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- Audible.com Release Date: September 9, 2004
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006IU3I0
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For anyone who is interested in the history of the Texas Air National Guard Documents, Kelley has covered this exhaustively and well. When you read her careful research into this entire situation, you will wonder no more.
Also included is a very clear look at Bush's most closely held political beliefs as recalled by fellow students at Harvard and others who knew him well before he decided to go into politics.
There are 38 pages of citations included in the book-it is extensively and carefully documented.
I recommend it!
This is apparently a family that has no interest in policy, governing, or anyone outside of their own set. Despite their mediocre intellects and lack of experience, their family connections and intergenerational competition have driven them all the way to the White House.
Sen. Prescott Bush was a businessman who entered the Senate with a mild sense of noblese oblige after a successful career. He was a reasonably principled, moderate Republican with a surprisingly good civil rights record. His son, GHWB had a brief but successful business career thanks to family connections and some luck in oil exploration. He then gravitated to the upper echelons of government, never holding a position for more than a year. His political career was considerably less principled than his father's beginning with his opportunistic about face on abortion and ending with the Iran Contra scandal (ironically, this scandal was first brought to public attention by freshman Sen. John Kerry). The third generation was even less promising. Phi Beta Kappa Jeb Bush showed the most intellectual promise surrounded by brothers with learning disabilities, but it was his wastrel older brother who managed to be in the right place at the right time.
Kitty Kelley's writing style is interesting and lucid. The book is well researched and adequately footnoted. The charges from other "reviewers" of information from "unnamed sources" are false. It is not meant to be a scholarly examination of the the policies and the successes and failures of the Bush administrations. It is meant to be a popular biography of a family. I found it neither admiring nor overly critical. In fact, I might even be inclined to call it fair and balanced....
"The Family" shows the Bushes for what they are: a dim, venial clan of thugs. Since bullying is about the only thing they seem to excel at--shooting the messenger being a particular specialty--we're sure to see plenty of savage attacks on Ms. Kelly. Indeed, taking their cues from the Thug-in-Chief, legions of Bush partisans who likely have not even touched the book are posting torrents of negative Amazon reviews. But for those of us how have read and could not put down "The Family", we know that it is credible, it jives with Bush's behavior, and that it's appalling that a man of such moral and intellectual vacuity could end up president.
I too am distressed that we are talking about such sordid stuff this election. We should be talking about, oh, the economy or Iraq. But since the Smearboat campaign, what choice has Bush left us?
Thanks Bush, thanks for changing the tone. And serioursly--thanks Ms. Kelly for stepping into the fray.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kelley is usually maligned by her subjects. But her anecdotal observations are probably true, and better they are greatly entertaining. The Bush family is no exception. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James E. Nickelson
I found the book very sad...that one president is no more honest or able in their greed for power and money than any of the others. Our world is now "OZ"Published 3 months ago by Margaret D. Helfenstein
Very insightful. Kelley properly goes back and looks at where the dynasty came from and in particular the story of Prescott Bush and the Yale and Skull and Bones connections. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul A. Myers
Like all the Kelley biographies I have read, this one is well written, intriguing, and well documented. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joan Rodriguez
Malicious gossip does not make a good book. I've read other Kitty Kelley books and enjoyed them. Personally the Bush Family is boring so I guess she had to really had to... Read morePublished 16 months ago by eileen Petrillo
While the book provides some addition view into the world of federal politics the author presents a mean spirited defamation of the Bush family, almost a disjointed and rambling... Read morePublished 16 months ago by J amz online
The Family:The Real Story Of The Bush Dynasty by Kitty Kelley is quite a book. Some of the inside stories she tells are real eye openers. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer