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The best-selling author of Nancy Reagan and His Way exposes all the secrets of the most powerful political dynasty in American history. From Ohio to Connecticut to Texas and to Washington, D.C., Bush men and women have made millions of dollars, dominated the U.S. government, and created a legacy unlike any other family.

Prescott Bush was a two-time senator from Connecticut, working with Dwight D. Eisenhower. His son George H.W. was a congressman, the head of the Republican National Committee during Watergate, the head of the CIA, Vice President under Ronald Reagan and the 41st President of the United States. His son Jeb is governor of Florida and a future presidential candidate, while his eldest son, George W., is the 43rd President and possibly the most controversial one the U.S. has ever had. This is the story of how these men, backed by strong women, have risen to power.

©2004 Kitty Kelley (P)2004 Books on Tape

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    5 out of 5 stars

Deliciously trashy

Kitty Kelley's book is a chatty, trash talking look at the Bush family. It discusses George Prescott Bush who was a senator in the last half of the 50's and first part of the 60's. He was the father of George HW Bush and therefore the grandfather of the GW Bush. She points out that the family has a long history with Yale and the Skull and Bones Club; that Prescott and HW were pretty good students and that W was not -- and that W only got in because of his family legacy. She discusses the fact that the Bushes present themselves as a self made family, but that each generation has stood on the shoulders of the previous generation to get to the top. She points out some rumors, but tells you they are rumors. And the main point is that despite the public presentation, the family has some major cracks -- (and crack pots). One of the most interesting things she said was how difficult it was to get information on the Bushes; Apparently, its easier to find out stuff on the Royals than a family whose patriarch was head of the CIA. I enjoyed it; but I like peeking around the curtain to see who is working the machines. She got a little rough with Barbara Bush, but even with that, I felt that Ms. Kelley admired Mrs. Bush. If you are a big fan of the Bush family, you will think it scandalous; if you are not, you can enjoy it as a guilty pleasure.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • George
  • Bryan, OH, USA
  • 09-16-04

Well Written and Balanced.

Excellent and well balanced! I find that Ms. Kelly has been careful to research and verify her material and appears to have done a very good job of reporting. Where the record is not clear, she appears to give both sides of the issue and is not afraid to state that there are questions on a particular point. I find the book to be insightful and feel I have gained in my understanding of the Bush family. I recommend this book to both those who support and those who oppose the Bushes.

32 of 41 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Fun, if not gospel

Well, in reviewing this book I'm really torn. On one hand I think that Kitty Kelly is, as always, superbly entertaining, and I think she's probably fairly accurate in her reporting. However, the number of anonymous sources and near-gossip makes this book fall short of something that will be able to convince most "fence-sitters". It's a pity, because much of what she writes about is very convincing, wildly entertaining, and doutbless to the chagrin of the bushes, very embarressing.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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First Audiobook that I just could not finish.

I have been getting 2 audio books per month for about a year and a half now and in that time, this would be the FIRST book that I just could not finish I even finished. I really gave this one a fair shot. Listened for about 7 hours and now all I want is that part of my life back. I have not had any prior experience with Kitty Kelly's writings but I can be quite certain I will not waste a book credit on her work again. Very one sided and worse than that...it was mind-numbingly boring! I could really care less that $180,000 in 1908 now equals 1 million, eight hundred fifty thousand, two hundred forty three dollars and some change in 2004 (I know it's not accurate but you get the gist)....WHO CARES!!! Also, when she read the list of ALL of the Walker/Bush relatives that attended Yale....my god, I almost steered my car off the road out of sheer boredom. I found no entertainment value whatsoever in this book and little or no useful information.
I was trying to get a different, informed point of view before election time but apparently this was not the book for that purpose.
I am going to go and try to resuscitate my mp3 player now...I imagine it thinks it did something wrong to deserve that kind of boredom.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Fact-filled biography hard to put down...

My wife had no clue when she bought this book for me that it would change my vote. After the 2nd chapter, I was glued to the book. How could these things be true about our President? I listened to the entire book in less than two days. I am now getting the hardback to share with my conservative friends. How could I be so stupid to back a President that used cocaine at Camp David? There are more than 100 unique facts that if any one is true, I'm happy to vote for anyone but Bush.

23 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous book!

Very well researched and supported! No wonder the Bushs weren't thrilled.... the truth sometimes hurts! Makes me even more concerned about the upcoming elections and the outcome. This world could become a whole lot scarier with Bush in office another four years!

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

KITTY KELLEY AT HER BEST

A wonderful and lively book full of interesting facts based four years of interviews and research. Ms Kelly is a very intelligent under-rated biographer. She has her own points of view which she bravely defends. A great read (or should I say listen to).

9 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Worthwhile to understand Bush Dynasty

Good story telling - gives enough detail without being boring. This book has a good back ground on the history of the Bush family

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Kitty Kelley nailed it

If you could sum up The Family in three words, what would they be?

George Bush and Son are crooks

Any additional comments?

I found the book depressing. To see this family use their position for money, and power. They never seem to think about how they can make this country better. It was all about them and there wallet.

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  • Andrew
  • Ventura, CA, USA
  • 10-24-04

Great

Kelley writes with amazing clarity and fact based reporting. She is exact in her research and is quite firm. She does not write to insult the Bush family, but rather to get the facts out there.

Insightful listen.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful