The Kindle version of Leah Burton’s new book, God, Guns and Greed: A Dangerous Path For America, is now available. (The print version isn’t listed yet, but I’ll update as soon as it is.)
Unlike Joe McGinniss, whose much publicized book on Sarah Palin is coming out tomorrow, Leah Burton didn’t have to move in next door to the Palins and dig up stuff to write about them. Leah is a native Alaskan and former lobbyist who knew all about Sarah Palin long before she became a household name. Leah is also an expert on Christian dominionism who immediately saw the danger of a religious ideologue like Palin rising to the level of running for vice president, and, more importantly, that this is much bigger than just Palin.
I’m reading Leah’s book right now, and will be writing a full review once I finish it, but I can already say that this book is getting two thumbs up from me based on what I’ve read so far. I also plan to have Leah as a guest on my soon to debut podcast. But for now, here’s the book description of God, Guns and Greed from the Amazon page:
From the moment Sarah Palin walked across the stage in Minnesota after being announced as McCain’s Vice Presidential candidate in 2008, a new tide of religious conservatism erupted. This is the former Religious Right on steroids. No matter where Palin ends up, it is what she has already brought to the political landscape in America that cannot be reversed. New candidates who echo her same zealotry are now forming the frontrunners for the GOP 2012 nomination.
God, Guns and Greed is a primer to the strange but powerful elements of religious extremism that are enjoying a resurgence in American politics. The reality of “Political Dominionsim” is far more complicated than a handful of devoted Christians expressing their freedom of speech. It is a political ideaology, masking as religion, that crosses denominational lines, and dictates the belief that God has ordered followers to both take actual physical dominion over the Earth, and specifies that the “End Times” cannot (or will not) come until this is achieved. When believers in this terrifying philosophy are also running for offices as high as the President of the United States, all Americans need to sit up and take notice.