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

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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 ...

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

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Overview

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.

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What People Are Saying

Roger Morris
"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)
Bill Moyers
"In an era dominated by corporate journalism and an ideological right-wing media, Russ Baker's work stands out for its fierce independence, fact-based reporting, and concern for what matters most to our democracy . . . A lot of us look to Russ to tell us what we didn't know."--(Bill Moyers, author and host, Bill Moyers' Journal (PBS))
David Margolick
"Russ Baker has the three most important attributes of any great investigative reporter: He is skeptical, he is fearless, and he is indefatigable. Whenever he examines anything-including the most allegedly well covered topics-he breaks important new ground."--(David Margolick, author and contributing editor, Vanity Fair)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596915572
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 450,979
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning investigative journalist Russ Baker has written for the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, the Nation, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Esquire, and served as Columbia Journalism Review contributing editor. Baker’s appearances include NPR, Fox News, and Air America. In 2005, he founded the Real News Project, a nonprofit investigative news organization. His exclusive reporting on George W. Bush’s military record received a 2005 Deadline Club award.

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Table of Contents

1 How Did Bush Happen? 1

2 Poppy's Secret 7

3 Viva Zapata 22

4 Where Was Poppy? 44

5 Oswald's Friend 67

6 The Hit 85

7 After Camelot 119

8 Wings for W. 134

9 The Nixonian Bushes 159

10 Downing Nixon, Part I: The Setup 175

11 Downing Nixon, Part II: The Execution 220

12 In from the Cold 253

13 Poppy's Proxy and the Saudis 280

14 Poppy's Web 299

15 The Handoff 319

16 The Quacking Duck 336

17 Playing Hardball 358

18 Meet the Help 370

19 The Conversion 390

20 The Skeleton in W.'s Closet 407

21 Shock and ... Oil? 423

22 Deflection for Reelection 441

23 Domestic Disturbance 466

24 Conclusion 491

Author's Note 495

Acknowledgments 496

Notes 499

Index 559

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Some Bush Family Secrets Left Hidden

    The author provides some new insight into the Bush Family secrets,but leaves others untouched. Baker fails to even remotely discuss the rumored extra-marital affair(s) of Poppy Bush. And, while he touches upon Barbara's failure to attend her mother's funeral, there is no mention of what she and Poppy did to occupy their time the day their first daughter was buried. And what about the large amount of speaking fees Barbara has received for her "canned" twenty minute presentation. And one has to wonder why the author offers little, if any, insight into the life of Jeb Bush. While Baker can be commended for the information he provides the reader, there was so much more he left hidden.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2009

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    Lift the veils from your eyes and pay attention!

    Russ Baker has done phenomenal research to pull together documented accounts of the Bush family's involvement in government, CIA, business, international dealings, Hoover, JFK, Watergate, 911, Nixon, Iraq, 2000/2004 elections, (is there a difference?) and other events and policies over the last 100 years. Any reader with less than a 160 IQ (not me), will need pages of flow charts to follow the people, connections, events, conversations, documents and relationships that Baker lays out in a fashion that cannot be disregarded as another conspiracy theory. To focus on a "conspiracy" for any event is to miss the point entirely. In some case, events were created to "look" like a conspiracy to act as a diversion from the truth.<BR/><BR/>Baker's unrelenting commitment to ferreting out and checking out the truth is no less than awesome. His delivery is articulate, his commitment is courageous and patriotic. This is not just about the Bush family. This book is a humbling revelation of that way it is, and has been for a very long time. This is the "shadow government" at work.<BR/><BR/>John Dean's "Worse than Watergate" tried to scratch the surface but came off as little more than a rant. I think he had a breath of an idea of what he was involved in but it was not articulated well. Valerie Plame's "Fair Game" began to peel the cover off the the way the "government" really works. Her work and patriotism is to be deeply honored and respected. Russ Baker picked it up where Ms. Plame leaves off is about as subtle as a cream pie in the face with historical facts, documents and tying it all together. I know of no other journalist with this degree of courage and intelligence.<BR/><BR/>My personal revelations after reading this have resounded like a deep bell in my soul: The ¿Bush¿ family that we see, the government figures that we see, are like the fruiting bodies of a ¿mushroom organism¿. The real organism is deep, broad and has its web spread unseen in the darkness, its fingers and tendrils in everything. We only see the occasional manifestation of it to know that something exists, but to focus on what we see, is to completely miss the deeper workings. G.W. is no dummy, (just lazy, et al, as Russ Baker points out) but he has been a ¿shill¿ to divert our attention elsewhere. He may easily go down in history as the worst president ever, but that was his roll to play and he played it very, very well, just as Poppy¿s roll was to play the mild-mannered, soft spoken person that nobody seemed to really pay much attention to. He came in on the heals of the ¿charismatic¿ R.Reagan and was able to glide through the next 4 years spoon feeding the public pablum. They both played their parts extremely well.<BR/><BR/>Don't read this book if you want restful sleep at night. On the other hand, read it, do your own confirming research, lest we not continue to have the veils pulled over our eyes.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Bush the crook

