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American Theocracy, by Kevin Phillips

By an everyday book reader
April 1, 2007

Can any other critic of the Bush administration match Kevin Phillips's credentials? This veteran political and economic commentator literally wrote the playbook (The Emerging Republican Majority) that the GOP has been using successfully since the Nixon era.

Now, with American Theocracy, he has composed an indictment of right-wing policies even more scathing and erudite than his American Dynasty. Phillips details the axis of political fundamentalism, petro-politics, and "borrowed prosperity" that are endangering America's future.

From the writer called our "modern-day Tom Paine," this book is an explosive analysis of the axis of religion, politics, and fiscal imprudence that threatens to destroy our nation.

American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
by Kevin PhillipsBook Picture

Softcover: 512 pages
Penguin
March 2007
ISBN: 9780143038283, 0143038281

"Everyone should have access to what American Theocracy so powerfully tells us about our country at this critical time." - Chicago Sun-Times

"[Phillips] is a deep thinker extraordinaire, who does a masterful job of connecting the military-industrial dots... A searing indictment of the Bush Dynasty." - Douglas Brinkley, Mother Jones

"Devastating . . . an important, troubling book that should be read everywhere with care, nowhere more so than in this city." - Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

"The title of political analyst Phillips' latest book may overstate his case (in the text, he prefers the term 'theocratic direction'), but his analysis likely will strike chords among those troubled by our current political moment. Phillips (American Dynasty) expounds upon historical parallels for each of his three subjects. In his section on 'Oil and American Supremacy,' for example, he points to Britain's post-WWI involvement in the Middle East as an analogy to Iraq, and in his section on radicalized religion, he warns of 'the pitfalls of imperial Christian overreach from Rome to Britain.' The five major measures of U.S. debt - from national to household - keep setting records, he observes in his section on 'Borrowed Prosperity,' and the real estate boom spurred by the Federal Reserve, he argues, cannot continue." - Publishers Weekly

"A harrowing picture of national danger that no American reader will welcome, but that none should ignore." - The New York Times Book Review

"This former Republican strategist has written several books on the relationship between wealth and politics in this country, including the New York Times best-sellers Politics of Rich and Poor (1990) and Wealth and Democracy (2002). Phillips' abiding theme is given a workout again in his new book, with his major thesis spelled out on the first page of the preface: three demons threaten the continued well-being of the U.S. These are our 'reckless dependency on shrinking oil supplies,' a 'milieu of radicalized (and much too influential) religion,' and a 'reliance on borrowed money' (domestic and international debt, that is). His stiff - no harsh - words are aimed primarily at the Republican Party for allowing these three trends to have gotten out of control, but Democrats, without offering clear and tangible alternatives, are not let off the hook. The author's investigation into these three problems is set in a historical context as he posits the undeniable fact that all previous world economic powers have ultimately failed in continued strength (each one, however, believing 'they were unique and that God was on their side'). Phillips is eloquent, absorbing, and frightening." - Brad Hooper, Booklist, American Library Association

Kevin Phillips, a former Republican strategist, has been a political and economic commentator for more than three decades. His thirteen books include the New York Times bestsellers American Dynasty, The Politics of Rich and Poor, and Wealth and Democracy.

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