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

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From America's premier political analyst, an explosive examination of the axis of religion, politics, and borrowed money that threatens to destroy the nation.

In his two most recent New York Times bestselling books, American Dynasty and Wealth and Democracy, Kevin Phillips established himself as a powerful critic of the political and economic forces that are ruling — and imperiling — the United States. Now, Phillips takes an uncompromising view of the political coalition, led by radical religion, that is driving America to the brink of disaster.

From Ancient Rome to the British Empire, Phillips demonstrates that every world-dominating power has been brought down by a related set of causes: a lethal combination of global over-reach, militant religion, resource problems, and ballooning debt. It is this same axis of ills that has come to define America's political and economic identity in the past decade. Military miscalculations in the Middle East, the surge of fundamentalist religion, the staggering national debt, the costs of U.S. oil dependence — together these factors are undermining our nation's security, solvency, and standing in the world. If left unchecked, the same forces will bring a debt-bloated, preachy, energy-starved America to its knees. With an eye on the past and a searing vision of the future, Phillips has written a book that no American can afford to ignore.

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"The title of political analyst Phillips's 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. Phillips identifies the escalating clout of the financial services industry and suggests that Americans should emulate policies in Asia that encourage savings and in Europe that encourage manufacturing. The lesson of the past, he warns, is that intractable national issues 'generate weak and compromising politicians or zealous bumblers.' A critic of the Bush family, Phillips sees little hope in Hillary Clinton. Expect him to make some provocative appearances on chat shows." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Few political strategists have relied so extensively on history to understand the American political system as Kevin Phillips. Often identified as a former Republican strategist, Phillips has made a career of charting his disillusion with the GOP in books such as 'American Dynasty,' a blistering look at the Bush family. His latest, 'American Theocracy,' continues this scrutiny — with mixed results.

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"A dazzling treatise....Phillips's historical essay/polemic is provocative, though plenty of folks in Houston — to say nothing of Washington — won't like it at all." Kirkus Reviews

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"If Phillips's political allegiance has changed over the decades, the sharpness of his observations and the historical depth and range of his arguments — as well as the wit and style gracing them — have not." Library Journal

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"[A] thoughtful and somber jeremiad, written throughout with a graceful wryness. Its brilliance is so abundant even its asides are insightful...Everyone should have access to what American Theocracy so powerfully tells us about our country at this critical time." Chicago Sun-Times

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"If you consider yourself a Southerner, a born-again Christian fundamentalist, an oilman, a hedge fund manager, or even simply the driver of an SUV...American Theocracy should make you hopping mad, because in it he describes with fervid cogency just why he thinks you're part of what's wrong with the country today." Baltimore Sun

Synopsis:

An explosive examination of the coalition of forces that threatens the nation, from the bestselling author of American Dynasty

In his two most recent bestselling books, American Dynasty and Wealth and Democracy, Kevin Phillips established himself as a powerful critic of the political and economic forces that rule—and imperil—the United States, tracing the ever more alarming path of the emerging Republican majority’s rise to power. Now Phillips takes an uncompromising view of the current age of global overreach, fundamentalist religion, diminishing resources, and ballooning debt under the GOP majority. With an eye to 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.

About the Author

Kevin Phillips has been a political and economic commentator for more than three decades. A former White House strategist, he is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and NPR and writes for Harper's and Time. His books include New York Times bestsellers The Politics of Rich and Poor and Wealth and Democracy.

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timsd66, November 21, 2006 (view all comments by timsd66)
This is a timely book that addresses some pressing issues and difficulities facing America as a nation, a society, and a people. Seriously critical on the various ills of the American government and business greed, it shows that these problems could stop America's progress completely. Very good read.

But at the same time, the author has not addressed sufficiently enough on a changing world, especially due to the emergence of many poor nations like China and India. These newly emerging nations could pose serious challenges. But a better mindset is that such competitions will help the US to gain strengths, not the other way around, provided that Americans can quickly adapt to the changing global life. For this, read: 1. China's global reach; and 2. China and the new world order, both books are written by the outspoken Chinese journalist george zhibin gu, that offers sweeping insights on changing global business, trade and politics.
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mike isberg, August 8, 2006 (view all comments by mike isberg)
Are we just cynical if we buy Kevin Phillips meticulously articulated theme? Do we really believe that energy interests have always contolled political policy? With energy developers exploiting 16th century windmills, and then 19th century coal fields, do the 21st century oil companies now pull the strings that make politicos dance?
Phillips is an informed guide if you're going to play connect-the-dots. Petroleum and automobile makers have obvious interests in perpetuating the consumption of oil, mostly as gasoline. Reading American Theocracy, one wonders if W is president now because powerful oil men needed someone (like him) to take care of oil men (like them). W was available. They could probably make him President. An oil man, sympathetic to oil men.
This book requires that you pay attention to the dotted line connections between the energy suppliers and the men they choose to govern you and me. Discouragingly, it's a straight line from the Dutch masters to George W. Bush.
400 years ago: Rembrandt.
Today: W.
How did THAT happen??
This prose reads at a brisk pace. I'd certainly recommend it to my brightest friends.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670034864
Subtitle:
The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21stCentury
Author:
Phillips, Kevin
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Political corruption
Subject:
Church and state
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Religion, Politics & State
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Government - National
Copyright:
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
April 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w charts and map throughout
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.16x6.72x1.50 in. 1.57 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The title of political analyst Phillips's 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. Phillips identifies the escalating clout of the financial services industry and suggests that Americans should emulate policies in Asia that encourage savings and in Europe that encourage manufacturing. The lesson of the past, he warns, is that intractable national issues 'generate weak and compromising politicians or zealous bumblers.' A critic of the Bush family, Phillips sees little hope in Hillary Clinton. Expect him to make some provocative appearances on chat shows." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A dazzling treatise....Phillips's historical essay/polemic is provocative, though plenty of folks in Houston — to say nothing of Washington — won't like it at all."
"Review" by , "If Phillips's political allegiance has changed over the decades, the sharpness of his observations and the historical depth and range of his arguments — as well as the wit and style gracing them — have not."
"Review" by , "[A] thoughtful and somber jeremiad, written throughout with a graceful wryness. Its brilliance is so abundant even its asides are insightful...Everyone should have access to what American Theocracy so powerfully tells us about our country at this critical time."
"Review" by , "If you consider yourself a Southerner, a born-again Christian fundamentalist, an oilman, a hedge fund manager, or even simply the driver of an SUV...American Theocracy should make you hopping mad, because in it he describes with fervid cogency just why he thinks you're part of what's wrong with the country today."
"Synopsis" by ,
An explosive examination of the coalition of forces that threatens the nation, from the bestselling author of American Dynasty

In his two most recent bestselling books, American Dynasty and Wealth and Democracy, Kevin Phillips established himself as a powerful critic of the political and economic forces that rule—and imperil—the United States, tracing the ever more alarming path of the emerging Republican majority’s rise to power. Now Phillips takes an uncompromising view of the current age of global overreach, fundamentalist religion, diminishing resources, and ballooning debt under the GOP majority. With an eye to 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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