Summary of American Theocracy

The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century

Penguin,
First Edition: 2006 more...

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American Theocracy book summary
Oil, debt and fundamental religion have driven the United States to a dangerous crossroads.

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You may not like what author Kevin Phillips says about President George W. Bush and America's current state. In fact, loyal Bush supporters may write off Phillips' views as paranoid left-wing poppycock, although he is a former Republican strategist who played a key role in Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign. Here, Phillips unleashes a furious bare-knuckle assault on the Bush administration. He insists that it is setting up the U.S. for a mighty fall. Utilizing historical evidence to construct his case, Phillips postulates that the combination of America's crushing debt, dependence on foreign oil and conservative religious fanaticism is a recipe for disaster. Those who agree with Phillips' contention that "history is likely to remember George W. Bush as one of America's most damaging two-term presidents" will be screaming "I told you so!" as they traverse this tome. And yet, Bush backers should resist the temptation to dismiss Phillips completely. The book is heavily footnoted, but Phillips skillfully connects the dots, extracting information from hundreds of newspaper articles, scholarly journals and speeches to assemble a compelling presentation. Whether you are for Bush, against Bush or worried about the shape the U.S. is in, getAbstract recommends this well-researched, thought-provoking work.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How President George W. Bush has put the United States in a perilous position
  • What history offers to explain America's predicament
  • Why it may be difficult for the U.S. to reverse its current political path
 

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Storm Clouds on the Horizon
America faces the "perfect storm" for disaster, and history reveals striking similarities between the downfall of the British, Spanish and Dutch empires, and the United States' current instability. Three distinct circumstances that threaten the U.S.'s superpower...
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About the Author

Kevin Phillips, author of 13 books including The Emerging Republican Majority, is a former Republican strategist who writes for several national publications. He has been a political and economic commentator for more than 30 years.


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