House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties

House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties

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by Craig Unger, James Naughton
     
 

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"House of Bush, House of Saud begins with a simple question: How is it that two days after September 11, 2001, when American air traffic was all but shut down, 140 Saudi citizens, many kin to Osama bin Laden, were permitted to leave the country? Why didn't the FBI question the people on the planes? Why did a Saudi billionaire socialize in the White House with…  See more details below

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"House of Bush, House of Saud begins with a simple question: How is it that two days after September 11, 2001, when American air traffic was all but shut down, 140 Saudi citizens, many kin to Osama bin Laden, were permitted to leave the country? Why didn't the FBI question the people on the planes? Why did a Saudi billionaire socialize in the White House with President George W. Bush on September 13, and why did Saudi Arabia - the birthplace of nearly all of the hijackers - get preferential treatment from the White House even at the World Trade Center continued to burn?" The answers to these questions - and ones far more troubling - lie in a largely hidden relationship that began in the mid-1970s, when the oil-rich House of Saud set out for America in the wake of the OPEC oil embargo and soaring oil prices. Saudi Arabia needed American military protection and a place to invest its billions of petrodollars. Like wildcatting oil drillers, the Saudis began prospecting among promising American politicians, including the Bush family. And with the Bushes, the Saudis hit a gusher - direct access to presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush, as well as to Secretary of State James Baker, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and the entire U.S. intelligence apparatus.

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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
From the Publisher
Michael Moore, Director of Fahrenheit 9/11 Craig Unger has done America and the world a huge favor by clearly and precisely documenting how the Bush inner circle is in the very deep pockets of the brutal Saudi dictators.

The New York Times [An] explosive work of journalism.

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ISBN-13:
9780743537186
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
03/16/2004
Edition description:
Abridged, 4 cassettes, 4 hours
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Craig Unger is the author of the New York Times bestselling House of Bush, House of Saud. He appears frequently as an analyst on CNN, the ABC Radio Network, and other broadcast outlets. The former deputy editor of The New York Observer and editor-in-chief of Boston Magazine, he has written about George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush for The New Yorker, Esquire, and Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.

