Matthew Whitten's Reviews > American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century

American Theocracy by Kevin Phillips
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Dec 20, 11

really liked it

On the whole, the author lays out a thoroughly researched and supported argument. Stylistically, it is written well and enjoyable. However, he does diverge into polemic at times, especially with respect to his discussion of evangelicalism. His analysis of evangelicalism betrays a lack of true scholarship into the subject. Evangelicalism is not as cohesive a movement as the author would make it out to be, i.e., at times he paints with too broad a brush. On the whole, though, the book is an excellent analysis.

I would add that the author was quite precient in his economic traditions (just as he was during the Nixon years when he predicted the Southern Strategy and the coming Republican domination of Southern politics). This book was written before the 2008 economic collapse and identified, essentially, the proximate causes of that crash before it happened.

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