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Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America Hardcover – 23 Dec 2008

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  • Hardcover: 577 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1 edition (23 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596915579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596915572
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 5.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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." --Bill Moyers, author and host, "Bill Moyers' Journal "(PBS)

"If Russ Baker's proposed book does nothing more than catalog, analyze, amplify, and contextualize the bewildering array of Bush II crimes and misdemeanors that we already know about, it will perform a needed and valuable service. I 'm betting that it will show us a good deal more than that--that what we've seen so far is smoke, and that Baker will expose the fire." --Hendrik Hertzberg, senior editor, the "New Yorker

""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 wellcovered topics--he breaks important new ground." --David Margolick, author and contributing editor, "Vanity Fair

""This is the right moment for just such a project, I think. T he country is waking up asking itself who is this Bush guy and how did he do this number on us. It seems to me that we need a book that narrates what happened and how. As to Russ Baker, he doesn't need me to say that he is not only among the best at his craft but also a man of rock-solid integrity. I look forward to reading this book." --Nicholas von Hoffman, author, columnist, and former "Washington Post "journalist

Praise for Russ Baker: "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" "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)

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""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 wellcovered topics--he breaks important new ground." --David Margolick, author and contributing editor, "Vanity Fair "



Praise for Russ Baker: "Prodigiously industrious investigative journalist Russ Baker.... connects the dots between the Bushes and Watergate." --Lev Grossman, "Time" Magazine "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" "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)

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""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 wellcovered topics--he breaks important new ground." --David Margolick, author and contributing editor, "Vanity Fair "



Praise for "Family of Secrets: " "Prodigiously industrious investigative journalist Russ Baker.... connects the dots between the Bushes and Watergate." --Lev Grossman, "Time" Magazine "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"

"Left-wing paranoia? Baker, a solid investigative journalist, works hard to back up his claims - a reader could choke on the complex, interwoven details in "Family 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 Diego Union-Tribune"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 uswhat we didn't know." --Bill Moyers, author and host, "Bill Moyers' Journal "(PBS)

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""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 wellcovered topics--he breaks important new ground." --David Margolick, author and contributing editor, "Vanity Fair "



Praise for "Family of Secrets: "

"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"

"Left-wing paranoia? Baker, a solid investigative journalist, works hard to back up his claims - a reader could choke on the complex, interwoven details in "Family 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 Diego"" Union-Tribune"

"Prodigiously industrious investigative journalist Russ Baker.... connects the dots between the Bushes and Watergate." --Lev Grossman, "Time" Magazine

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 ourdemocracy...A lot of us look to Russ to tell us what we didn't know." --Bill Moyers, author and host, "Bill Moyers' Journal "(PBS)

"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 wellcovered topics--he breaks important new ground." --David Margolick, author and contributing editor, "Vanity Fair "



Praise for "Family of Secrets: "“One of the most important books of the past ten years.”—Gore Vidal

 

“A tour de force … "Family of Secrets" has 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 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 sen

Praise for "Family of Secrets: ""One of the most important books of the past ten years."--Gore Vidal

"A tour de force ... "Family of Secrets" has 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 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"

"Left-wing paranoia? Baker, a solid investigative journalist, works hard to back up his claims - a reader could choke on the complex, interwoven details in "Family 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 Diego"" Union-Tribune"

"Prodigiously industrious investigative journalist Russ Baker.... connects the dots between the Bushes and Watergate." --Lev Grossman, "Time" Magazine

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." --Bill Moyers, author and host, "Bill Moyers' Journal "(PBS)

"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 wellcovered topics--he breaks important new ground." --David Margolick, author and contributing editor, "Vanity Fair "

"One of the most important books of the past ten years."--Gore Vidal

"A tour de force ... "Family of Secrets" has 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 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"

"Left-wing paranoia? Baker, a solid investigative journalist, works hard to back up his claims - a reader could choke on the complex, interwoven details in "Family 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 Diego"" Union-Tribune"

"Prodigiously industrious investigative journalist Russ Baker.... connects the dots between the Bushes and Watergate." --Lev Grossman, "Time" Magazine

