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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
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Paul Bryant
Dec 16, 2010 marked it as to-not-read-ever

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
Joseph Stieb
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: iraq
This is kind of an odd book even though I largely enjoyed it. It's a journalistic account of the Bush administration that sort of treats the Bush family as a tragic hero (or villain?) in American politics. Unger's argument is that Bush II brought together two key strains in American political thought that made him the perfect candidate for launching a crusade-like enterprise overseas. The first strain is evangelical Christianity, which brought to American politics a stark good v evil mentality, ...more
May 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Unger hit a home run with this book. Reads like a thriller!
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, non-fiction
Extremely detailed account. Provides the answers to the question - How did they do that?
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very interesting look inside the Bush Administration. It honestly gave me a new respect for the man behind the presidency.
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
the world is a creepy crazy place...
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: us-middle-east
Listened to the abridged CD audio book version. Confirmed what I have felt for some 15 years now - George Bush destroyed our nation's bright future with his invasion of IRAQ.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 07, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jan 26, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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)
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book concentrated more on the rise of the house of Bush. It also spent many chapters talking about the religious aspects that drove Bush to go to war. It talked about faulty intelligence more and kept going back to the Bush 41's administration.
Ashabaheebwa Timothy
Interesting how a section of a political party could drag its nation into a war even when the intelligence services knew the information used as a basis was a lie. And Jeb Bush's presidential ambitions were spoilt a great deal
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 25, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Thoroughly researched though heavily biased.
Jerrle Gericke
Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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....
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Made my blood pressure rise
Jul 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
It's scarier than I thought
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i am afraid of unger's life
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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