dr. Endres meticulously analyzes the CSMC, which incorporated national and international themes to 'reinvent' itself over the decades. His careful research and lucid writing style enhance the quality of the book. He has filled a lacuna in the study of American mission history and U.S. Catholic history and has given us a platform and perspective for interaction with the historiographic frameworks for both fields."
--Angelyn Dries, OSF
Danforth Chair in the Humanities
Saint Louis University