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Family of Secrets: the Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years (09 Edition)

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ISBN13: 9781608190065
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“Shocking in its disclosures, elegantly crafted, and faultlessly measured in its judgments.”—Roger Morris, author of Richard Milhous Nixon and Partners in Power

How did the deeply flawed George W. Bush ascend to the highest office in the nation, what forces abetted his rise, and—perhaps most important—have those forces really been vanquished by Obamas election? Award-winning investigative journalist Russ Baker gives us the answers in Family of Secrets, a compelling and startling new take on the Bush dynasty and the shadowy elite that has quietly steered the American republic for the past half century and more. Baker shows how this network of figures in intelligence, the military, oil, and finance enabled—and in turn benefited handsomely from—the Bushes perch at the highest levels of government. As Baker reveals, this deeply entrenched elite remains in power regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.

Family of Secrets offers countless disclosures that challenge the conventional accounts of such central events as the JFK assassination and Watergate. It includes an inside account of George W.s cynical religious conversion and the untold real background to the disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina. Bakers narrative is gripping, sobering, and deeply sourced. It will change the way we understand not just the Bush years, but a half century of postwar history—and the present.

Praise for Family of Secrets:

“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 Bakers 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

 

Praise for Russ Baker:

“In an era dominated by corporate journalism and an ideological right-wing media, Russ Bakers work stands out for its fierce independence, fact-based reporting, and concern for what matters most to our democracy…A lot of us look to Russ to tell us what we didnt know.” —Bill Moyers, author and host, Bill Moyers Journal (PBS)

 

“Russ Baker has the three most important attributes of any great investigative reporter: He is skeptical, he is fearless, and he is indefatigable. Whenever he examines anything—including the most allegedly wellcovered topics—he breaks important new ground.” —David Margolick, author and contributing editor, Vanity Fair

Synopsis:

After eight disastrous years, George W. Bush leaves office as one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. Baker goes deep behind the scenes to deliver an arresting new look at the Bush legacy, and the network of figures in intelligence, military, finance, and oil who enabled the Bush family's rise to power.

Synopsis:

“Shocking in its disclosures, elegantly crafted, and faultlessly measured in its judgments.”—Roger Morris, author of Richard Milhous Nixon and Partners in Power

How did the deeply flawed George W. Bush ascend to the highest office in the nation, what forces abetted his rise, and—perhaps most important—have those forces really been vanquished by Obamas election? Award-winning investigative journalist Russ Baker gives us the answers in Family of Secrets, a compelling and startling new take on the Bush dynasty and the shadowy elite that has quietly steered the American republic for the past half century and more. Baker shows how this network of figures in intelligence, the military, oil, and finance enabled—and in turn benefited handsomely from—the Bushes perch at the highest levels of government. As Baker reveals, this deeply entrenched elite remains in power regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.

Family of Secrets offers countless disclosures that challenge the conventional accounts of such central events as the JFK assassination and Watergate. It includes an inside account of George W.s cynical religious conversion and the untold real background to the disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina. Bakers narrative is gripping, sobering, and deeply sourced. It will change the way we understand not just the Bush years, but a half century of postwar history—and the present.

About the Author

Russ Baker is an awardwinning investigative journalist. He has written for the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, the Nation, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Village Voice, and Esquire, and has served as a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. He is the founder of WhoWhatWhy/the Real News Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization, operating at www.whowhatwhy.com.

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Powder Monkey, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Powder Monkey)
Hang on! If you've had an inkling that things in American politics were not quite as they seem, this is the book for you. We don't like bad news, of course, so be warned that there is plenty of bad news in Russ Baker's excellent book. Document and news media research along with interviews conducted over the years provide support for details presented. Some people may say it's a stretch, except that everything fits into a pattern established early in the 20th Century. Every war after WW II can be linked to long-range, and some short-range planning by a coalition of intelligence and military interests working with those corporations who made billions of dollars from the conflicts. My response to the information, based on my reading of two others books -- JFK and the Speakable and The Psychopath Test -- is that there is an obsessive-compulsive and pathological drive by the family, and others, to maintain status, power and wealth that extends to doing whatever is necessary to meet their goals regardless of the hurt, the pain, or the loss of life, health and income that is inflicted on millions of people not lucky enough to be in the family. There is a mafia-like element in the family's behavior, the current scam being like a protection racket. It's a big book, over 600 pages, and I was persistently drawn to keep reading. We're faced with a serious problem. We need to do something about it. The first step is for everyone to read this book!
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S E Askelson, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by S E Askelson)
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what's going on behind the scenes in our government. Inspires a person to help clean the mess up with some competent elected politicians.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781608190065
Author:
Baker, Russ
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Foreword by:
Moore, James
Foreword:
Moore, James
Subject:
Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW Inserts
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 592 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781608190065 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , After eight disastrous years, George W. Bush leaves office as one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. Baker goes deep behind the scenes to deliver an arresting new look at the Bush legacy, and the network of figures in intelligence, military, finance, and oil who enabled the Bush family's rise to power.
"Synopsis" by ,
“Shocking in its disclosures, elegantly crafted, and faultlessly measured in its judgments.”—Roger Morris, author of Richard Milhous Nixon and Partners in Power

How did the deeply flawed George W. Bush ascend to the highest office in the nation, what forces abetted his rise, and—perhaps most important—have those forces really been vanquished by Obamas election? Award-winning investigative journalist Russ Baker gives us the answers in Family of Secrets, a compelling and startling new take on the Bush dynasty and the shadowy elite that has quietly steered the American republic for the past half century and more. Baker shows how this network of figures in intelligence, the military, oil, and finance enabled—and in turn benefited handsomely from—the Bushes perch at the highest levels of government. As Baker reveals, this deeply entrenched elite remains in power regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.

Family of Secrets offers countless disclosures that challenge the conventional accounts of such central events as the JFK assassination and Watergate. It includes an inside account of George W.s cynical religious conversion and the untold real background to the disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina. Bakers narrative is gripping, sobering, and deeply sourced. It will change the way we understand not just the Bush years, but a half century of postwar history—and the present.

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