The family : the real story of the Bush dynasty

by Kelley, Kitty.

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 11 of 11 copies
Available (11)
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Brentwood Library Biography 92 Bush
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  92 Bush
Bridgeville Public Library Biography 920 KEL
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  920 KEL
Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 920 Kell
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  920 Kell
Clairton Public Library Biography B B978k
Location  Clairton Public Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  B B978k
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Non Fiction 920 BUSH
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  920 BUSH
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Biography 920 BUS
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  920 BUS
Pine Center Branch Nonfiction 920 BUSH
Location  Pine Center Branch
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  920 BUSH
Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 92 BUSH Family
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  92 BUSH Family
Plum Community Library Adult Non-Fiction 920 KEL
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Adult Non-Fiction
Call Number  920 KEL
Sewickley Public Library Biography B BUSH 2004
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  B BUSH 2004
Upper St. Clair Township Library Biography & Memoir 92 BUSH Family
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Biography & Memoir
Call Number  92 BUSH Family
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. As 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. Number 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. An important work on wealth, power, and class in America,The Familyis 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. Perhaps 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. At 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 isThe Family.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Anyone who has ever read Kitty Kelley knows what to expect: a dishy story, poorly sourced, but with a definite point of view. No surprises here. Kelley's premise is that the Bush clan has succeeded in portraying themselves as an all-American family when they are actually snooty, snotty, vindictive, and petty (dishy enough?). In making her point, Kelley provides a wealth of anecdotes, most from secondary sources, some from anonymous sources, and a few from people brave enough to admit they don't like the Bushes. Most of the book, surprisingly, focuses not on George W. Bush but on his parents--with plenty of attention also given to George H. W.'s parents, Senator Prescott Bush and his wife, Dorothy. The most explosive of the charges (drug use by both Laura and George W.) already has received plenty of play in the press (no advance galleys were distributed for this book), but none of the reviews thus far have bothered to notice that Kelley does the most damage with a thousand smaller but more telling cuts--everything from George W.'s foul mouth to Barbara's abrasiveness (her sons apparently call her the nutcracker ) to Laura's obliviousness. The book is compulsively readable, although if one pauses for breath, it's quickly apparent that Kelley is no stylist: she jumps from one subject to another with sentences that lack even a hint of connective tissue. Moreover, even the identified quotes are impossible to trace because, for each chapter, Kelley only offers a massive list of books and magazines. The book ends abruptly, too, as if the author couldn't write one more insulting word about the Bushes. Even Bush haters should stick with Schweizer's The Bushes: A Portrait of a Dynasty BKL F 1 04, a much better and more solidly sourced book. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Although hardly the most authoritative or the most carefully written, Kelley?s history of the Bush family nonetheless ranks among the most important books of the 2004 political season. A large part of Kelley?s influence comes, of course, from the success of her previous celebrity biographies, among them Jackie Oh!, The Royals and Elizabeth Taylor. But another part comes from her willingness to commit rumors to paper?in other words, to share DC cocktail-party gossip with the masses. Her book will come under a lot of fire for this practice, and with some reason. Many of her most incendiary comments?that Laura Bush was once a ?go-to girl for dime bags,? that George W. Bush snorted cocaine at Camp David?do appear to be poorly sourced. And as the book progresses from the 1860s to the 2000s, her moderate tone often rises with vividly expressed disgust and indignation. But readers who take Kelley?s dishy allegations with a grain of salt will still find plenty of hard evidence to support her portrayal of the Bush family?s political opportunism, economic privilege and shrewd flip-flopping. Case in point: when George H.W. Bush was chosen as Reagan?s running mate in 1980, he suddenly ?dropped his support of the Equal Rights Amendment [and] vehemently changed his position on abortion.? Kelley also takes shots at Democrats Edward Kennedy, Lloyd Bentsen and Lyndon Johnson, and generally laments what she sees as the Republican Party?s turn to the far right. But, overall, her real issues appear to be the same as in her previous books: the abuse of power, the adoption of a false public image, the secreting away of sexual and pharmaceutical peccadilloes. With its focus on these juicy issues, and its occasional nuggets of serious political history, Kelley?s book is sure to gratify her many fans. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Bush family.
Bush, Prescott Sheldon, -- 1895-1972.
Bush, George, -- 1924-2018
Bush, George W. -- (George Walker), -- 1946-
Bush, Jeb.
Politicians -- United States -- Biography.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Children of presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Governors -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Doubleday,2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xxviii, 705 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [635]- 673) and index.
ISBN 0385503245
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