I’m thankful for Russ Baker who brought me into this dark rabbit hole, with a simple question that breaks this case open. Russ wanted to know why it was that when everyone alive on that day remembered exactly where they were when they learned that JFK was assassinated, except for George HW Bush, who’s mind had been blank whenever asked for 20 years. It turns out, he forgot he was in Dallas the night before… You can read excerpts here at Russ’s website Who What Why.
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years
By Russ Baker
How did the deeply flawed George W. Bush ascend to the highest office in the nation, what forces abetted his rise, and-perhaps most important-have those forces really been vanquished by Obama’s election? Award-winning investigative journalist Russ Baker gives us the answers in Family 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 enabled-and in turn benefited handsomely from-the 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 Secrets offers 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 history-and the present.
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.
- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 42494th edition (November 17, 2009)
“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
As a Former Bush fan, I’m glad I know the truth
This book will greatly assist you on your path to learn about the Bush Family.
Why learn about the Bush Family? Because they have been a part of EVERY strange government action since WWII. Starting with Prescott Bush’s business dealings with the Nazi’s, to George H. Bush’s association with Lee Harvey Oswald, Saddam Hussein, and others…. all the way to George W. Bush’s dealings with Osama Bin Laden long before he became a ‘Terrorist’.
This family had a role in the assassination of JFK, 9/11, and other financial failures that are nothing less than sinister,
If you want to understand what was really happening and how the American citizens have been betrayed and hoodwinked by the Bush’s this is a great book.
From Samuel Bush late 19th century to Bush 43 the book reveals the double life of the Bush family. The connections and associations throughout a century leave little doubt that the Bush family is entwined in many of the most historical and tragic events of wars, politics and covert activities of the USA. If you want to understand what was really happening and how the American citizens have been betrayed and hoodwinked by the Bush’s this is a great book.
“Wow!!!! This book is a tome of information and documented fact concerning the Bushes, father and son. I began to question the narrative of the Bush Administration once we commenced the use of White Phosphorous in Fallujah in late 2004, a known war crime. Operation Phantom Fury, the battle in which I personally served, is just one of many crimes committed by the Bush Dynasty. This book is excellent and well written, but one must have a pen ready to record astonishing facts. The wealth of information in this book requires patience and a willingness to reread certain excerpts to get the whole picture Russ Baker is providing. Hence, the facts are numerous.
One of the most prophetic facts evinced in this book came from a ghostwriter hired to help George W. write his pre-2000 campaign book. The author, who was eventually fired and not allowed to write the book, stated, in 1999, that George W. openly discussed invading Iraq. Bush’s reasoning for such an endeavor was none other than to aggrandize himself in the approval polls and in the public’s eye. Many will label this a conspiracy theory book, but facts are facts and hard to dispute. Those who usually attack such works only do so to avert any potential reader from partaking of this marathon. In society, many use the “Conspiracy Theory” line as a copout as opposed to actually looking at the evidence provided. This method helps them maintain their blissful state of ignorance.
Mr. Baker took great pains to ensure that each chapter is properly footnoted, giving the reader the opportunity to flip to the back and examine the source citation for him/herself. Not only is the book a great read, but it also can be used as a quick reference for facts dealing with the Bushes. This is a great work that effectively connects the dots of Bush Sr. and George W.’s misdoings in this country and how they got away with it. Another interesting topic in the book pertains to the Bushes deep connection to the bin Laden family. It seems that no one is willing to take on this topic and openly discuss it. However, Russ certainly does. Remain ignorant at your own risk. It is a must read for all concerned citizens. ”
George H.W. “Poppy” Bush is one of the few who could never recall where he was or what he was doing when JFK was assassinated; as a matter of fact, for over 20 years, he could not recall any details at all. He was 39 years old at the time and chairman of the Harris County (Houston) Republican Party and an outspoken critic of JFK. But on 21 November 1963, GHWB was staying at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Dallas and spoke that very evening to the American Association of Oil Drilling Contractors. Some time later, he was reportedly at “the ratification meeting” at the home of Clint Murchison, Sr., receiving last minute instructions and toasting JFK’s murder the night before it happened. [NOTE: Madeleine Duncan Brown has written about this event in her book, Texas in the Morning(1997). It was corroborated by Nigel Turner in Part 9, “The Guilty Men”, of “The Men who Killed Kennedy”.]