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

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-10
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"Shocking in its disclosures, elegantly crafted, and faultlessly measured in its judgments."Roger Morris, author ofRichard Milhous NixonandPartners in PowerHow did the deeply flawed George W. Bush ascend to the highest office in the nation, what forces abetted his rise, andperhaps most importanthave those forces really been vanquished by Obama's election? Award-winning investigative journalist Russ Baker gives us the answers inFamily of Secrets, a compelling and startling new take on the Bush dynasty and the shadowy elite that has quietly steered the American republic for the past half century and more. Baker shows how this network of figures in intelligence, the military, oil, and finance enabledand in turn benefited handsomely fromthe Bushes' perch at the highest levels of government. As Baker reveals, this deeply entrenched elite remains in power regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.Family of Secretsoffers countless disclosures that challenge the conventional accounts of such central events as the JFK assassination and Watergate. It includes an inside account of George W.'s cynical religious conversion and the untold real background to the disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina. Baker's narrative is gripping, sobering, and deeply sourced. It will change the way we understand not just the Bush years, but a half century of postwar historyand the present.Praise forFamily of Secrets: "One of the most important books of the past ten years."Gore Vidal "A tour de force ...Family of Secretshas 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 Secretsis nothing less than a first historic portrait in full of the Bush dynasty and the era it shaped. From revelation to revelation, insight to insightfrom the Kennedy assassination to Watergate to the oil and financial intrigues that lie behind today's headlinesthis is a sweeping drama of money and power, unseen forces, and the emblematic triumph of a lineage that sowed national tragedy. Russ Baker'sFamily of Secretsis 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 ofRichard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American PoliticianandPartners 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 inFamily 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 DiegoUnion-Tribune "Prodigiously industrious investigative journalist Russ Baker.... connects the dots between the Bushes and Watergate."Lev Grossman,TimeMagazine Praise for Russ Baker:"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.&

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
How Did Bush Happen?p. 1
Poppy's Secretp. 7
Viva Zapatap. 22
Where Was Poppy?p. 44
Oswald's Friendp. 67
The Hitp. 85
After Camelotp. 119
Wings for W.p. 134
The Nixonian Bushesp. 159
Downing Nixon, Part I: The Setupp. 175
Downing Nixon, Part II: The Executionp. 220
In from the Coldp. 253
Poppy's Proxy and the Saudisp. 280
Poppy's Webp. 299
The Handoffp. 319
The Quacking Duckp. 336
Playing Hardballp. 358
Meet the Helpp. 370
The Conversionp. 390
The Skeleton in W.'s Closetp. 407
Shock and... Oil?p. 423
Deflection for Reelectionp. 441
Domestic Disturbancep. 466
Conclusionp. 491
Afterwordp. 495
Author's Notep. 497
Acknowledgmentsp. 498
Notesp. 501
Indexp. 561
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