Family of Secrets

Family of Secrets

The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America

Book - 2009
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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 family's rise to power.

Baker's 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 Nixon's downfall in Watergate. Here, too, are insider accounts of the backroom strategizing, and outright deception, that resulted in George W. Bush's 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.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Press,, 2009.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781596915572
1596915579
Branch Call Number: 973.9310922 BA
Characteristics: viii, 577 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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dallison3
May 27, 2014

This book will challenge your perception of many of the pivotal events of the 1950s onward, including the murder of JFK, and Watergate.

A fascinating, and frightening, read. I highly recommend this to readers who are always looking to expand their understanding of recent U.S. history.

That said, I didn't think the author proved his assertions on every topic that was introduced. However, the book is meticulously sourced and footnoted, and in my mind does prove the majority of the assertions made. See for yourself!

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StarGladiator
Oct 15, 2013

This is a great book, and Russ does some really original research which was quite thought provoking. Contrast this with the mediocre book by Kevin Phillips ("American Dynasty" - - where Phillips accidentally mentions a really blockbuster fact about Bush's "military record") and you realize how seemingly quasi-anti-Bush writing can be quite contrived. Five big stars for Mr. Baker's achievement!

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white_dog_298 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 35

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