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Starred Review. The f-word crops up in the most respectable quarters these days. Yet if the provocative title of this exposé by Hedges (War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning)—sounds an alarm, the former New York Times foreign correspondent takes care to employ his terms precisely and decisively. As a Harvard Divinity School graduate, his investigation of the Christian Right agenda is even more alarming given its lucidity. Citing the psychology and sociology of fascism and cults, including the work of German historian Fritz Stern, Hedges draws striking parallels between 20th-century totalitarian movements and the highly organized, well-funded "dominionist movement," an influential theocratic sect within the country's huge evangelical population. Rooted in a radical Calvinism, and wrapping its apocalyptic, vehemently militant, sexist and homophobic vision in patriotic and religious rhetoric, dominionism seeks absolute power in a Christian state. Hedges's reportage profiles both former members and true believers, evoking the particular characteristics of this American variant of fascism. His argument against what he sees as a democratic society's suicidal tolerance for intolerant movements has its own paradoxes. But this urgent book forcefully illuminates what many across the political spectrum will recognize as a serious and growing threat to the very concept and practice of an open society. (Jan. 9)
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"Chris Hedges may be the most credible figure yet to detect real-life fascism in the Red America of megachurches, gay-marriage bans and Left Behind books. American Facists is at its most daring when it enunciates...the perversities that are obvious to those of us not beholden to political exigencies." -- New York Observer
"Throughout, Hedges documents, and reflects on, what he feels is the bigotry, the homophobia, the fanaticism -- and the deeply un-Christian ideology -- that pose clear and present danger in our previous and fragile republic." -- O, the Oprah magazine
"This is a powerful book that looks inside some of the darkest movements on American soil." -- Time Out New York
Was raised in bible belt and this book provides interesting insight and characterizations of some of the people there, not all but a vocal element who could be called self... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A rambling, incoherent rant reminiscent of a recovering drinker lecturing people on the evils of alcohol. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mjm
Chris Hedges is one of the most perceptive and provocative cultural critics on the scene today. I have devoted much of my Summer reading this year to his works, and have come away... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Johannes Climacus
Chris Hedges, truth-teller! Have read most of his books, and get clear, concise opinions with deep research.Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth Persson
Quality book in fine condition delivered in a timely way. Thanks.Published 3 months ago by thomas e.
A fantastic book... anybody concerned with the current state of affairs in the US should read this book.. Important!Published 5 months ago by The_Amazing_Agnostic_Gnostic