Through a series of exclusive, surprisingly candid interviews with members of the family and close friends, the inner workings of this very private family are revealed: their marriages and friendships; the intense sibling rivalry between George W. and Jeb Bush; divisions between father and son over the Iraq war; even Jeb Bush's plans to run for president in 2008. Never-before-seen private photos add even greater detail and depth to this fascinating family portrait.
And above all, we see George W. Bush the way his family does, as an intensely driven person who has a much more complex relationship with his father than has often been portrayed in the media. Family members talk about how he deals with the stresses of the war on terrorism, why he sees it as a "religious war," and how his personal faith influences what he says and does.
The Schweizers also delve into the Bushes' sensitive and secret business dealings, including their long history of involvement in the oil business. Their shrewd alliances with other American dynasties, including the Kennedys, Rockefellers, and Tafts, have all helped to quietly consolidate their power within the Republican Party.Indeed, what makes the Bushes so successful is that they function less like the great political families before them and more like a high-tech startup: free-flowing, pragmatic, and opportunistic. It is this distinction that assures them an enduring presence on the nation's political stage, making The Bushes essential reading for anyone who cares about America's future.
©2004 Peter Schweizer and Rochelle Schweizer; (P)2004 Books on Tape
"The book provides illuminating insights into the internal dynamics of the Bush family dynasty and the often intense rivalries among Bush men while charting the rightward evolution of the family's politicians." (The New York Times)
The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty is a book that got clearance from those mentioned that’s clear but the book does provide insight into a family has played a role in American public life for over 50 years. The authors make clear that what drives the family forward is loyalty and interpersonal relationships, this helps one understand statements and situations that may on the face of it may seem inexplicable that is the big takeaway here. While the book has bias, I would not put it on the level of hagiography
Robertson Dean kept my interest throughout and gave a solid performance
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