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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

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The long-hidden story of a family we thought we knew—and of a power-making apparatus that we have barely begun to comprehend.

After eight disastrous years, George W. Bush leaves office as one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. Russ Baker asks the question that lingers even as this benighted administration winds down: Who really wanted this man at the helm of the country, and why did his backers promote him despite his obvious liabilities and limitations? This book goes deep behind the scenes to deliver an arresting new look at George W. Bush, his father George H. W. Bush, their family, and the network of figures in intelligence, the military, finance, and oil who enabled the familys rise to power.
 
Bakers exhaustive investigation reveals a remarkable clan whose hermetic secrecy and code of absolute loyalty have concealed a far-reaching role in recent history that transcends the Bush presidencies. Baker offers new insights into lingering mysteries—from the death of John F. Kennedy to Richard Nixons downfall in Watergate. Here, too, are insider accounts of the backroom strategizing, and outright deception, that resulted in George W. Bushs electoral success.
 
Throughout, Baker helps us understand why we have not known these things before. Family of Secrets combines compelling narrative with eye-opening revelations. It offers the untold history of the machinations that have shaped American politics over much of the last century.
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. Bakers 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. Bushs military record received a 2005 Deadline Club award.
After eight years in office, George W. Bush departed as one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. Russ Baker asks the question that lingered as this benighted administration left power: Who exactly wanted this man at the helm of the country, and why did his backers promote him despite his apparent liabilities and limitations? This book goes deep behind the scenes to deliver an arresting new look at George W. Bush, his father George H. W. Bush, their family, and the network of figures in intelligence, the military, finance, and oil who enabled the familys rise to power.
 
In his exhaustive investigation, Baker sees a remarkable clan whose hermetic secrecy and code of absolute loyalty have concealed a far-reaching role in recent history that transcends the Bush presidencies. Baker offers new insights into lingering mysteries—from the death of John F. Kennedy to Richard Nixons downfall in Watergate. Here, too, are insider accounts of the backroom strategizing, and outright deception, which Baker claims resulted in George W. Bushs electoral success.
 
Throughout, Baker helps us understand why we have not known these things before. Family of Secrets combines compelling narrative with eye-opening revelations. It offers the untold history of the machinations that have shaped American politics over much of the last century.
“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:

The long-hidden story of a family we thought we knew—and of a power-making apparatus that we have barely begun to comprehend.

After eight disastrous years, George W. Bush leaves office as one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. Russ Baker asks the question that lingers even as this benighted administration winds down: Who really wanted this man at the helm of the country, and why did his backers promote him despite his obvious liabilities and limitations? This book goes deep behind the scenes to deliver an arresting new look at George W. Bush, his father George H. W. Bush, their family, and the network of figures in intelligence, the military, finance, and oil who enabled the familys rise to power.
 
Bakers exhaustive investigation reveals a remarkable clan whose hermetic secrecy and code of absolute loyalty have concealed a far-reaching role in recent history that transcends the Bush presidencies. Baker offers new insights into lingering mysteries—from the death of John F. Kennedy to Richard Nixons downfall in Watergate. Here, too, are insider accounts of the backroom strategizing, and outright deception, that resulted in George W. Bushs electoral success.
 
Throughout, Baker helps us understand why we have not known these things before. Family of Secrets combines compelling narrative with eye-opening revelations. It offers the untold history of the machinations that have shaped American politics over much of the last century.

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. Bakers 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. Bushs military record received a 2005 Deadline Club award.

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John Cassidy, September 19, 2009 (view all comments by John Cassidy)
When art critics in the late 19th century dubbed the works of Seurat and other artists as “pointillism” they used the expression as a term of derision. They just didn’t get it. The same goes for this book and I. All Russ Baker seems to have done in his hefty work of investigative journalism is draw a bunch of dots and without the lines to connect them I just don’t get the picture. The lack of anything remotely like evidence to the far-reaching conspiracy he eludes to just makes the whole story sound far-fetched. I hung in there for all 577 pages of this less than elegantly written massive tome waiting in hope for Baker to shed light on the fingerprints left behind the scene of the crime that has left only a chalk outline of the American body politic but he never did. If there is a conspiracy here, maybe it’s the glowing reviews on the back cover from some pretty big names. I for one was deceived enough to put down 30 bucks. While the book does have some merits, like its extensive notes that do elude to probably far more interesting works, the main point I took away from this book is to never be fooled again.
That's just my opinion though, buy a copy and decide for yourslef.
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dianagreene, December 28, 2008 (view all comments by dianagreene)
This book is truly amazing. It sheds light into the dark corners of the Bush Dynasty. The web of connections with the oil barrons of Texas, the CIA, the Saudi's and "Poppy" and "W" are truly enlightening. This is a must read for anyone who truly cares about our country and preserving any semblance of a government "of the people and for the people".
I highly recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596915572
Author:
Baker, Russ
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Business and politics
Subject:
General
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"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 ,
The long-hidden story of a family we thought we knew—and of a power-making apparatus that we have barely begun to comprehend.

After eight disastrous years, George W. Bush leaves office as one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. Russ Baker asks the question that lingers even as this benighted administration winds down: Who really wanted this man at the helm of the country, and why did his backers promote him despite his obvious liabilities and limitations? This book goes deep behind the scenes to deliver an arresting new look at George W. Bush, his father George H. W. Bush, their family, and the network of figures in intelligence, the military, finance, and oil who enabled the familys rise to power.
 
Bakers exhaustive investigation reveals a remarkable clan whose hermetic secrecy and code of absolute loyalty have concealed a far-reaching role in recent history that transcends the Bush presidencies. Baker offers new insights into lingering mysteries—from the death of John F. Kennedy to Richard Nixons downfall in Watergate. Here, too, are insider accounts of the backroom strategizing, and outright deception, that resulted in George W. Bushs electoral success.
 
Throughout, Baker helps us understand why we have not known these things before. Family of Secrets combines compelling narrative with eye-opening revelations. It offers the untold history of the machinations that have shaped American politics over much of the last century.
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