The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

Paperback | June 2, 2009

byJeff Sharlet

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They insist they are just a group of friends, yet they funnel millions of dollars through tax-free corporations. They claim to disdain politics, but congressmen of both parties describe them as the most influential religious organization in Washington. They say they are not Christians, but simply believers.

Behind the scenes at every National Prayer Breakfast since 1953 has been the Family, an elite network dedicated to a religion of power for the powerful. Their goal is "Jesus plus nothing." Their method is backroom diplomacy. The Family is the startling story of how their faith—part free-market fundamentalism, part imperial ambition—has come to be interwoven with the affairs of nations around the world.

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They insist they are just a group of friends, yet they funnel millions of dollars through tax-free corporations. They claim to disdain politics, but congressmen of both parties describe them as the most influential religious organization in Washington. They say they are not Christians, but simply believers.Behind the scenes at every Na...

Jeff Sharlet is a visiting research scholar at New York University's Center for Religion and Media. He is a contributing editor forHarper'sandRolling Stone, the coauthor, with Peter Manseau, ofKilling the Buddha, and the editor ofTheRevealer.org. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:June 2, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060560053

ISBN - 13:9780060560058

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“A brilliant marriage of investigative journalism and history, an unsettling story of how this small but powerful group shaped the faith of the nation in the 20th century and drives the politics of empire in the 21st. Anyone interested in circles of power will love this book.”