C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy (Paperback)

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It is written on the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your rich, your privileged, your morally corrupt yearning cheat on their wives." Author Sharlet returns us to the now infamous townhouse in Washington where men convinced they have been chosen by God himself to lead us huddled masses into the light gather to cover their smarmy butts. The same cast that we came to know in The Family are all back with a whole new season of wacky misadventures. Seldom has megalomania been approached so sanctimoniously as it is on C Street, but the really scary part of the whole thing is that these guys are serious. Deadly serious. — Alden Graves


The "brilliant, courageous" book (Washington Post) that inspired the Netflix documentary series The Family and reveals the secret influence of fundamentalism in American politics.

The author of the runaway paperback bestseller The Family returns with a blistering investigation of the true influence of fundamentalism in American politics.

Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to report from inside the C Street House, the Fellowship residence known by its Washington, D.C., address. This luxury townhouse, recently the setting of notorious political scandal, is more crucially home to efforts to transform American democracy.

After laying bare the Fellowship's history in his runaway bestseller The Family, Sharlet now shows that past efforts of America's religious fundamentalists pale in comparison to their long-term ambitions today.

In C STREET Sharlet reveals why culture wars endure and why they matter now--from the American-backed war on gays in Uganda to the battle for the soul of America's armed forces. Drawing on exclusive sources and explosive, newly disclosed documents, Sharlet exposes not the last gasp of old-time religion but the new front lines of American fundamentalism.


About the Author

Jeff Sharlet, New York Times bestselling author of The Family, is a contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone, the coauthor, with Peter Manseau, of Killing the Buddha, and the editor of TheRevealer.org. He has written for Mother Jones, the Washington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and many other magazines and newspapers, and he has commented on religion and politics for NBC Nightly News, The Daily Show, the Rachel Maddow Show, Fresh Air, Morning Edition, and more. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Praise For…

"A fascinating story that will intrigue and outrage readers...C Street provides valuable insights into an influential political and religious group."—Boston Globe

"Sharlet's firsthand reporting is brilliant, even courageous."—John G. Turner, Washington Post

"A comprehensive look at the Family's quiet and carefully obscured influence."—Scott Horton, Harper's

"At once a gripping political thriller, a masterpiece of investigative journalism, and a timely call to arms, C Street reveals all that can be hidden within an innocuous Washington address. Jeff Sharlet delivers a warning that the blurring of the line between church and state is both an urgent local problem and a matter of global concern."—Peter Manseau, author of Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World's Holy Dead and Songs for the Butcher's Daughter

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316091060
ISBN-10: 0316091065
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: June 9th, 2011
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Back Bay Readers' Pick
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