The Thread that Came Back from the Dead?
I think it is amusing how many people dismissed Bonner's book (typically with rude non-arguments of the "blah blah blah" variety) when it was published in 2006. Of course, even a stopped clock is right twice a day ... but it is difficult not to look back now and suggest that he was rather prescient.
"If at any times we must deal in extremes, then we prefer the quiet, good-natured hypocrite to the implacable, turbulent zealot of any kind. In plain terms, we are not so fond of any set of notions, as to think them more important than the peace of society". John Toland, The Description of Epsom (1711)