Christian Nation

By Frederic C. Rich
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393240115, 342pp.)

Publication Date: July 2013

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So ends the first chapter of this brilliantly readable counterfactual novel, reminding us that America s Christian fundamentalists have been consistently clear about their vision for a "Christian Nation" and dead serious about acquiring the political power to achieve it. When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president, the reader, along with the nation, stumbles down a terrifyingly credible path toward theocracy, realizing too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said.

In the spirit of Philip Roth s The Plot Against America, one of America s foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called The Blessing, enforced by a totally integrated digital world known as the "Purity Web." Readers will find themselves haunted by the questions the narrator struggles to answer in this fictional memoir: "What happened, why did it happen, how could it have happened?""

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