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American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush Paperback – September 7, 2004
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It is essential to stress two things. First, unlike some of the one star reviewers who obviously haven't cracked the book, Phillips means this as a warning against all political dynasties, which was, in fact, a major concern of the Founding Fathers. They were terrified of political families whose influence would extend from one generation to another. And this fear persisted well into the 19th century. Anyone doubting this should read a good biography of John Quincy Adams. Phillips points out early in the book that the Kennedy family was a bit of a dynasty (and would have been one for certain had Robert F. Kennedy not been assassinated in 1968), and he acknowledges that if Hillary Clinton were to run and win in 2008 that would also constitute a dynasty. His decision to focus on the Bush/Walker family derives from the fact that they in fact have had two presidencies in less than a decade, as well as other members of the family holding other political positions (Preston Bush was a U.S. Senator and Jeb Bush a governor). Second, this book is an exploration of many of the ills of the political system.Read more ›
This is not a shrill, one-note, Bush-bashing book, and Phillips does not appear to have an agenda or axe to grind. Accordingly, he comes across as exceedingly fair and objective. His history goes back several generations, is detailed and fully supported, and reveals the Bush family's long-standing ability to insinuate itself with, and do the bidding of, the monied class. As others, including Phillips himself, have mentioned, these are not new revelations - it is all public and available information. What seems to particularly gall Phillips is the mainstream media's laziness and lack of interest in pursuing any aspect of this tale.
Neither Al Frankin nor Ann Coulter, Phillips is to be commended for this book.
With that said, Phillips does go off on some odd jags that will strike some readers as beyond the pale and a little nutty. In Phillips' hands, the sparse record around Prescott Bush's alleged dealings with Nazi Germany probably gets more attention than it should. Some of these more conspiratorial elements of "American Dynasty" keep this indictment from being absolutely first-rate, but do not ultimately derail the book's stronger elements.
Many other reviewers have dismissed Phillips as "bitter" or trying to "foment class warfare." To such criticisms, I think it's important to consider Phillips' background. Phillips is most famous for having written "The Emerging Republican Majority," and for having been a kind of political soothsayer who predicted the realignment that led to the end of the New Deal liberal coalition. Phillips made his greatest mark during a time of real intellectual ferment in the Republican Party -- when the ascendency of neo conservatism was breathing new life into the conservative movement, and real, serious ideas were being generated.Read more ›
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from the guardian Sept 20, 2004.:
George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their... Read more
I bought this book because I have always enjoyed hearing what Kevin Phillips had to say when he provided political analysis on NPR and other places. Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by EVELYN J HERRON
I keep thinking that each book I read is the best I've ever read, but Kevin Phillips' span of knowledge is incredible. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Robert V. Rose, retired education researcher
One of the most grating aspects of the 2000 and 2004 elections was the utter lack of coverage of the financial dealings of the Bush family. Read morePublished on February 26, 2011 by Newton Ooi
This writer has ADHD. I've never read a more scatter brained work in my life. This book is an editor's nightmare. Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by K. Evans
Over two years have passed now since the end of the George W. Bush Presidency and I continue to shake my head in disappointment and regret about how things have turned out. Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by Matthew Nigrelli
A documented indictment of the Bush/Walker clan, with longstanding ties to historically dubious characters, including Nazi German leadership and the oil-drenched bin Ladens of... Read morePublished on July 25, 2010 by T. Kepler
I read the other book by the author, "Wealth and Democracy" many years ago.
I read some of the reviews for "American Dynasty". Read more