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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,320 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Phillips Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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In his two most recent New York Times best-selling 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany Rauch-Dickson | 2/18/2014

    " a one page at a time read, mostly because its a dry. this will take me forever to finish "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clif Hostetler | 2/6/2014

    " Phillips' articulates the concerns of many Americans that are troubled by the current blending of American religion and democracy. He moves on to assess the dangers oil diplomacy and excessive national and household debt. This book was written before the current home mortgage crises, but it clearly predicts that the real estate boom spurred by the Federal Reserve cannot continue. That now appears to be an easy prediction to make. So why weren't the bankers smart enough to anticipate it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alanna | 1/30/2014

    " This book includes a very good explanation of the history of Christian crazys in our country. It also talks about how the political climate of the south has taken over the republican party. It really sheds a light on our current grim political situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole Wedl | 1/26/2014

    " Excellent history of how religion got so entangled in American politics. Phillips was a lawyer in the Nixon administration and tells a credible, insider story of how our separation of church and state has been hijacked by extremists and greed. I saw him speak at a local church and he was believable and passionate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey "Blue" | 1/24/2014

    " Oil has had its connection with our politics for so very long! Frustrating see what/who leads our country and our world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred | 1/6/2014

    " This book is an important lesson in how extremes erode democracy at the core and abut the risks and negative consequences of three specific extremes. One of those -- the "financialization of the American economy"--is playing itself out today in the form of a massive housing and investment crisis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim McLaughlin | 12/27/2013

    " "Biased" is an understatement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 12/12/2013

    " Kevin Phillips is clearly intelligent concerning this country's (and other's)history. Though I did not like the back and forth time line I would highly recommend this to people interested in Religion in Politics and our dependence on oil. There is no shortage of information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Warren | 12/12/2013

    " Critically important and incredibly difficult to finish. I found American Theocracy to be both compelling and depressing; however, ultimately it read more like a text book than a contemporary narrative or argument. Not for the novice or faint-hearted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmie | 12/5/2013

    " Brilliant! Another AHA! Book. And now I am very afraid ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nirmal | 11/29/2013

    " This was a very heavy book to read - a lot of interesting data and a tremendous reference list - better suited for a political policy wonk or researcher than a casual reader. But the content, particulary for what is happening to the economy now, is very relevant and insightful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Bryan | 11/18/2013

    " Phillips lucidly lays out the end-game of American hegemony as we strangle our own best values under militarism, dogmatic religion, global overreach and ballooning debt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 11/14/2013

    " I'm not one to start a book and not finish it but this one made me do just that. I like political publications but this one did not grab my attention and make me want to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/8/2013

    " This book was extremely enlightening. Down with the GOP! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaybelz | 12/13/2012

    " WOW! The way Politics Religion and money interact. And it's not going to make you happy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 12/4/2012

    " Well, that was terrifying. Want to be terrified? Read this book. It'll make you want to like buy gold and stuff your mattress with it and stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken Elser | 11/20/2012

    " A dense and terrifying read about the usual suspects: oil, debt, and fundamentalism in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve P | 10/3/2012

    " Former Republican strategist Kevin Phillips is one of the saner voices out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 8/29/2012

    " A brilliant piece of research that pulls together several threads in political-economy of the USA during the past 20 years. While written several years ago, it goes a long way in explaining the current economic crises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 1/22/2012

    " Everyone needs to read this book, if you really want to understand the hole that this country has dug for itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 9/3/2011

    " Worth it for the analysis of the Civil War in the West. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Micah Goins | 5/16/2011

    " Section three of this book regarding "Borrowed Money" and the financial hole our country has gotten into in the last 12 years is sobering. I am no economist but the problems and their causes were very clearly laid out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 3/22/2011

    " As I am reading this, I wonder when will we truly think about "going beyond oil".... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 1/25/2011

    " Not disappointing. Saw the author on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and thought I would pick it up. Lots of information, back-story into how we got where we are today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 8/18/2010

    " Kevin Phillips is right on in his assessment of what is going wrong in American politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 7/6/2010

    " A dense book, but well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rona | 4/6/2010

    " A mesmerizing history of the influence of both religion and oil on american politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 4/4/2010

    " This book is an eye-opener and should be read by everyone. I think that most people would agree with the writer's thesis that our pursuit of oil has put our nation on track for bankruptcy and status as a third rate debtor nation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Micah | 2/16/2010

    " Section three of this book regarding "Borrowed Money" and the financial hole our country has gotten into in the last 12 years is sobering. I am no economist but the problems and their causes were very clearly laid out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/2/2010

    " The title says it well. Kevin Phillips argues (well) that radical religion, addiction to oil, and financial creativity mixed with politics is problematic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 columbialion | 1/11/2010

    " A call to arms for Americans to defend against the Religious right "

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