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This is a crackling, spicy, and investigative portrait of the freaky and theocratic fringe elements within the conservative movement who are now calling the shots in the post-Bush GOP—and a roadmap to understanding the politics of personal crisis and redemption that unites them.

Republican Gomorrah is a bestiary of dysfunction, scandal, and sordidness from the dark heart of the forces that now have a leash on the party. It shows how those forces are the ones that establishment Republicans, like John McCain, have to bow to if they have any hope of running for president. It shows that Sarah Palin was the logical choice of a party in the control of theocrats. But more than just an exposé, Republican Gomorrah shows that many of the movement’s leading figures have more in common than just the power they command within conservative ranks. Their personal lives have been stained by crisis and scandal: depression, mental illness, extramarital affairs, struggles with homosexual urges, heavy medication, addiction to pornography, serial domestic abuse, and even murder.

Inspired by the work of psychologist Erich Fromm, who asserted that the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings, Blumenthal explains in a compelling narrative how a culture of personal crisis has defined the radical right, transforming the nature of the Republican Party for the next generation and setting the stage for the future of American politics.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Max Blumenthal’s bold and brash reporting style should not overshadow his keen understanding of the extremist ideology that passes for ‘conservatism’ in America today. A witty writer who thinks for himself, he shows the mainstream media where the story is, not vice versa. And his short videos have transformed the conservative crack-up into must-see TV.”

    Joe Conason, bestselling political journalist

  • “A brave and resourceful reporter adept at turning over rocks that public-relations-savvy Christian conservative leaders would prefer remain undisturbed.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “With scarcely more than a pith helmet, a notebook, and a tattered copy of Escape from Freedom, Erich Fromm’s great study of authoritarian psychology, the dauntless Max Blumenthal set forth years ago to explore the dank forests of American Christianism. Now he has returned to civilization, bringing back a fine collection of shrunken heads and a riveting account of a religio-political subculture that’s even weirder than you thought it was. Republican Gomorrah is an irresistible combination of anthropology and psychopathology that exerts the queasy fascination of (let’s face it) something very like pornography.”

    New Yorker

  • “Terrific…Blumenthal does two things that no one else I have read manages to do—the first of these is that he organizes the network…Right wing psychology is the other thing that Blumenthal has to offer…an eye-opener.”

    Jane Smiley, Huffington Post

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/9/2014

    " Incredibly insighful. Reminds me to read Eric Fromm again - the psychologist who studied the rise of facism in Germany. This book explores the sick culture of the religious right and how they've taken over the Republican party. Why is it ok to repent for visiting prostitutes and not gay sex? It all falls into place. And the child beating, what does it lead to? The answers are here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sandra | 12/30/2013

    " Very informative! This book answered the many questions I had about the Republican party that the standard media did not dreport clearly. It also helped me understand the stand many of my friends have taken regarding the extreme right conservatives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doug | 12/27/2013

    " This is a must read for anyone interested in how the religious right affects our political landscape, especially the republican party. Very well written - in an investigative reporter style by Blumenthal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Punchkitty | 11/17/2013

    " Very interesting thesis but small, incorrect facts make me wonder how accurate the book is in general. "

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About the Author

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in the New York TimesLos Angeles TimesDaily BeastNationGuardianIndependent Film ChannelHuffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English, and many other publications. He is a writing fellow for the Nation Institute. His book Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller.