Hedges, who grew up in rural parishes in upstate New York, where his father was a Presbyterian pastor, attacks the movement as someone steeped in the Bible and Christian tradition. He points to the hundreds of senators and members of Congress who have earned between 80 and 100 percent approval ratings from the three most influential Christian Right advocacy groups as one of many signs that the movement is burrowing deep inside the American government in order to subvert it.
The movement's call to dismantle the wall between church and state, and the intolerance it preaches against all who do not conform to its warped vision of a Christian America, are pumped into tens of millions of American homes through Christian television and radio stations, and are reinforced through the curriculum of Christian schools. The movement's yearning for apocalyptic violence and its assault on dispassionate, intellectual inquiry are laying the foundation for a new, frightening America.
©2007 Chris Hedges and Eunice Wong; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
"This urgent book forcefully illuminates what many across the political spectrum will recognize as a serious and growing threat to the very concept and practice of an open society." (Publishers Weekly)
I believe this book is a thoughtful analysis of one of the greatest threats to our democracy.
I recently asked a holocaust survivor if he saw any similarities between what is going on in America today compared to Fascist Europe of the late 1930s. He said there is NO difference.
I will soon be eighty one years young. I have had a very interesting life learning from it as well as enjoying it. I just published a book.
Written in a manner that is very easy to read and follow with a natural flow to the book.
I believe that what is spoken of in this book one only has to do is look around to see the truth in it. Very little is said about Dominiionism for to even the liberal it may sound politically incorrect to do so. The Dominionist is a real powerful movement in America at this moment passive action to stop this danger is not enough for the Dominionist movement is well oiled and very well funded.
Whatever your religious beliefs or lack thereof, if you care at all about democracy and the US you must listen to or read this book. It helps answer questions such as why we are involved in a war in Iraq and why those in power insist on continuing it regardless of the cost in lives and treasure as well as helping explain the hatred and divisiveness that seems to be everywhere in this country. We are living in dangerous times with hatred and violence couched in the guise of a religion that wants to destroy anyone and everyone that dares to disagree or gets in the way, and it's not in the Middle East, folks, but right here in the good old USA. That doesn't sound very much like the America we learned about in civics class now does it? It sounds more like Germany in the 1930s. WAKE UP AMERICA before it's too late!!!
I just finished this astonishing audiobook. I found it simultaneously learned and erudite, accessible and populist. The text is exceedingly well-written and entertaining, and the readers do a great job of pacing and intonation.
When I picked it up, I thought the title was probably typically an exaggeration--but nothing doing. Chris Hedges makes his case, and makes it well, that we are facing an imminent danger of losing our open society and plunging into a fascist state. Do yourself a favor and read or listen to this book. I think you'll be outraged, informed and moved to action. I know I was.
At first it sounds like this is going to be too intellectual for the "theater" of audio. But the authors are only setting the stage by defining their terms, so that the illustrations they provide of the cynical intentions of the "Christian" right will resonate with why it is such an insidious threat to our real values. This book was so informative for those of us who have come to fear Christian fundamentalism but have never really been to the "churches" that are behind the movement. By going to the "meetin's" and reporting back from the sincere and misguided trenches of the evangelicals, the authors have done us a great service in validating our strong suspicion that it's all just a great big conspiratorial power grab by those who really believe they're saving people by making them their pawns.
Another good read from one of my favorite authors. Mr. Hedges' observations about the dangers of any type of fanaticism have helped me tremendiusly in understanding this mess that is the United States.
I bought this book because I watched some talks given by the author, and he seemed to have a story to tell that was worth listening to. I did not find his book to be nearly as interesting as his talks though. I can't really explain why. What I really disliked about this book however, was the narration. I just really hate books with multiple narrators. I like the experience of "reading a book" and for me that experience is ruined by having multiple narrators.
Everyone should read this book, I too am a strong Christian aware of the Christian Right deeds and how they mirror the extremist in any culture, the problem here is that if these elk get their hands on too much power, then their goal is to ignite WWIII.....remember Bush and the war that fell was fisted down our throats! Now the seeds that was sown by this illegal and inhuman act has sowed into IsIs and other extremist in the Middle East. God is not on the side of the U.S. Or any one of that matter who preach hate and intolerance, and God does not need soldiers to do his bidding.
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