By Kevin Phillips
From America's most appropriate political analyst, an explosive exam of the axis of faith, politics, and borrowed cash that threatens to spoil the state In his latest long island occasions bestselling books, American Dynasty and Wealth and Democracy, Kevin Phillips tested himself as a strong critic of the political and monetary forces which are ruling-and imperiling-the usa. Now, Phillips takes an uncompromising view of the political coalition, led via radical faith, that's riding the US to the edge of catastrophe. From historic Rome to the British Empire, Phillips demonstrates that each international- dominating strength has been introduced down via a similar set of reasons: a deadly mixture of world over- achieve, militant faith, source difficulties, and ballooning debt. it truly is this comparable axis of ills that has come to outline America's political and financial identification some time past decade. army miscalculations within the center East, the surge of fundamentalist faith, the surprising nationwide debt, the prices of U.S. oil dependence-together those elements are undermining our nation's protection, solvency, and status on the planet. If left unchecked, an identical forces will deliver a debt- bloated, preachy, energy-starved the United States to its knees. With a watch at the prior and a searing imaginative and prescient of the longer term, Phillips has written a e-book that no American can have the funds for to disregard. compliment for Kevin Phillips and American Dynasty: "[Phillips] is a deep philosopher extraordinaire, who does a masterful task of connecting the army- business dots. . . . A searing indictment of the Bush Dynasty." -Douglas Brinkley, mom Jones "Devastating . . . an immense, troubling publication that are meant to be learn in all places with care, nowhere extra so than during this city." -Jonathan Yardley, The Washington put up publication global
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