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on 23 March 2015
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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on 3 June 2017
If you were puzzled by how it was possible for GWB ever become POTUS then this is the book for you. A very interesting and in depth account (as far as is possible given the secrecy that surrounds them) of the Bush political dynasty. Fascinating and disturbing at the same time and delivers the knock out blow to the fallacy that the US was ever the 'land of the free and the home of the brave'. Democracy is an illusion in most of the developed world but you would have to be seriously deluded to believe that it was anything other than stillborn in the US in 1776. Hardly surprising that the Americans in their desperation have lurched from one Presidential disaster to another over the course of their history. It is a shame the book does not elaborate on the strangeness of the events surrounding 9/11 and also makes no mention of the rumours regarding the paternity of Barbara Bush nee Pierce but it is a true WTF moment when you hear the story and check out the resemblance.
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on 12 September 2012
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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on 2 October 2009
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. This includes Poppy's oil rigs in the Caribbean that would be the training grounds for Cuban exiles before the Bay of Pigs. To fund covert operations, an intelligence agency needs funding. This is where international financial institutions play a role. The motivation: when a covert operation topples a regime, the financial institute gets first crack at exploiting the resources of the country.

Baker discusses the forces that brought Poppy Bush into the Nixon White House. Prescott Bush, he suggests, was the one who arranged for Nixon to first run for the open Republican Congressional seat in California in 1946. And George and Prescott are visible in the shadows during Nixon's rise to power--Prescott as a US Senator from Connecticut and George as a covert operative in several strategic regions around the world.

During his two terms as VP under Eisenhower, Nixon was in charge of several covert operations. And those in George Bush's close knit circle left their fingerprints all over these operations.

When Nixon became president, the name George H W Bush was considered for the VP slot. Nixon went with his own choice instead. Then Nixon wanted Helms at the CIA to give him all the materials regarding the covert actions Nixon had taken during the 50's. Helms balked. The result: Watergate.

The Watergate scandal, which undid the Nixon presidency, was perpetrated by CIA agents. All the major books on Watergate to come out in the past two decades confirm that Nixon was set up. And Baker concurs. But Baker goes on to implicate Bush as being complicit in this. Bush, along with Kissinger and Haig, was one of the few to survive the scandal. And with Nixon gone, the US got a new president: Gerald Ford.

The Ford adminstration saw the commission of what was to be called the "Halloween Massacre"--the elimination of several staffers and cabinet members who were loyal to Nixon. And Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld oversaw and coordinated this "massacre".

How do you explain many strange events in American history without resorting to covert/intelligence operations? Bush's fingerprints can be found on the Iran/Contra scandal: a covert operation if ever there was one. Bush support for 3rd world dictators (Noriega, Hussein, Marcos) can easily be explained if you look for the web of intelligence.

And riding on his dad's coattails is young George W Bush. Where Poppy went wrong, George W seemed to correct: managing the media to spin all inquiries; politicizing every government agency; handing out juicy contracts to cronies.

Baker's book is filled with innuendos and suggestions. This is its greatest failing. The circumstantial evidence in many cases is compeling. However, in some cases it is lacking. The true value of Baker's research will be seen in the years to come. Future researchers can use his book and fill in the gaps where he was only able to provide circumstantial evidence.

Baker's narrative is fun but difficult to read. His prose is strong but this is not a book to be taken lightly. It weighs in at over 500 pages but reads like a book twice that length. If you are interested in American history, the Bush clan or the power of covert/intelligence operations, Baker's "Family of Secrets" receives my firm recommendation.
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on 6 February 2011
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.


Buy it!! READ it!!!

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on 14 December 2010
Thank God for Russ Baker :) What a Fantastic Book and a Great Read
Everyone Should Own a Copy!!!
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on 5 April 2015
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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on 12 July 2009
Better than a Clancey novel and well referenced.
A real page turner and eye opener into American politics.
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on 23 May 2015
Well researched and shocking. It's an outstanding read and an amazing book.
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on 7 April 2016
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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