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 overreach, 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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Praise for Kevin Phillips and American Dynasty:
"[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