    This book has more info than most regular people will ever know. This quiet snake of a family have quietly been dismanteling this country for profit for years and should be in prison. It shows just how corrupt this country is and why we are hated in the world. They are the ministers of Goldman Sachs and this country is on the verge of self distruction. This country will be defeated from within.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2009

    A must read -- the story behind the story of the making and abuses of power.

    Russ Baker, a longtime investigative journalist, has produced one of the most important works about political malfeasance in decades. Baker poses fundamental questions (how could mediocre politicos become the top elected official in the U.S.?), follows myriad leads and trails into remote places, which remarkably, have not been identified or pieced together, including terrain that has been well mined. Remarkable in its scope, Baker uncovers the years of malfeasance, which as Webster defines as, "injurious," "doing ill," "evil conduct," and "illegal deeds" on a monumental scale that makes all before it appear to be child's play. <BR/><BR/>A stellar work, that is well documented (over 1,000 foot notes with named sources), highly informed, measured, lucid, witty, compelling. The book is an important intervention that will surely have lasting consequences, the beginnings of which we¿re just now seeing. <BR/><BR/>A timely antidote to the Bushwacking we've all been taking.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2008

    An invaluable peek behind the curtain of Bush's devious and misleading "Perception Management" campaign. Baker, at long last, exposes the dark alliance that has emerged as the power behind the throne.

    For readers who are not looking for reinforcement of the self-serving "news" rendition of events that have shaped public opinion with respect to presidential politics over the last four decades, Russ Baker's new book Family of Secrets is sure to stimulate. Baker unearths telling new information throughout the book that causes us to challenge the party line explainations that have never quite passed the "sniff" test. Whether you agree with his conclusions or not, this book provides background on the people, organizations and events that have shaped the Presidency of the United States since Kennedy and are positioned to influence Obama and others yet to come. A MUST read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

    A must read....full of shock, awe, and I thought so.

    Family of Secrets is a well written and researched account of the andestine involvement the CIA, the Bush seniors, oil and land interests, and more have influenced the economy, military, leadership, and decision-making in the USA, as well as, the power used to influence change outside the USA for the benefit of a few. The information on JFK's assassination alone is fascinating.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Who'd A Thunk???

    For many years of "Bush Reign" I sensed what many felt, the agenda was not in mine or America's best interest. This book explains much of the "why, when, where, and how".
    At times this read made me angry, and there were times I became enraged.!
    If one cares enough to understand just why we're where we are at today I whole heartedly recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Scary

    If the book is accurate, it is amazing how people with low abilities can be placed or elected to high positions of government by powerful self serving groups.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2009

    A Must Read

    A superb book, rigorously sourced and researched. Every American should read this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    highly recommended

    There is a lot of secrets reveled that the people should know.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    The Family Of Secerets

    This is a great book. I have not put it down. It is a must read for anyone who wants to understand what is happing in the contury today.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2009

    Same old stuff

    If you are looking for a serious, historical, objective, un-biased look at Bush this may not the book for you. Save your money and go to Russ Baker's web-site and read his articles that he's been penning on Bush all of these years for free. Same old stuff, nothing new. To me it's all an overview of his work from The Village Voice, LA Times, The Nation, and so on. A worn out subject.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Shocking details

    This book was very powerful and shocking in the details. It's extremely thorough and at times can be overwhelming in trying to digest the information but a very interesting book about the Bush family.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

    why does barnes and noble have the same review posted many times..

    not professional!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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