Newsbreaking and controversial -- an award-winning
investigative journalist uncovers the thirty-year relationship
between the Bush family and the House of Saud and
explains its impact on American foreign policy, business,
and national security.
"House of Bush, House of Saud" begins with a politically
explosive question: How is it that two days after 9/11,
when U.S. air traffic was tightly restricted, 140 Saudis,
many immediate kin to Osama Bin Laden, were permitted to
leave the country without being questioned by U.S. intelligence?
The answer lies in a hidden relationship that began in the
1970s, when the oil-rich House of Saud began courting
American politicians in a bid for military protection, influence,
and investment opportunity. With the Bush family, the Saudis
hit a gusher -- direct access to presidents Reagan, George H.W.
Bush, and George W. Bush. To trace the amazing weave of Saud-
Bush connections, Unger interviewed three former directors of
the CIA, top Saudi and Israeli intelligence officials, and more
than one hundred other sources. His access to major players is
unparalleled and often exclusive -- including executives at the
Carlyle Group, the giant investment firm where the House of
Bush and the House of Saud each has a major stake.
Like Bob Woodward's "The Veil," Unger's "House of Bush, House
of Saud" features unprecedented reportage; like Michael Moore's
"Dude, Where's My Country?" Unger's book offers a political
counter-narrative to official explanations; this deeply sourced
account has already been cited by Senators Hillary Rodham
Clinton and Charles Schumer, and sets 9/11, the two Gulf Wars,
and theongoing Middle East crisis in a new context: What
really happened when America's most powerful political family
became seduced by its Saudi counterparts?