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For more than thirty years, Kevin Phillips’ insight into American politics and economics has helped to make history as well as record it. His bestselling books, including The Emerging Republican Majority (1969) and The Politics of Rich and Poor (1990), have influenced presidential campaigns and changed the way America sees itself. Widely acknowledging Phillips as one of the nation’s most perceptive thinkers, reviewers have called him a latter-day Nostradamus and our “modern Thomas Paine.” Now, in the first major book of its kind since the 1930s, he turns his attention to the United States’ history of great wealth and power, a sweeping cavalcade from the American Revolution to what he calls “the Second Gilded Age” at the turn of the twenty-first century.
The Second Gilded Age has been staggering enough in its concentration of wealth to dwarf the original Gilded Age a hundred…[more]
At the start of the new millennium, Americans look out on the world triumphant in our political and religious freedom, the power of our armed services, the wealth of our businesses, and the dominance of our language and ideals. It is no exaggeration to say that for the past two centuries Anglo- America has dominated world politics and transformed global culture.
In his revealing new book, The Cousin’s Wars: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America, author Kevin Phillips explores and identifies the powerful relationship between religion, politics, and warfare that turned a small Tudor kingdom into a hegemonic global community. Sure to spark a widespread debate on our nation’s place in world history, Phillips asserts that the English Civil War, the American Revolution, and the American Civil War forged religious, political, and cultural alignments critical to the emergence of imperial Britain and the “American Century.” …[more]
The enormous concentration of wealth in the United States during the 1980s—most of it in the hands of the top 1% of the population—will provoke what Phillips calls a watershed change in American politics. His masterly analysis portrays the public’s growing concern over this unequal distribution of wealth and the Republican policies that enhanced the imbalance.