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Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years Paperback – Nov 10 2009

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Press (Nov. 10 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608190064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608190065
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 4.1 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Baker's 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)

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

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2010
Format: Paperback
There is an ever-pressing need in this muddled and perplexing world of ours for the investigative services of independent journalists like Russ Baker, author of "Family of Secrets". In this study, Baker assesses the role the extended Bush family has played over three generations in influencing and shaping American politics from behind the scenes. As Baker readily admits, this book charts a different course of inquiry as it seeks to look at the little-known, clandestine side of a very powerful family of national politicians dedicated to gaining and wielding power at the highest levels of government over nearly a century. What is so remarkable about this saga is that the Bushes - Prescott, George W.H. and G.W - have duped many Americans into regarding them as legitimate dynasts when all along they been directly and indirectly associated with some of the most contemptible and undemocratic forces in the Union. Motivating them at all times has been the desire to promote and protect the interests of Big Oil and right-wing industrialists in their efforts to expand globally. While this part of the story is hardly revealing, the intricate history of their covert actions to make sure these causes succeeded, through direct involvement in the OSS and the CIA, is the stuff of chilling espionage and political subversion. Read this book and you might end up despising the Bushes even more for the secretive roles they may very well have played in the JFK assassination, the ousting of Nixon, the Iran Contra affair, the Iraq War, and numerous other events. Whichever Bush it was who was calling the shots from positions of authority - CIA director, UN ambassador, VP, President or Senator - this family knows how to close ranks when one of its own comes under public scrutiny.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Duddy TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 2 2009
Format: Paperback
The best non fiction so far this year.

Here are a few questions for you.

Name US Presidents and future Presidents who were in Dallas on Nov. 22nd, 1963.

Can you remember what you were doing when you heard Kennedy was shot?

Which of the above future US Presidents changed his story about his activities that day? Which one had a memory lapse?

Who brought down Richard Nixon?

Which American bank funded the Nazis? Which Bush family member?

Russ Baker has done a great job investigating why the United States allowed George W. Bush to become the 43rd. President. Was George absent without leave? Was George a deserter? What part did George H. W. play while in CIA? How did 41 ensure that 43 survived his rocky past business dealings in his rise to the top?
Readers will find that "born again" George was not always opposed to abortion.
The Savings and Loan debacle and the new financial tsunami have powerful Bush influence; Russ Baker backs up his strong evidence with footnotes.
This book deserves to be required reading in all US and Canadian institutes of education.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Canuk on Aug. 1 2010
Format: Hardcover
For people who prefer a more investigative slant to their news, this book is for you. Backed up with good footnotes, this book provides a perspective which is never talked about in the mainstream press. Given the scope of this book, I'm sure he could have written another 500 pages. The sheer number of people involved is astounding as is their connections amongst one another. I would personally suggested that the reader take this book in parts and make use of the footnotes (which are in the hundreds).
It does get complicated in parts, but bear with it. The book flows very well and connects easily from chapter to chapter. One thing which is guaranteed is that once you are introduced to a specific person that person will appear over and over again throughout. It is an amazing and somewhat scary view into the Bush Family.
If this book doesn't inspire you to do something about the world, nothing will.
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This is an excellent book although it is unusual in the sense that the author is not part of the well established cadre of Bush critics that emerged out of the "truth movement" following 9/11. I am not all the way through the book yet but I am thoroughly enjoying it. The author has reached people that are usually beyond the reach of researchers primarily concerned with 9/11. The workings of the old money clique in the US are made very apparent in this book. The connections between old school, banking, the oil industry and the CIA are elucidated clearly. This book is a must for any one interested in contemporary American history.

My one disappointment in reading so far is that there is no mention of an early incident in Brownsville, Texas, involving a grisly multiple murder scenario in relation to which George W. Bush was sought for questioning, as a potential witness, by law enforcement authorities. Nobody knows definitively what happened in this case but it is my understanding that avenues of investigation, insofar as they related to attempts to question Mr. Bush, were truncated by people with power enough to control police investigations. It would have been interesting to read the author's impression of this incident.
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