The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty

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Written By: Rochelle Schweizer, Peter Schweizer

Narrated By: Harry Chase

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: April 2004

Duration: 5 hours 52 minutes


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, George W.'s turbulent youth, and Jeb's likely run for the presidency in 2008.
In this first full-scale biography, Peter and Rochelle Schweizer insightfully explore the secrets of the Bushes' rise from obscurity to unprecedented influence. The family's free-flowing, pragmatic, and opportunistic style consciously distinguishes them from previous political dynasties; they consider themselves the "un-Kennedys." But with their abiding emphasis on loyalty and networking, the Bushes' continuing success seems assured-making this book essential reading for anyone who cares about America's future.


  • Mary Moore

    We got this book for our 90 year old mother who is a big Bush fan and she was upset by the negative perspectives in this book.

  • Christina Barnes

    I'm already a fan of the Bush politics, so I'm glad to have more knowledge about 5 generations of this incredibly powerful family. The content is interesting, and seems like it came from several in depth interveiws with many of the family members. The book isn't necessarily political, and didn't really sway my feelings for any of the family members either way, except perhaps for Barbara. The only draw back is that this book is a semi-biography, and not independent history, and therefore situations are seen through the Bush perspective....I'm sure some of the left-leaning citizens may not enjoy it much. The book itself is well written. Only a few times did I find myself confused...either the author jumped between time frames, or the CD skipped a little, I'm still not sure which.

  • Anonymous

    I'm a Republican, so this insight on the Bush family was delightful. They are definitely not perfect, but are lovable all the same. I learned alot about this dynasty and their role on American history.

  • Daniel Wainwright

    I really enjoyed reading this book and learned alot about the early Bush/Walker families and how they got to prominence. From this book, it makes you want to read separate biographies about George, Dub-Ya, Barbara and Jeb. There was almost too much information in this book and it did not have the opportunity to go into depth. But, I learned a lot about this family. A good interesting read.

  • Lois Olson

    I had little knowledge of the history of the Bush family before listening to this book. I was impressed with the sense of family unity they not only have but continue to cultivate. Being a high profile family full of strong minded people cannot be easy to be a part of yet there seems to be a balance of dedication to family ideals and the fostering of individualism. I now see the Bush family with a little more understanding for who they are as people not just piblic figures.

  • Teresa Ramirez

    This book is worth listening to it. It allows the reader to gain a more insightful view of the first family. Quite interesting and made my drives to and from work seem a lot shorter. After finishing the book, I must admit that I came away with a better respect for the Bushes.