Republican Gomorrah

  • by Max Blumenthal
  • Narrated by William Hughes
  • 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Republican Gomorrah is a bestiary of dysfunction, scandal, and sordidness from the dark heart of the theocratic forces that now have a leash on the party. It shows how those forces are the ones that establishment Republicans, like John McCain, have to bow to if they have any hope of running for president. More that just an exposé, Republican Gomorrah shows that many of the movement's leading figures are stained by crisis and scandal: depression, mental illness, extramarital affairs, struggles with homosexual urges, heavy medication, pornography addiction, serial domestic abuse, and even murder.Inspired by the work of psychologist Erich Fromm, who asserted that the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings, Blumenthal explains in a compelling narrative how a culture of personal crises has defined the radical right, transforming the Republican party for the next generation and setting the stage for the future of American politics.


What the Critics Say

"Republican Gomorrah is an irresistible combination of anthropology and psychopathology that exerts the queasy fascination of (let's face it) something very like pornography." (The New Yorker)
"A brave and resourceful reporter adept at turning over rocks that public-relations-savvy Christian conservative leaders would prefer undisturbed." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

How close they came to having it all!

Interesting, though somewhat depressing, read, focusing on the highly dysfunctional James Dobson of "Focus on the Family" and his takeover of the congressional Republican caucus, and Bush Administration, to the extent that both dared do nothing without his direct approval.
First part chronicles chronicles the rise of Dobson (who strongly advocates regularly beating children) and his allies; the second part highlights scandals of Vitter, Craig, etc., giving few new details, but highlighting the born-again movement's hypocrisy and political expedience, concluding in a profile of the sheer nuttiness (and potential danger) of The Palin Gambit - the "witch" her Kenyan pal had bragged about driving from his town was actually a caretaker of several orphans, still living in the town, held in high regard by the locals.

I'm definitely interested in more from the narrator - he's good!
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- John S.

Childish Nonsense

After listening to the first few minutes of this audiobook, I began to regret having not listened to the sample and just going off the comments and synopsis. Blumenthal is down right belligerent in his distaste for religion. Being an Angeleno and having grown up around people of many faiths, the disrespectful tone and demeanor he takes when describing people's deeply held spiritual beliefs was distasteful and led me to tune out most of what he was trying to say.
In the end, this book only goes to prove that we are all human, we make mistakes, and we are largely driven by self interests. We attempt to coordinate our self interests and spiritual beliefs, but sometimes life gets in the way and we have to make ethical or moral decisions that go against those beliefs.
In the end, it seems like the book is calling for a more moderated voice to come through, but if you mock deeply held beliefs of people you disagree with, then you come off as being just as ignorant and intolerant as you believe they are.
I would not recommend this book to any one on the right, left, or center unless they were interested in finding out why and how the Right and Left are talking past one another.
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- Elton "I teach Business, Economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. My interests are in politics, economics, and philosophy. I hold a BA in English Literature, and an MA in Political Science."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.