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Family of Secrets by Russ Baker
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MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

This book is a whopper.

But not a whopper of a lie. It seems so meticulously researched and worded that much of its material is believable to an outsider such as myself.

In a nutshell, it alleges that the Bush dynasty and associates helped bring about both the JFK assassination and Richard Nixon's Watergate woes and his resignation.

The same cabal may also have surreptitiously affected other major events,including the superficial Warren Commission's investigation of the assassination, LBJ's presidency and Carter's failure to win reelection (by postponing a Iran rescue, which Carter seemed to have in the bag), and the radicalization of Muslim elements in the Middle East.

The cabal was supposedly motivated by members' private financial interests in the petro-military complex, disguised as national interest (aka patriotism).

The older, pre-Bush presidency info (either Bush) was the most interesting to me.

Once Baker gets into the rise of Dubya (aka 43), i think he gets more politicized.

Throughout, the author calls Bush 41 "Poppy," which is supposedly a family nickname. The name does help distinguish one George Bush from the other. However, it also connotes paternalism and condescension. So it becomes a description of the man's power, too. But "Poppy" also carries a familiarity and frivolity that makes it work as a put-down of 41 by the author.

I'd love to listen in while the Bushes talked over the book's contents. I don't anticipate any lawsuits alleging invasion of privacy or defamation, not only because the Bushes are public figures. They have nothing to gain by challenging the book's accuracy in court.

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