Family of Secrets by Russ Baker

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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 Russ Baker

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Russ Baker is an award-winning investigative journalist who 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, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news Web site.
Published December 18, 2008 by Bloomsbury Press. 592 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Baker begins Family of Secrets by telling us that the story of the Bush Dynasty is “vastly more complicated” than “the conventional wisdom would have it.” His goal is to tell the story behind the story (and perhaps even the story behind that story), piling fact upon fact and infusing the tale wit...

Feb 18 2009 | Read Full Review of Family of Secrets

Business Insider

In the course of two months, and with help from John Dean, he revealed that Nixon had an enemies’ list, that the White House was trying to embarrass the senator with false Townhouse fund allegations, that Nixon was connected to both the Watergate and Ellsberg break-ins, that Nixon was a participa...

May 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Family of Secrets

Just before New Year's, taking a breather from the political exhaust-a-thon and my book launch, I turned to Larry Beinhart's novel, Salvation Boulevard, which Larry had graciously sent over.

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Illinois Review

Although it has been reported that Jeb Bush governed as a conservative, in the interim Bush has taken positions that mirror those of Democrats, specifically with amnesty and Common core.

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