Wednesday, March 15, 2006

American Theocracy

New book to be released this month (3/21/06), a much-anticipated nonfiction book which is on the must-read list -- at the very least, must-see interviews with the author, Kevin Phillips.

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

From Kevin Phillips established himself as a powerful critic of the political and economic forces that are ruling 'and imperiling' the United States. Now, Phillips takes an uncompromising view of the political coalition, led by radical religion, that is driving America to the brink of disaster.

From Kirkus reviews: A dazzling treatise on the collapse of Republican virtues under the fundamentalists and plutocrats united in the perfect storm of Bushism.

From Publishers Weekly: A critic of the Bush family, Phillips sees little hope in Hillary Clinton. Expect him to make some provocative appearances on chat shows.

Phillips is the one-time Reagan revolutionary who had the intellectual honesty to understand and write about what has really happened since that time -- when the hard right and ultra-wealthy began in earnest to completely take control of America.

He actually worked in the Reagan administration and is also the author of these books:
  • Wealth and Democracy : A Political History of the American Rich

  • American Dynasty : Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush

  • Arrogant Capital : Washington, Wall Street, and the Frustration of American Politics

  • Boiling Point : Democrats, Republicans, and the Decline of Middle-Class Prosperity

  • The Politics of Rich and Poor: Wealth and the American Electorate in the Reagan Aftermath (This was his groundbreaking book which started out as a project to prove how good Reagan and the Republicans were for America, but which in fact proved to him just the opposite).
Publishers Weekly wrote this in 1990 about Rich and Poor:
Phillips proposes that the legacy of Reagan's presidency includes an enormous concentration of wealth at the top, intensifying pain and inequality for the poor, a massive, mounting debt, and foreigners gobbling up large chunks of America. The losers in this economic polarization include women, racial minorities, young people, single-parent families. Phillips demonstrates that deregulation has especially hurt organized labor, poorer city neighborhoods, people in small towns and rural areas. His analysis linking Reaganism to America's global loss of economic power is compelling. While George Bush [Sr.] keeps "imitating Ike in the 1990s" and refuses to develop a national strategy, post-Reagan Democrats take the blame for failure to resuscitate liberal economic populism. A stunning refutation of George Gilder's Wealth and Poverty....

Personally -- I can't wait to hear him on the political talk shows -- he's one of those people who doesn't put up with the disingenuous liars and blowhards like Chris 'sycophant' Mattews on Spitball or Tim Russert's corporate ass-kissing & hide-the-truth-fest or certainly not those Faux news idiots.

Now, if only OPRAH would interview him since what he knows and has to say is far more important to regular folks than the incestuous, out-of-touch, dishonest beltway punditry.

Order American Theocracy today! New book here,unabridged audio CD here.

Other books by Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips' bona fides: a former Republican strategist, he has been a political and economic commentator for more than three decades. He is currently a regular contributor to the and Los Angeles TimesNational Public Radio and also writes for Harper?s Magazine and Time. He has written twelve books, including The New York Times bestsellers The Politics of Rich and Poor and Wealth and Democracy.



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