In his two most recent New York Times bestselling books, American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush and Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich, Kevin Phillips established himself as a powerful critic of the political and economic forces that are ruling - and imperiling - the United States.
Now, in American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21stCentury Phillips takes an uncompromising view of the political coalition, led by radical religion, that is driving America to the brink of disaster.
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 America'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.