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House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'House of Bush House of Saud' Craig Unger has written a perfect examination of America's involvement in and relationship with the Middle East. This is a perfect read for someone who does not have a great understanding of the Middle East but wants somewhere to start. This book highlights why the Bush administration has allowed Saudi Arabia to imprison and torture their citizens illegally and support numerous terrorist organizations, among many transgressions. I would highly recomend the chapter 'Three Dimensional Chess', as it highlihgts how the US became entangled in various Middile Eastern conflitcts, and does a great job of examining the US relationship to many Middle Eastern entities such as Osama bin Laden, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran, to name a few.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books on President Bush and the 40 year relationship with the Bin Laden family. Author Craig Unger, details the dubious actions of President Bush and his faction in the preceeding days of the 9/11 attack, in New York City. Many other novelists or directors, have used Unger's information, including Michael Moore's film 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' and one independent film, by The Media Foundation, 'Hijacking Catastrophe,' which completely surpasses Mr. Moore's work and contentions. Unger also underscores the special privileges that were bestowed on Bin Laden's family members. President Bush and Vice-president Cheney did not want Usama's (or Osama's) family to be harassed and feared for the lives and well being. Thus, an exodus of 141 relatives are picked up and shipped out to Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, and more disturbingly, this protocol was implemented in the wake of ALL airports and airplanes being shut down and or grounded. This jumbo jet, was the only plane allowed to fly, land, and then leave this country. Why was this allowed? Only the most powerful people in a government could impose this mandate. Bush is not for the American people he is solely for his subsidizers and a Christian movement, to change the world and revert to being a global hegemon, i.e., an Empire with Imperial tenets, under a guise of democracy. When I first read these disturbing contentions, I felt sick and realized how Americans are in denial about what 'our' government is about, doing, and how it operates. Like Karl Marx wrote in 'The Communist Manifesto,' capitalism segregates society into two classes, e.g., the Bourgeoisie and the Proletarians. Thus, creating a minority, i.e., the rich and powerful, and the majority, the poor and hardworking, which is everybody else who isn't rich or royalty? This is a very scaring dogma to adhere to, but 'America' is being primed to be this way, which is what the settlers did when they came to America and extirpated and entire race, i.e., the Native Americans, and thus, subjugated them into conforming to our pious beliefs, and our vision of 'freedom.' President Bush is doing this currently, because he has invaded and occupied a foreign country to impose our ideals. That is an Empire and the antithesis of a democracy, but it was how America was 'founded' or more accurately, stolen, via fear, intimidation, extirpation, subjugation, manipulation, and most important, guided by God-fearing/pious tenets.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book which tells the real story about Bush´s family friends and major concerns and how it is affecting the US and the rest of the world. Know why Saddam was attacked, learn about the enviroment that brought up Osama bin Laden and who are his supporters
Guest More than 1 year ago
No other president in history has had a family history so tainted with blood. If you want to get the dirt on the man occupying our white house, read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a well written, factual account of the connection between the Saud's and the Bush family. It provides a better understanding of some of the grave mistakes that have been made in the last few years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an amazing, well-reasearched, and well-documented book. Unger's tale is exciting, and all the more blood-boiling because it's true. Now I understand when people say 'Bush Sr. funded Osama bin Laden back in the '80s' what that means. Now when people talk about Bush and Reagan using Saddam Hussein, even after he gassed the Kurds, what that means. And how the current cast of characters -- Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Cheney, etc. -- were all there in the beginning, back during the first Bush's presidency. They created this mess and they can't seem to fix it. This book lays it all out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This superbly written and carefully documented book by Craig Unger, a noted author and investigative journalist, adds handsomely to the burgeoning list of substantive tomes covering the somewhat seedy and troublingly fulsome state of contemporary Saudi-American relationships, warts and all, and impressively serves the reader by masterfully describing and detailing the manifest ways in which the rise in the Bush family fortunes (both in terms of political and financial capital) is inextricably intertwined with that of the Saudi royal family. Indeed, the specter of blatant double-fisted corruption and cronyism depicted here is difficult to understand without understanding the kind of systematic familial linkages and connections that are explained and described here. As with Robert Baer's recent 'Sleeping With The Devil', author paints such a picture of consistent influence-peddling and access-enhancements at the highest levels of the federal government that the reader begins to see just how massively both American foreign policy on the one hand, and American electoral politics on the other, have been affected by the naked avarice and greed displayed by our one-time public officials such as James Baker, George H. W Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, and other Bush family associates. Of course, most often this level of crony capitalism is cloaked under the self-serving flag of life-long public service, and an apparent confusion over where the public interest ends, on the one hand, and their own selfish profit begins, on the other. In Baer's terrific book, the overall policy of Saudi influence peddling through use of money and highly valued services to its friends and allies is described and placed in context in terms of its potential impact for American foreign policy. Herein, the author masterfully illustrates how the Bush family has acted as the sword's edge for such Saudi efforts, providing the entry point for Saudi financial and political goals within the American polity in exchange for nearly 1.5 billion dollars in rewards from the Saudi royal family and its entourage. Indeed, such the extent to which the corruption has progressed can be gauged in the unrivaled personal access the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Bandar, enjoys at the White House, having virtually unfettered free access to the Oval office 24/7. Given the close financial ties between the houses of the Saudi royal family and the Bushes, one wonders to what degree the Faud family has been allowed either illegal or unethical influence over critical matters of commerce and state within this country. Needless to say, this kind of personal political access is unique, and is more than any of our closest allies such as Britain or Israel, can claim to enjoy. Given the fact that fifteen of the nineteen terrorists involved in the attack on 911 were Saudis, and that the government of Saudi Arabia has never cooperated in helping us to learn more about these individuals, or the individuals involved in any of the other Saudi-related terrorist incidents, the situation is indeed quite peculiar. Even more peculiar is the mysterious fashion in which dozens of Saudis were literally systematically spirited out of the country in the immediate aftermath of the 911 attack; and agencies like the state Department, the FBI, and The White House all aided and abetted these somewhat hurried efforts by Saudi nationals to leave before they could be either questioned or detained in connection with the events and circumstances surrounding the terrorist attacks. Likewise, the willingness of the Bush administration to significantly alter Middle East policy in favor of Palestinian interests based on a Saudi threat serves as an object lesson in just how powerful and fateful the sudden confluence of personal interests and foreign policy can be. Something appears to be rotten in the state of contemporary foreign policy as it pertains to Middle East affairs, and the economic and political ties
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very intense and well researched historical overview of the 'Bush Politic' and the Saudi state since the Carter era. If you have ever said to your self, 'What?!?' as you listened to the recent news reports and White House releases and announcements, this book will definitely connect some dots for you. I have never taken anything I have heard from any administration at face value since the Nixon era. This well written piece convinces me that it is indeed a prudent perspective to maintain. Again, I say, 'Well done. sir!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many books on the relationship between America and Saudia Arabia, yet this was one of the best I have seen. On top of that it offers great incite into many things people would not venture to think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for any free thinking person. It is very revealing and informative. The special relationship between the Bushes and the House of Saud explains the reasons for many of the decisions that have been made over the years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author succesfully demystifies the various reasons the various actions that Bush Jr. took on foreign policy issues (read Middle East) just to help the Saudi Royal family