American Theocracy: The Perils and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
From America's premier political analyst, an explosive examination of the coalition of forces that threatens the nation in the twenty-first century. ... Show synopsis From America's premier political analyst, an explosive examination of the coalition of forces that threatens the nation in the twenty-first century. From ancient Rome to the British Empire, Kevin Phillips demonstrates that every world-dominating power has been brought down by an overlapping set of problems. Matching his command of history with a penetrating analysis of contemporary politics, Phillips surveys a century of foreign policy and wars in the Middle East, showing how all, to one degree or another, reflected our ever-growing preoccupation with oil. He then turns to the surge of fundamentalist and evangelical religion in the United States, before finally documenting how Wall Street and the business interests so closely allied with Washington have discarded the principles of sound finance that once characterized Republican fiscal policy. Oil, religion, and finance are not new elements in U.S. politics, but as Phillips makes clear with his formidable command of fact, figure, and history, and his long experience as a political strategist and observer, we are now in new and dangerous territory. With an eye on the past and a searing vision of the future, Phillips confirms what too many Americans are still unwilling to admit about the depth of our misgovernment.
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