American Dynasty

American Dynasty

Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush

Book - 2004
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The Bushes are the family nobody really knows, says Kevin Phillips. This popular lack of acquaintance—nurtured by gauzy imagery of Maine summer cottages, gray-haired national grandmothers, July Fourth sparklers, and cowboy boots—has let national politics create a dynasticized presidency that would have horrified America’s founding fathers. They, after all, had led a revolution against a succession of royal Georges.In this devastating book, onetime Republican strategist Phillips reveals how four generations of Bushes have ascended the ladder of national power since World War One, becoming entrenched within the American establishment—Yale, Wall Street, the Senate, the CIA, the vice presidency, and the presidency—through a recurrent flair for old-boy networking, national security involvement, and political deception. By uncovering relationships and connecting facts with new clarity, Phillips comes to a stunning conclusion: The Bush family has systematically used its financial and social empire—its “aristocracy”—to gain the White House, thereby subverting the very core of American democracy. In their ambition, the Bushes ultimately reinvented themselves with brilliant timing, twisting and turning from silver spoon Yankees to born-again evangelical Texans. As America—and the world—holds its breath for the 2004 presidential election, American Dynastyexplains how it happened and what it all means.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2004.
ISBN: 9780670032648
Branch Call Number: 973.928092 PH
Characteristics: xiv, 397 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Oct 15, 2013

p. 44, Phillips - - who has never served in the miitary, and therefore is quite ignorant and just repeating what he has been told - - tells the reader that George W. Bush spends 5 weeks in enlisted basic training at Lackland AFB - - obviously Bush washed out of ENLISTED basic training, since it was 8 weeks - - then Phillips states he was recommended for 2nd Lt, or officer's rank? One is never awarded officer's rank, whether they have washed out of enlisted basic training - - or successfully completed it!?!?! Next Phillips tells us Bush was given on-the-job training in jet piloting at his ANG squadron - - NEGATIVE! One must attend a designated USAF flight school, one never is according flying status in such a manner, that's a major, major NO-NO, Kevin! You see, Phillips gets his time right at Lackland, because he doesn't know any better, but the rest is pure silliness. Bush never qualifed for ANY rank in the military or reserve, he never attended officer's training, he never attended flight school, he was fraudulently impersonating an officer, while also fraudulently on the personnel rolls of several ANG wings or squadrons. And that's the super-loser many morons voted for! [Classic past example when the Warren Commission's chief counsel, Rankin - - who also never served in the military - - makes the mistake of telling a WaPo reporter back in 1964, that they, the Commission, is going to get to the bottom of what Lee Oswald was doing at Monterrey - - where Oswald was stationed for training after USMC boot camp. As most all military vets know, that has to mean language training at the Defense Language Institute, where Oswald was trained in Russian, prior to his Japan tour.]

Apr 20, 2009

good book but little bad bush

Oct 20, 2008

those bad bushes


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Apr 20, 2009

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