the Inside Flap
They have wielded enormous financial power and dominated
world politics for more than half a century. They have been
appointed to positions of great power and have been elected
as governors, congressmen, senators and presidents. They
have shaped our past and, with our country at war under
the leadership of their number one son, they are, more critically
than ever, shaping our future.
the Bush family has risen to dominance, so too they have
been master orchestrators of their own public image, acting
and operating under the shield of privacy their money and
status have always afforded them. Until now.
One bestselling author and investigative biographer Kitty
Kelley has closely examined the lives of Jacqueline Onassis,
Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra, and the British Royal family.
Now the First Lady of unauthorized biography reckons with
the first family of the United States--and the result is
at once a rich and shocking history and a very human portrait
of the world's most powerful dynasty.
important polemic on wealth, power, and class in America,
The Family is rich in texture, probing in its psychological
insight, revealing in its political and financial detail,
and stunning in the patterns that emerge and expose the
Bush dynasty as it has never before been exposed. Ms. Kelley
takes us back to the origins of the family fortune in the
Ohio steel industry at the turn of the last century, through
the oil deals and international business associations that
have maintained and increased their wealth over the past
hundred years. The book leads us through Prescott Bush's
first entrée into government at the state level in
1950s' Connecticut, to George Herbert Walker Bush's long
and winding road to the White House, to his son's quick
sweep into the same office. Along the way, we see the complex
relationships the Bushes have had with the giants of the
century--Eisenhower, Nixon, Joseph McCarthy, Kissinger,
Reagan, Clinton--as well as the often ruthless methods used
to realize their goals.
most impressive--and surprising--is the way the book delves
behind the obsessively protected public image into the family's
intimate private lives: the matriarchs, the mistresses,
the marriages, the divorces, the jealousies, the hypocrisies,
the golden children, and the black sheep.
a crucial point in American history, Kitty Kelley is the
one person to finally tell all about the family that has,
perhaps more than any other, defined our role in the modern
world. This is the book the Bushes don't want you to read.
This is The Family.