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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“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 www.whowhatwhy.com.
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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.
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.
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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Insight into the Bush family and their behind-the-scenes manipulations. I found the part about Bush Sr's involvement in the Kennedy assassination to be very interestingPublished 14 months ago by Nick Palliser
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