I don’t review everything I read – mostly I now focus on the works that make me think about how they’re put together. Jeff Sharlet’s Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country in Between certainly fits that particular bill. Coming out of an academic background, I’m inclined against anything that follows the Title Colon Subtitle pattern, even when it works. And it does work here and I understand why he does it (and why everyone does it), but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s inelegant.
One way to remain unconquered is to make sure that you never lose a battle – though that is technically undefeated. If you lose the odd battle but still win the war, you’re still unconquered (c.f. Super Bowl repeat-hopefuls, the Green Bay Packers). Another way is to refuse to engage the fight at all – at least, not on a scale that is live-or-die.