House of Bush, House of Saud

House of Bush, House of Saud

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by Craig Unger
     
 

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Newsbreaking and controversial — an award-winninginvestigative journalist uncovers the thirty-year relationshipbetween the Bush family and the House of Saud andexplains its impact on American foreign policy, business,and national security.

House of Bush, House of Saud begins with a politicallyexplosive question: How is it that two days

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Newsbreaking and controversial — an award-winninginvestigative journalist uncovers the thirty-year relationshipbetween the Bush family and the House of Saud andexplains its impact on American foreign policy, business,and national security.

House of Bush, House of Saud begins with a politicallyexplosive question: How is it that two days after 9/11,when U.S. air traffic was tightly restricted, 140 Saudis,many immediate kin to Osama Bin Laden, were permitted toleave the country without being questioned by U.S. intelligence?

The answer lies in a hidden relationship that began in the1970s, when the oil-rich House of Saud began courtingAmerican politicians in a bid for military protection, influence,and investment opportunity. With the Bush family, the Saudishit a gusher — direct access to presidents Reagan, George H.W.Bush, and George W. Bush. To trace the amazing weave of Saud-Bush connections, Unger interviewed three former directors ofthe CIA, top Saudi and Israeli intelligence officials, and morethan one hundred other sources. His access to major players isunparalleled and often exclusive — including executives at theCarlyle Group, the giant investment firm where the House ofBush and the House of Saud each has a major stake.

Like Bob Woodward's The Veil, Unger's House of Bush, Houseof Saud features unprecedented reportage; like Michael Moore'sDude, Where's My Country? Unger's book offers a politicalcounter-narrative to official explanations; this deeply sourcedaccount has already been cited by Senators Hillary RodhamClinton and Charles Schumer, and sets 9/11, the two Gulf Wars,and the ongoing Middle East crisis in a newcontext: Whatreally happened when America's most powerful political familybecame seduced by its Saudi counterparts?

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The New York Times
Unger's best pages tell how, in the days of panic and recrimination after Sept. 11, Prince Bandar managed to spirit prominent members of the Saud and bin Laden families out of the United States on chartered aircraft. Beginning on Sept. 13, when private aviation was still restricted, some 140 Saudis, including about two dozen of the bin Ladens, were flown to Europe. "Didn't it make sense," asks Unger rhetorically, "to at least interview Osama bin Laden 's relatives?" — James Buchan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786267835
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
08/13/2004
Edition description:
LARGEPRINT
Pages:
668
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.40(d)

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