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Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq Paperback – September, 2004
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If you ever ask yourself, "How did America get here?" then you simply must read this book. ...clear, concise. -- Buzzflash.com
One of the best books ... on American politics and parapolitics. ... Serious investigative journalist's care with sources. ... Simple, transparent style. -- Lobster magazine, Summer 2005
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Parry covers the emergence of the Bush dynasty from a different perspective than those previously traversed. Parry stresses the necessity of George H. W. Bush, the first of two Bushes to sit in the White House, in clearing away potential mine fields of disaster to his son and the Republican Party in general. Parry reveals how Bush the Elder's concerted efforts resulted in the dodging of a political bullet in the form of the October Surprise allegations that could have seriously undercut Republican influence in the future and cost them dearly at the polls.
In addition to Bush the Elder's efforts, Republicans were bolstered by the fact that influential Democrats such as Congressman Lee Hamilton of Indiana agreed to scuttle the October Surprise investigation after earlier hearings had been held. Parry cites this result as comparable to the termination of efforts to learn more about the Watergate tragedy after Robert Strauss, the closest friend of Democrat-turned-Republican and Nixon Cabinet member John Connally.Read more ›
A simple example: he speaks of the narrow Bush victory in Florida without reference to Greg Palast's PRE-ELECTION reporting, subsequently summarized in the book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy or any understanding of the fact that over a year in advance of the election Jeb Bush stole the election by disenfranchizing over 35,000 black voters whose names were remotely--very remotely--linked to the names of felons from other states (only Florida felons cannot vote, but Jeb Bush wanted this so bad he paid ten times the going rate to a "friendly" company that used Texas felon lists to "disqualify" voters who only found out they were disqualified on election day.
Another example: he has a great (but dated) appendix on CIA and who it has funded as intermediaries and end recipients of CIA cash all over the world, but he completely misses the same necessary information for Wall Street, the 40,000 non-profits created to hide wealth and manage perceptions (as well as lure people off land with gold, see Confessions of an Economic Hit Man).
There are many other books on the Nazi, mafia, and Saudi corruption ties of the Bush family, and there are also other books that are more comprehensive and current on the problems we face today because of young Bush II and his war criminal vice President.Read more ›
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I wanted to understand what went on at that time.
people really need to see the real inside story. Highly recommend Robert Parry - all books
Let me start by stating that I am no fan of the Bush family or the Republican party. But I will also state that I am no fan of the Democratic party or the Clinton family. Read morePublished on September 5, 2009 by G. Boyd