Why did the Bush administration approve the secret airlift of 140 Saudis, including two dozen relatives of Osama bin Laden, just after September 11? Did one of the Saudi royals on the planes have any advance knowledge of the attacks?
What specifically chosen words did George W. Bush say on national television during the 2000 election campaign to trigger Muslim support? How did Saudi-funded Islamic groups propel Bush to victory in Florida, thus winning him the presidency?
The answers to these questions lie in a largely hidden relationship between the House of Bush and the House of Saud that began in the mid-1970s. An amazing weave of money, power, and influence, it takes place all over the globe and involves war, covert operations, and huge deals in oil and defense industries. But, most horrifyingly of all, the secret liasion between these two great families helped trigger the Age of Terror and give rise to the tragedy of 9-11.
©2004 Craig Unger; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster, Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
This would be a great audiobook if it were unabridged. The fact is that this sort of work of nonfiction leaves you wondering about and wishing for what must have been on the cutting room floor. Too bad a book that is getting national attention (cnn, etc) is offered only in abridged format here.
I've read the unabridged version which offered the detail(s) that this subject deserves. Why oh why do an unabridged version? This is a story that needs to be told in the authors' complete version. If you have the time read the book. Too much was left out.
This is my first audiobook review. I've had good experience so far with other titles, but this title really got me jazzed. I'm definitely going to pick up the book so I can find out the full, unabridged version of the story. Michael Moore's 9/11 covers about 10% of the stuff that's in this book. I still can't believe some of this stuff. If it was the 60's there'd have to be some serious protesting/public outrage at what is going on in the upper echelons of the US government.
Review wise, the last two thirds really pick up and the dude's voice is awesome. I'll definitely be listening to this one a few more times.
Incredible account of what happened within the Bush family over many generations. The relationship between Bush and Saud is criminal and it is my hope that someday they will be prosecuted for what they did.
This is the best of the books about bush and the wars. The depth of research is impressive. The facts that F 911 is based on. The author was interviewed in the movie. This book explains a lot of facts which are widely known and accepted by both left and right but whose context is missing, like the Saudi escape planes. Much better than bob Woodward?s plodding prose, this is an easy listen. Instead of a litany of bush's stupidity this book explains the history and motivation of the political policies of the bush presidency, complete with personal details. Understand the criminal sale of this countrys presidency to the Saudi slush fund to the detriment of both the us and the Saudis.
In depth storyline of the elder George Bush and his financial arrangements with the Saud family. Shows the full color of Bush's "money over patriotism" mentality.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
An incredibly disturbing portrait of our current President's and former President?s tangled relationship with the families who harbor terrorists.
It is astonishing that such a compromising political situation exits in America. It is perhaps even more shocking that both big media and we the people have let this uncomfortable relationship go unquestioned.
As one would expect, his book sheds a lot of light on the ?War on Terror?, both wars in Iraq and the finances of the USA.
This is a must read for all Americans before voting on November 2.
Unfortunately, I did not know nearly enough about George W. Bush when I voted for him in 2000. I hoped he would be different from his father (George H. W. Bush) as he claimed to be a Christian believer. Few, if any on the political right wrote anything in-depth like Unger, about George W. Bush and his father's lucrative business dealings with the Saudis. Not to my knowledge. My fellow conservatives and Republicans closed ranks around Bush even though we knew many things he was saying and doing were amiss.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, I wondered why, only days after the attacks, Bush unveiled a vision for another Muslim state in the Middle East; this one in Israel's strategic heartland. Unger relates that in late August 2001, just before the 9/11 attacks, Bush bowed to (then) Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah's brinkmanship on Israel. In keeping with a pledge he made to Abdullah, Bush became the first American president to make a Muslim (enemy) state in Israel a "formal goal of US policy." Little doubt Bush knew this newly created state would be dedicated to Israel's destruction. If he did not know it, he had no business being president of the most powerful nation in the world.
Post 9/11, I sought out and read honest / objective authors on Islam, its history and its teachings; the life and the example of the prophet Muhammad, etc. Why was Bush telling the public these untrue things about Islam and its mandate to wage jihad (holy war) on unbelievers? Why did Bush say the "terrorists" were traitors to their faith? Why was Bush doing his utmost to protect the Saudis who as Craig Unger, Robert Baer ("Sleeping With The Devil") and others reveal, have been and are up to their necks financing and supporting international terrorism; even the late Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda? Unger goes a long way exposing this long term, secret relationship between the these two families / dynasties.
Normally, I try to find something in the book that makes it not eligible for a 5 stars rating because nothing is perfect. Most of the time there's is something in the book that takes away that 5th star. This book is not one of those.
It's full of information, told in away that keeps you anticipating as if it's a drama, and most importantly all these information and story lines are backed by references to sources including books, congressional records, declassified memos and reports.
It might be a little difficult for someone who have no prior knowledge on the topic to keep up with all the characters and the names. It's especially difficult because most names are in Arabic and English and if you don't know one of the two languages, then half of the names are difficult to keep up with. However that is a minor issue comparing to the amount of information provided in the book.
This book is totally worth it.
I believe the information in this book to be truthful. I think the word should be spread about the corruptness that has gone on. Anyone who thinks the Iraq War is not about Oil should give this book a good listen. It's appalling. I hope the Obama administration investigates Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld for all of thier lies and corruption.
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