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.More
Jeremy Guskin's intelligent voice draws listeners in to Jeff Sharlet's The Family, a complex exposé of an evangelical Christian association that is deeply embedded in American politics. Guskin's emotive yet unobtrusive performance is the perfect match for this impeccably researched and nuanced portrayal of The Family, a group somewhere between a religious denomination, a cult, and a shadow government. The Family operates as a network of cronies with a common leader and raison d'être: Jesus Christ. Sharlet's portrayal is deeply disturbing, yet he retains enough empathy with his subjects to make this a complicated story of an important political force.
"Sharlet has done extensive research, and his thorough account of the Family's life and times is a chilling expose." (Publishers Weekly)
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