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The Fall of the House of Bush: How a Group of True Believers Put America on the Road to Armageddon

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The presidency of George W. Bush has led to the worst foreign policy decision in the history of the United States -- the bloody, unwinnable war in Iraq. How did this happen? Bush's fateful decision was rooted in events that began decades ago, and until now this story has never been fully told. From Craig Unger, the author of the bestseller "House of Bush, House of Saud," c ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 13th 2007 by Scribner (first published 2004)
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Oct 13, 2014 Paul marked it as assorted-rants-about-stuff

I don’t believe George Bush or Tony Blair lied about the Iraq War. In Britain that’s like saying you think Hitler had some good ideas on municipal development. It doesn’t win you any friends. But anyway, here’s how I think it went :

Bush : We need to find out about Iraq - what's Saddam up to? I think he wants to disequilibriate us. I know, we'll ask the CIA.

Top CIA guy : The Prez wants to know about Iraq. I know, we'll ask our agents in Iraq. Oh shit, we don't have any, Saddam killed them all. Ok
There've been many book written about the Bush Presidency, most written by people with open access to the Administration, so you hope you're getting facts and not biased opinions. Few offer glowing summaries, and this one is no different. However, this one, being one of the latter books, does a good job of summarizing the many issues associated with the Bush term, and give a better insight into the key players and behind the scenes power brokers than many of the others. The other thing I felt th ...more
Linda Merker
Note to my decent Republican and moderate Christian friends: the title of this book is perhaps a misnomer. If you just can't bear to read the last couple of chapters, which do outline the "fall" of Bush (the grim details of which are now daily available in the mainstream media anyway) just read the first part, which is actually about his "rise." What you will see -- meticulously researched and unequivocal -- is how ruthless neoconservative policy-makers and the Christian far-right fanatics who i ...more
Persephone Tanaka
I think any on the Christian Right, that believe Bush was --still after all the facts have come out, not even disputed on Fox News because the truth is George W. Bush, he knowingly lied about Iraq being connected in anyway to The War On Terror, had NO WMDs...But allowed his minions to say they did. to say he did. When the USA citizens found out like finding Bin Laden WASN'T A PRIORITY IN AFGHANISTAN... NOR WAS FINDING THE WMDs THAT W. BUSH KNEW BEFORE THE INVASION OF IRAQ....DID NOT EXIST CAUSE ...more
shireen H
this is a good book to read. it talks about the history of Christians in this country, notably evangelicals and how they persist in getting their guys in the government (Bush).
Quote: "The most powerful enemies of our modern, humanist post-Enlightenment world may not be militant Islamists more than an ocean away, but Christian fundamentalists and their neoconservative allies.."
A very interesting look inside the Bush Administration. It honestly gave me a new respect for the man behind the presidency.
Extremely detailed account. Provides the answers to the question - How did they do that?
Unger hit a home run with this book. Reads like a thriller!
the world is a creepy crazy place...
This book didn't particularly contain a new point of view or even facts that weren't widely available from other sources...I had been exposed to just about all of it, but yet felt as though I understood for the first time exactly how the United States got to this place at this time. The author synthesizes the information in such a way that it is infused with context and meaning. Most of us understand that the neoconservative movement is behind the Iraq War - this book provides the history of tha ...more
Very thorough background information on the history of the Middle East {He goes back to Abraham's covenent with God}Included are the rise of Islam, the role of Britain in the partition of the Ottoman empire after WW1, the history of Christain fundamentalismin the US since the 17th century, anti-Semitism vs,the Biblical book of Revelation, the rise ofradical Evangelicalism & its appeal to George W. Bush who ignored the policies of his father George H.W. Bush & followed the Neoconservative ...more
Steve Krueger
The detail and references make this book read more like an encyclopedia entry. I sometimes feel the author is pushing his view of his subject just a little, but mostly this is a highly factual (and supported) account of the neocon takeover of the Bush 43 administration, the replacing of objective intelligence gathering with cherry-picked intelligence to support the political position, and tensions with his father, Bush 41. There are over 1000 references cited plus a large number of footnotes. Th ...more
This was an interesting read and an excellent summary of my own views of the Iraq war and the bogus explanations used to start it. If you believe the Iraq war was justified, I suggest a thoughtful reading of this book as it articulates my views much more eloquently than I am capable.
Like a lot of people who have this and other books about the criminal bush presidency, preaching to the converted. The author has a lot of footnotes but sometimes leaves out more important ones. Which makes up wonder if some of the more important points are as supported as we would like.
Ik had nooit helemaal begrepen hoe en waarom Bush
aan de oorlog met Irak is begonnen.
Dit boek legt 't uit, vanaf het prille begin
(jeugd Bush, de christelijke fundamentalisten en
de neoconservatieven)
Jerrle Gericke
OK, so I'm a bit behind on my political reading...this is one superb book that will make you sick about the former administration....
Lisa Yee
Interesting, but could have been done in a long magazine article.
Thoroughly researched though heavily biased.
Made my blood pressure rise
It's scarier than I thought
i am afraid of unger's life
We are in trouble!
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Craig Unger is an American journalist and writer. His most recent book is The Fall of the House of Bush, about the internal feud in the Bush family and the rise and collusion of the neoconservative and Christian right in Republican party politics, viewing each group's weltanschauung and efforts concerning present and potential future US policy through a distinctly negative prism. His previous work ...more
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