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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,480 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Sharlet Narrator: Jeremy Guskin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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They insist they are just a group of friends, yet they funnel millions of dollars through tax-free corporations. They claim to disdain politics, but congressmen of both parties describe them as the most influential religious organization in Washington. They say they are not Christians, but simply believers.

Behind the scenes at every National Prayer Breakfast since 1953 has been the Family, an elite network dedicated to a religion of power for the powerful. Their goal is "Jesus plus nothing." Their method is backroom diplomacy. The Family is the startling story of how their faith—part free-market fundamentalism, part imperial ambition—has come to be interwoven with the affairs of nations around the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Of all the important studies of the American right, The Family is undoubtedly the most eloquent. It is also quite possible the most terrifying.” 

    Thomas Frank, New York Times bestselling author of What’s The Matter With Kansas

  • “A remarkable accomplishment in the annuals of writing about religion.” 

    Rick Perlstein, New York Times bestselling author of Nixionland

  • “Sharlet has done extensive research, and his through account of The Family’s life and times is a chilling exposé.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sharlet has unearthed an occurrence that is all the more startling for its being hidden in plain view.” 

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aaron | 2/1/2014

    " Fascinating and scary all at once. The halls of power are infested with lunatics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jeremy | 1/26/2014

    " Parts of this were very interesting. Other parts--not so much. Sort of dragged on a bit at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leanne | 1/26/2014

    " An excellent look at fundamentalism's impact on American politics. It does get very deep so I don't recommend this as a good bedtime read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joanne | 1/17/2014

    " This is a frightening and timely tale. It's wordy at times, but I let that go because the content is so important. These people aren't going away, and their power is growing. "

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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.