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Based on hours of unprecedented interviews with members of the Bush family, The Bushes" "tells the inside story of the unique dynasty at the heart of American power.
As well as laying out the secretive family's inner workings, this intimate and fascinating group portrait probes into such sensitive matters as their dealings in the oil business, GeorgeW.'s turbulent youth, a...more
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Published January 4th 2005 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (first published April 6th 2004)
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K.D. Absolutely
The author described the Bush family as the "the most successful political dynasty in American history."bushI read this book because of the word "dynasty." The Philippines used to be a colony of the United States so even our constitution was based on the U.S. Constitution. Hence, now and then, we have been seeing our own political dynasties. We still do not have a dynasty as big as that of the Bush's: two presidents (father & son) with one of them also served as vice president, two governors, tw...more
this was a great book (CD). It showed me some insights about the Bush family that I didn't know about. For instance, I didn't know they were part of Haliburton. I always thought that was only Dick Cheney's involvement only. Well no wonder the crooked contracts...

Otherwise, the book was a good read and I enjoyed it very much.
The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty, written by Peter and Rochelle Schweizer, is not so much about the Bush presidents as it is about the remarkable family that spawned them. Starting at the turn of the century with the stories of Samuel P. Bush and George Herbert Walker, the authors chronicle the rise of the Bush family that almost mirrors the American story of the 20th Century. The patriarchs of the Bush and Walker families worked very hard to make their fortunes, but in very different ways. SP...more
This dealt with allot of Bushes, Pres, George H., George W., Jeb, Neil, their wives, and so on. Although it was very informative of their family lives, it didn't speak much of their presidencies or other offices. It also had language which if it wasn't historical I would of stopped reading it. But it did talk allot of general things about the bushes. So if your looking for a book about the family of the bushes this is the right book. If your looking for a book about their politics, I would look...more
Todd Sherman
The family is treated with white gloves by the authors as there is very little negative about the family. However, the book does give the reader a well written history of the families ties to American politics and their relationships within the family and political powerhouses, like the Reagans.

If you are looking for an easy read in the evening give this book a read. If you are looking for detailed history of the Bushes both their contributions and mistakes then I would skip this book.
This book took me forever to read, partially because of it's length, and partially because it's not something I wanted to just sit down and read straight through. I needed breaks from it. It was however, a really fascinating look at the Bush family in American life, business, and politics--going all the way back to 1880. WOW! It was a frank look, without much political bias--very biographically straight-forward.
Debbie and I listened to this 12 CD edition. Once started it was hard to stop listening to the book until we were done. It was very informative and shed light on President George Bush's character and actions that are not so objectively shed to the public through the media sources.
Listened to this as a book on tape. Gives real insight into the whole "dynasty" idea. I hadn't, but probably should have, realized how very entwined so many of our US political players are.
Daniel Meltzer
Apparently George and Laura met at a BBQ. Also, they had fake palm trees at the apartment complex where GWB lived as a young bachelor. All kinds of interesting facts!
Brian Niskala
Good read, give you a great back ground on how the Bushes came to power in America. Lots of behind the scenes stuff that would surprise you.
Nearly done reading portrait. Good coverage, shows warts but isn't raw. I wonder if brutal info missing in exchange for first-person interviews.
Chris Mcmanaman
It was a good high level survey of all the events in the Bush family history and how they would like to be portrayed in history.
Jung Lee
Our Prez was a C student and a party animal in college.
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PETER SCHWEIZER is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. From 2008-9 he served as a consultant to the White House Office of Presidential Speechwriting and he is a former consultant to NBC News. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Review, Foreign Affairs, and elsewhere. His books include The Bushes, Reagan's...more
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