Jeff Sharlet's "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power"

Jeff Sharlet's "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power"

Author: 
Jeff Sharlet

From the dust jacket: "Part history, part investigative journalism, The Family is a compelling account of how fundamentalism came to be interwoven with American power, a story that stretches from the religious revivals that have shaken this nation from its beginning to fundamentalism's new frontiers. No other book about the right has exposed The Family or revealed its far-reaching impact on democracy, and no future reckoning of American fundamentalism will be able to ignore it."

Book Excerpt: 
"Not long after September 11, 2001, a man I’ll call Zeke1 came to New York to survey the ruins of secularism. “To bear witness,” he said. He believed Christ had called him. He wandered the city, sparking up conversations with people he took to be Muslims—”Islamics,” he called them—knocking on the doors of mosques by day and sliding past velvet ropes into sweaty clubs by night. He prayed with an imam (to Jesus) and may or may not have gone home with several women. He got as close as possible to Ground Zero, visited it often, talked to street preachers. His throat tingled with dust and ashes. When he slept, his nose bled. He woke one morning on a red pillow. . . . "
Year of Publication: 
Tue, 2008-01-01
Rights Information: 
copyright, Jeff Sharlet
City of Publication: 
New York City
Book Publisher: 
Harper Collins