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"Instant classic. ...If Americans read a single book about current affairs this year, (this) should be it." -- Dog Skin Report

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

About the Author

Robert Parry is a 27-year veteran of Washington journalism who broke many of the stories now known as the Iran-Contra Affair for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. Among his awards is the 1984 George Polk Award for National Reporting. Parry was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1985. His other books including Fooling America, a look at the decline of the Washington press corps, and Lost History, an examination of the hidden history of the Cold War conflicts in Central America.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: The Media Consortium (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893517012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893517011
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William Hare on December 13, 2004
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Robert Parry is more than a chronicler of events in "Secrecy & Privilege"; he is a player as well, and in one of the most significant dramas of the post-World War Two era. It was Parry who uncovered significant evidence pertaining to the October Surprise incident. His efforts ultimately reached the nation's viewers with a heralded Public Broadcasting System documentary produced by his organization, Consortium News, which has emerged as one of the Internet's leading sources of information not generally available from mainstream media sources.

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.
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This is a superb personal effort by the author, and it does a tremendous job of harvesting both news media stories and key books. It is however a bit anrrow, and I recommend other references.

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.
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The subtitle discloses the content of the 23 chapters in this book -- the "Rise of the Bush Dynasty FROM WATERGATE TO IRAQ." Though I lived through these important years, the events of the time were a big murky mystery to me. I have been stunned to learn from this book about the back channel relationships of our government that BEGAN, not with the Obama administration, but with the Reagan administration. I haven't finished the book yet, but I am looking forward to reading the chapters on Sun Myung Moon, and his clandestine influence on American foreign policy during the George H. W. Bush years.
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Excellent expose of the madness behind Bush dynasty. So good it hurts... Every American should read this book. Unfortunately, most won't--and those who do will do so too late to stop the Bush family from leaving an appalling blemish on history. Generations of Americans will suffer from the Bush blight on our constitutional landscape. Americans must get the facts about this political family. And then we must act to save what's left of our country from their continuing avarice.
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Robert Parry gives us insight into why everything has seemed so odd for so long. No matter which side of the aisle you sit, it helps fill in the history that the mainstream press failed to give us.
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