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. George W. Bush left 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, 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 offers new insights into lingering mysteries, from the death of John F. Kennedy to Richard Nixon's downfall in Watergate, and helps us understand why we have not known these things before.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, c2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596915572
Branch Call Number: 973.931 BAKER
Characteristics: viii, 577 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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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!

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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May 28, 2014

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