Family of secrets The Bush dynasty, the powerful forces that put it in the White House, and what their influence means for America

Russ Baker, 1958-

Book - 2009

The long-hidden story of a family we thought we knew--and of a power-making apparatus that we have barely begun to comprehend. George W. Bush left office as one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. Russ Baker asks the question that lingers even as this benighted administration winds down: Who really wanted this man at the helm, and why did his backers promote him despite his obvious liabilities and limitations? This book goes deep behind the scenes to deliver an arresting new look at George W. Bush, his father George H. W. Bush, their family, and the network of figures in intelligence, the military, finance, and oil who enabled the family's rise to power. Baker offers new insights into lingering mysteries, from the of John F. Kennedy to Richard Nixon's downfall in Watergate, and helps us understand why we have not known these things before.--From publisher description.

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New York : Bloomsbury Press 2009.
Main Author
Russ Baker, 1958- (-)
1st U.S. ed
Physical Description
viii, 577 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. [499]-558) and index.
  • Foreword
  • 1. How Did Bush Happen?
  • 2. Poppy's Secret
  • 3. Viva Zapata
  • 4. Where Was Poppy?
  • 5. Oswald's Friend
  • 6. The Hit
  • 7. After Camelot
  • 8. Wings for W.
  • 9. The Nixonian Bushes
  • 10. Downing Nixon, Part I: The Setup
  • 11. Downing Nixon, Part II: The Execution
  • 12. In from the Cold
  • 13. Poppy's Proxy and the Saudis
  • 14. Poppy's Web
  • 15. The Handoff
  • 16. The Quacking Duck
  • 17. Playing Hardball
  • 18. Meet the Help
  • 19. The Conversion
  • 20. The Skeleton in W.'s Closet
  • 21. Shock and... Oil?
  • 22. Deflection for Reelection
  • 23. Domestic Disturbance
  • 24. Conclusion
  • Afterword
  • Author's Note
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Index