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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Theocratic symbiosis

Jeff Sharlet on his startling revelation of a secretive organization that seeks to acquire and hold power to advance a religious agenda. Mr. Sharlet is an investigative journalist and contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Mother Jones, New York, "The Chronicle of Higher Education", Columbia Journalism Review, Oxford American, New Statesman, The Forward, and others He is an associate research scholar at New York University's Center for Religion and Media, where he has taught journalism and religious studies. His previous book, with coauthor Peter Manseau, was Killing the Buddha, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best religion titles of 2004. His new book, just published, is The Family: the Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power," in which Sharlet infiltrates the most influential and secretive fundamentalist network in America, to provide what one critic has described as the most astute and original explanation of fundamentalism and American power ever. About this book, Thomas Frank, New York Times bestselling author of What's the Matter with Kansas? has said, "Of all the important studies of the American right, THE FAMILY is undoubtedly the most eloquent. It is also quite possibly the most terrifying." Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch, said "One of the most compelling and brilliantly researched exposes you'll ever read--just don't read it alone at night!"







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