One of the most important books of the past ten years. "Gore Vidal"

A tour de force "Family of Secrets" has 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 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"

Left-wing paranoia? Baker, a solid investigative journalist, works hard to back up his claims a reader could choke on the complex, interwoven details in "Family 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 Diego Union-Tribune"

Prodigiously industrious investigative journalist Russ Baker . connects the dots between the Bushes and Watergate. "Lev Grossman, Time Magazine"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Russ Baker's book "Family of Secrets" takes the reader on a tantalizing journey into the Bush family. Baker's unabashed goal was to answer the question "How did Bush happen?"

As Baker began his intensive research into George W Bush, he found that in order to understand George Jr., one must first look at George Sr. This led him to inquire about the Bush clan in general, raising the blinds on this most secretive of families.

The book is comprised of 23 chapters. Of these, Baker spends the first 16 discussing George H W Bush (called Poppy by those close to him). The remaining 7 chapters are about George W Bush and those in his specific orbit.

Russ Baker makes a strong circumstantial case that George H W Bush was involved in intelligence work long before his 1974 CIA stint appointment. The actual evidence that would verify this is unavailable to the public in general as the CIA does not like inquiries.

Those who surround Poppy Bush seemed to be tinged by covert, intelligence operations. A few examples are: his father Prescott Bush, Neil Mallon and George DeMohrenschildt. The intelligence apparatus that evolved from WWII (the OSS) would become known as the CIA. And many in Bush's orbit were somehow connected to the OSS, the CIA or to covert missions in WWII.

Building upon this, Baker argues that the world of covert operations, including propaganda and psyops, is able and willing to suppress information and diseminate disinformation. The gatekeepers of knowledge tend to have ties to the CIA--including the Watergate journalist Bob Woodward.

The world of covert operations goes hand in hand with the oil industry and the world of international finance. The oil industry has acted as a kind of vanguard for US covert operations.
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This is one of the best books about the way we are being conned EVER. Well researched and put together, a must read for anyone who wants to know just how we are just slaves to this evil, how we are controlled and fed lies from our so called leaders ,wake up READ THIS BOOK!
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As we enter a possible new chapter of 'Jeb' Bush....there's stuff we need to know about the Bush family, and this book is a cracking start. Very readable, but does flit quite a bit chronologically between 'Poppy' (dad) and junior (son), which can be a little distracting. Mr Baker has clearly done his homework on this project and interviewed a lot of people.

Very in-depth coverage of the build up to the JFK incident focusing more on the interlocking relationships of influential business and political leaders who had issue with JFK. A lot of new analysis with Junior's lack of time with the National Air Guard drilled into and his numerous positions on energy companies with CIA links . If I had one disappointment it would be the lack of coverage on the Crisis Management Team which was set up shortly before the assassination attempt of Reagan which neatly allowed Poppy Bush a back door to the job he had been after for so long, but than darn Reagan refused to die.

All in all, a very good job indeed. Happy to recommend this to anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of the power politics of those who wish (and do) rule us.
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I bought this book from Amazon. Russ Baker has written a magnum opus!! In this book "Family Of Secrets" Mr Baker is thorough, exhaustive, meticulous and sweeping in his research into how the two Bushes - George Herbert Walker Bush (Poppy) and George Walker Bush (Dubya) ran America and how the latter almost ran America into the ground. Mr Baker gives us the comprehensive and detailed backstory of one of America's most prominent families.

UNPUTDOWNABLE!!

Buy it!! READ it!!!

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Thank God for Russ Baker :) What a Fantastic Book and a Great Read
Everyone Should Own a Copy!!!
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Better than a Clancey novel and well referenced.
A real page turner and eye opener into American politics.
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An awesome piece of work by a brilliant journalist. I bought this on the recommendation of Gore Vidal in one of his late public appearances; 'You really ought to read this book', said the old sage, and, as so often, he is absolutely right.
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You must read this book if you want to understand who rules America. It is an excellent book. I recommend it. The book was brand new.
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