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House of Bush, House of Saud

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Craig Unger

Narrated By: James Naughton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: March 2004

Duration: 6 hours 18 minutes

Summary:

Newsbreaking and controversial -- an award-winning investigative journalist uncovers the thirty-year relationship between the Bush family and the House of Saud and explains its impact on American foreign policy, business, and national security.

House of Bush, House of Saud begins with a politically explosive question: How is it that two days after 9/11, when U.S. air traffic was tightly restricted, 140 Saudis, many immediate kin to Osama Bin Laden, were permitted to leave the country without being questioned by U.S. intelligence?

The answer lies in a hidden relationship that began in the 1970s, when the oil-rich House of Saud began courting American politicians in a bid for military protection, influence, and investment opportunity. With the Bush family, the Saudis hit a gusher -- direct access to presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. To trace the amazing weave of Saud-Bush connections, Unger interviewed three former directors of the CIA, top Saudi and Israeli intelligence officials, and more than one hundred other sources.His access to major players is unparalleled and often exclusive -- including executives at the Carlyle Group, the giant investment firm where the House of Bush and the House of Saud each has a major stake.

Like Bob Woodward's The Veil, Unger's House of Bush, House of Saud features unprecedented reportage; like Michael Moore's Dude, Where's My Country? Unger's book offers a political counter-narrative to official explanations; this deeply sourced account has already been cited by Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer, and sets 9/11, the two Gulf Wars, and the ongoing Middle East crisis in a new context: What really happened when America's most powerful political family became seduced by its Saudi counterparts?

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  • Landon Shaw

    Thoroughly enjoyed. Quite eye-opening and happy to have come across it.

  • Mandi Chestler

    Oh what a tangled web we weave, when the Bush dynasty decides to decieve! I know George Bush likes to say "you're either for us, or against us", but who's side is this guy on anyway? Unger does alot of research to answer this question. The Bush family is so in bed with the oil-rich Saudis, you really have to wonder. If Congress ever decides to seriously investigate Bush actions before and after 9/11, House of Bush may turn into a house of cards. This book is a must-read before anyone casts their votes in the upcoming elections.

  • Tom D.

    While I am almost done listening to this book, I can already say it is by far the best book I have listened to . Clear,concise, it keeps your attention . It is a story that keeps moving and facts are presented well. I definitely will be listening to this book a second time. I keep stating the same issue after each book that I have listend to concerning the Bush administration. Where is the media..the "fair and balanced" new stories that would bring facts like these to the population? Without honest media we are not a democracy but given propaganda to mold public opinion any way the administration and the "paid" media wants us to think. I feel so sorry for the families that are losing their children to this war..but we have been there before..it was called Vietnam. As the adage goes...if one does not learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. Simply Audiobooks gives people the opportunity to listen to books and get the facts.In my car alot like so many people I am sure...

  • Michael Scott

    Frightening read. It continues to amaze me that this administration continues to get away with so much that others would be prosecuted for. Until the press stops being cowed by this current administration, they will continue to get away with anything they choose. This book is quite an eye opener, and will make you think.

  • Lee Werley

    The only problem I had with this is that I have alot less respect for the Bush family. I was already scraping the bottom with him anyway. I think the word is finally getting out about just how bad these people have been. IT IS ABOUT TIME. Great job on this book.

  • Hank Grebe

    Fascinating background to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, with plenty of references to date, time and sources of information. Highly revealing details about little known power brokers influencing American history. This book goes well beyond the documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11", which appears to have used "House of Bush, House of Saud" for much of its blueprint. Thought provoking, yet enjoyable.

  • Anonymous

    This book could have been more objective but nevertheless it was very interesting and thought provoking.

  • Katrina Blom

    A must read book. