By Kevin Phillips
From America's most advantageous political analyst, an explosive exam of the axis of faith, politics, and borrowed funds that threatens to spoil the kingdom In his most modern big apple instances bestselling books, American Dynasty and Wealth and Democracy, Kevin Phillips confirmed himself as a strong critic of the political and monetary forces which are ruling-and imperiling-the usa. Now, Phillips takes an uncompromising view of the political coalition, led by means of radical faith, that's using the USA to the threshold of catastrophe. From old Rome to the British Empire, Phillips demonstrates that each international- dominating energy has been introduced down by means of a similar set of reasons: a deadly mixture of world over- succeed in, militant faith, source difficulties, and ballooning debt. it's this related axis of ills that has come to outline America's political and financial identification long ago decade. army miscalculations within the center East, the surge of fundamentalist faith, the striking nationwide debt, the prices of U.S. oil dependence-together those components are undermining our nation's defense, solvency, and status on the planet. If left unchecked, an analogous forces will deliver a debt- bloated, preachy, energy-starved the USA to its knees. With a watch at the earlier and a searing imaginative and prescient of the longer term, Phillips has written a booklet that no American can have enough money to disregard. compliment for Kevin Phillips and American Dynasty: "[Phillips] is a deep philosopher extraordinaire, who does a masterful activity of connecting the army- business dots. . . . A searing indictment of the Bush Dynasty." -Douglas Brinkley, mom Jones "Devastating . . . a big, troubling publication that are meant to be learn all over with care, nowhere extra so than during this city." -Jonathan Yardley, The Washington publish publication global
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American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century by Kevin Phillips