- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 1 edition (December 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596915579
- ISBN-13: 978-1596915572
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 479 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America Hardcover – December 18, 2008
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“One of the most important books of the past ten years.” ―Gore Vidal
“A tour de force … Family of Secrets has made me rethink even those events I witnessed with my own eyes.” ―Dan Rather
“Shocking in its disclosures, elegantly crafted, and faultlessly measured in its judgments, Family of Secrets is nothing less than a first historic portrait in full of the Bush dynasty and the era it shaped. From revelation to revelation, insight to insight--from the Kennedy assassination to Watergate to the oil and financial intrigues that lie behind today's headlines--this is a sweeping drama of money and power, unseen forces, and the emblematic triumph of a lineage that sowed national tragedy. Russ Baker's Family of Secrets is sure to take its place as one of the most startling and influential works of American history and journalism.” ―Roger Morris, former senior staff member, National Security Council, and author of Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician and Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America
“Left-wing paranoia? Baker, a solid investigative journalist, works hard to back up his claims – a reader could choke on the complex, interwoven details in Family of Secrets. He's a man on a mission, desperate to stop the "methods of stealth and manipulation that ... reflect a deeper ill: the American public's increasingly tenuous hold upon the levers of its own democracy.” ―San Diego Union-Tribune
“Prodigiously industrious investigative journalist Russ Baker…. connects the dots between the Bushes and Watergate.” ―Lev Grossman, Time Magazine
About the Author
Award-winning investigative journalist Russ Baker has written for the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, the Nation, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Esquire, and served as Columbia Journalism Review contributing editor. Baker's appearances include NPR, Fox News, and Air America. In 2005, he founded the Real News Project, a nonprofit investigative news organization. His exclusive reporting on George W. Bush's military record received a 2005 Deadline Club award.
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Why learn about the Bush Family? Because they have been a part of EVERY strange government action since WWII. Starting with Prescott Bush's business dealings with the Nazi's, to George H. Bush's association with Lee Harvey Oswald, Saddam Hussein, and others.... all the way to George W. Bush's dealings with Osama Bin Laden long before he became a 'Terrorist'.
This family had a role in the assassination of JFK, 9/11, and other financial failures that are nothing less than sinister,
One of the most prophetic facts evinced in this book came from a ghostwriter hired to help George W. write his pre-2000 campaign book. The author, who was eventually fired and not allowed to write the book, stated, in 1999, that George W. openly discussed invading Iraq. Bush's reasoning for such an endeavor was none other than to aggrandize himself in the approval polls and in the public's eye. Many will label this a conspiracy theory book, but facts are facts and hard to dispute. Those who usually attack such works only do so to avert any potential reader from partaking of this marathon. In society, many use the "Conspiracy Theory" line as a copout as opposed to actually looking at the evidence provided. This method helps them maintain their blissful state of ignorance.
Mr. Baker took great pains to ensure that each chapter is properly footnoted, giving the reader the opportunity to flip to the back and examine the source citation for him/herself. Not only is the book a great read, but it also can be used as a quick reference for facts dealing with the Bushes. This is a great work that effectively connects the dots of Bush Sr. and George W.'s misdoings in this country and how they got away with it. Another interesting topic in the book pertains to the Bushes deep connection to the bin Laden family. It seems that no one is willing to take on this topic and openly discuss it. However, Russ certainly does. Remain ignorant at your own risk. It is a must read for all concerned citizens. "