Kevin Phillips is a political analyst and historian whose book, WEALTH AND DEMOCRACY, probes the relationship between economic inequality and the democratic process. Phillips latest book is AMERICAN DYNASTY: ARISTOCRACY, FORTUNE, AND THE POLITICS OF DECEIT IN THE HOUSE OF BUSH.
Mr. Phillips first gained prominence as the chief political strategist for Richard Nixon during the historic election of 1968. In 1969, he published THE EMERGING REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, which forecasted a major shift to the right in electoral politics - a prediction that has been remarkably accurate.
In WEALTH AND DEMOCRACY, Mr. Phillips chronicled the history of America's wealthiest families and their effect on public policy from 1780s to 1991. Mr. Phillips argues that America is presently experiencing a new Gilded Age where the rich call the shots as democracy deteriorates. In AMERICAN DYNASTY, Phillips turns his attention to four generations of the Bush family's economic and political power.
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Excerpts from AMERICAN DYNASTY
ONLINE NEWSHOUR: Wealth and Democracy
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Kevin Phillips on NOW:
- The new American plutocracy, May 17, 2002
- Democracy in Danger, November 1, 2002
- Winners and losers in the American economy, April 9, 2004
- What didn't the 9/11 Commission find out?, July 23, 2004
- Watching the Democrats change metaphors, July 30, 2004
- On Iraq and the election, August 20, 2004
- The Republican Convention, August 27, 2004
- Interpreting the politics of the week, September 17, 2004
- Kevin Phillips and THE NATION's Katrina vanden Huevel, October 15, 2004
- The Politics of Religion, October 22, 2004