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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (232 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Sharlet Narrator: Jeremy Guskin Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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C Street—where piety, politics, and corruption meet

Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to have reported from inside the C Street House, the Fellowship residence known simply by its Washington, DC, address. The house has lately been the scene of notorious political scandal, but more crucially it is home to efforts to transform the very fabric of American democracy. Now, after laying bare its tenants’ past in The Family, Sharlet reports from deep within fundamentalism in today’s world, revealing that the previous efforts of religious fundamentalists in America pale in comparison with their long-term ambitions.

When Barack Obama entered the White House, headlines declared the age of culture wars over. In C Street, Sharlet shows why these conflicts endure and why they matter now—from the sensationalism of Washington sex scandals to fundamentalism’s long shadow in Africa, where Ugandan culture warriors determined to eradicate homosexuality have set genocide on simmer.

We’ve reached a point where piety and corruption are not at odds but one and the same. Reporting with exclusive sources and explosive documents from C Street, the war on gays in Uganda, and the battle for the soul of America’s armed forces—waged by a movement of fifteen thousand officers intent on “reclaiming territory for Christ in the military”—Sharlet reveals not the last gasp of old-time religion but the new front lines of fundamentalism.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Much of [Sharlet’s] firsthand reporting is brilliant, even courageous.”

    Washington Post

  • C Street includes everything a riveting tale about a controversial national movement should—scandal, affairs, conspiracies, death, and, of course, secrecy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “That this heavily financed, multilayered organization has been operating for decades—and today is actively implanted within the US military—makes this well-documented, probing investigation even more mind-bending.”


  • “An unsettling account…an eye-opener that rings multiple alarms.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colleen | 1/26/2014

    " I was a little frustrated with Sharlet's writing style, which seemed overly impressionistic for the subject matter (other than the last chapter, which does an excellent job of finally tying everything together). But I still think this is a book worth reading, because it really is shocking to learn what's being done behind the scenes to both the American people and to others in our name. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Weemcnab | 1/16/2014

    " This book was quite informative but the information was so disturbing, at times, that I had to avoid reading it and slipping into a depression! The book dragged in moments but overall was eye-opening and I hope to read The Family, Sharlet's earlier book, soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 1/9/2014

    " I agree with other reviews that suggest the book was rushed to print. The book would have benefited from a stronger organization. The book had three parts: 1) Family members that have recently been caught in scandal, 2) the influence of the Family on Uganda's politics, particularly the focus on homosexuality and 3) the increasing voice of Christianity in the US military. For me, the first section in particular could have benefited from more editing. I'm torn on a rating 3 for organization and 4 for content. I went with four. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 12/29/2013

    " A much more readable and even more chilling follow-up to The Family. "

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About the Author
Author Jeff Sharlet

Jeff SharletNew York Times bestselling author of The Family, is a contributing editor for Harper’s and Rolling Stone, the coauthor of Killing the Buddha, and an assistant professor of English at Dartmouth College. He has written for Mother Jones, the Nation New Republic, and many other magazines and newspapers. He lives in New Hampshire.