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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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.
“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.
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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