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C Street:
The Fundamentalist Threat To Democracy

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'A gripping political thriller, a masterpiece of investigative journalism' - Peter Manseau, author of Rag and Bone The secretive Christian fundamentalist group known as 'The Family' is leading a new crusade for 'God-led government'. Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family (more than 100, 000 copies sold worldwide), is the only journalist to have reported from inside the organisation. The Family garnered intense media coverage in 2009 when their townhouse on Washington's C Street was central to three Republican sex scandals. Now Sharlet uncovers the covert efforts of C Street to transform the very fabric of Western democracy, with the Family, steeped in the influence and corruption usually associated with the notorious lobbying industry, fueling political fundamentalism from within government. When Barack Obama took office, headlines declared the age of culture wars over. In C Street, Sharlet shows why these conflicts endure and why they matter now. From Uganda, where culture warriors are determined to eradicate homosexuality, to the battle for the soul of America's armed forces. Reporting with exclusive sources and explosive documents, Sharlet reveals the terrifying new front-lines of fundamentalism.

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The secretive Christian fundamentalist group known as 'The Family' is leading a new crusade for 'God-led government'. Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family (more than 100, 000 copies sold worldwide), is the only journalist to have reported from inside the organisation.

The Family garnered intense media coverage in 2009 when their townhouse on Washington's C Street was central to three Republican sex scandals. Now Sharlet uncovers the covert efforts of C Street to transform the very fabric of Western democracy, with the Family, steeped in the influence and corruption usually associated with the notorious lobbying industry, fueling political fundamentalism from within government.

When Barack Obama took office, headlines declared the age of culture wars over. In C Street, Sharlet shows why these conflicts endure and why they matter now. From Uganda, where culture warriors are determined to eradicate homosexuality, to the battle for the soul of America's armed forces. Reporting with exclusive sources and explosive documents, Sharlet reveals the terrifying new front-lines of fundamentalism.

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Jeff Sharlet

Jeff Sharlet is a contributing editor for Harper’s and Rolling Stone and an associate research scholar at New York University’s Center for Religion and Media, where he has taught journalism and religious studies. He is the co-author, with Peter Manseau, of Killing the Buddha, and the editor of TheRevealer.org. He lives in Brooklyn. http://jeffsharlet.com/