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.
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"Will strike chords among those troubled by our current political moment." (Publishers Weekly)
Kevin Phillips' objective exegesis of modern America causes one to reflect upon the current state of our Republic. Corruption has permeated American institutions to such a degree that the Founding Fathers would barely recognize our government as one of their creation. The readers who panned this book, most likely, lack basic understandings of economics, American history, and the law. I heartily recommend this excellent thesis!
Thorough exploration of the subject. Not a page turner by any means but interesting and important to be aware. I do recommend it but fair warning author goes off on tangents but always comes back and ties it in.
For some time now I have felt as though I was able to understand pieces of what's going on in America and the world, but I couldn't see how all the disparate elements -- political, religious, economic -- made sense as contemporaneous events. Kevin Phillips does, however, and his book is a triumph. It is clear, well-researched, and enormously compelling. I was thoroughly captivated -- and not a little scared.
Phillips"s book is brillant. He drilles down into several, but not all ofthe major threats facing the stability of the United States in the coming years. In doing so, he wisely gives us the perspective of history, the history of other great powers that since left center stage. This is a very serious read from a higly credible author. I enjoy his writing style immensely. Even with such serious subjects, his pithy wit and turn of phrase is delightful. Listening to this book will help you better understand our present circumstance and better prepare for our oh so uncertain future.
Kevin Phillips writes with the passion of a betrayed lover. He was one of the architects of the Republican Sunbelt Strategy. He has seen the results and he is appalled, with good reason. The book is very well researched and Phillips is a avid student of history. He shows the parallels between what is happening in America today with what happened in 15th Century Spain, 17th Century Holland and 19th Century England. All three were, as America is, the pre-eminent world powers of their times. The book is in three parts: the end of oil, the takeover by the religous right of the Republican Party and the shift of America from actually building things the rest of the world will buy to a country that just manipulates money. This last section describes the growing mountain of debt that individuals, financial institutions and the government have accumulated. Phillips says the confluence of these three major themes does not bode well for America.
Oh yes, if you had any doubt the invasion of Iraq was about oil, you won't have any when you've finished the first third of the book.
Being a conservative Christian, I started listening with a high level of skeptisism to this book. Though the author, at times, can hardly contain his disdain for current evangelical Christianity, he hits dead center regarding the perils modern politically-oriented religious leaders are placing upon American society (see our Honorable Judge Scalia's recent news worthy reaction to his views of Church/State separation - truely a pillar of Judicial and Spiritual nobility). A must read for anyone who is interested in obtaining a solid persective regarding the current political climate in America, the financial challenges facing our country, and a glimpse into the true working machinations which threaten our Liberities of conscience choice. As others, I have had a hard time turning the book off after the car has stopped.
The audiobook has a slow beginning and a number of dry parts, but it unquestionably gets my highest rating. The author provides a clear view of where this country has been and where we are today. It provides one of the best perspectives on why religion and oil have taken center stage in our political landscape, and uses the lens of world history to let the reader understand where our current path is likely to take us.
I found this work to be exceptional in its details and conclusions. Very few authors have the guts to analyze and question the historical underpinnings and the dangerous trends that a combination of religious fundamentalism, ballooning national debt and militarism consist of. Alas, no doubt this work requires some real intellectual analysis. It's not a work of platitutdes and simple conclusions which are a dime a dozen in todays bookstores. This book is a wake up call to us all. I recommend it as a "must hear."
American Theocracy by Kevin Phillips will make you think, to say the least. This book more so then most brutally however accurately describes the exact position where the United States stands on religion. Whilst I heavily support the concept of democracy, I would not object a ruling that requires every voter of this country to actually understand the content given in this book, before giving them permission to vote. I suggest everyone unsure about their vote in the next election, or any election for that matter listen to this very book before casting their vote, as this book brings to mind some facts that one ought to be aware of before casting one's vote.
A very eye opening and convincing book. Well written, enjoyable narration, full of detail and resources, good citations to other resources. Overall, a very good read (or in this case listen).
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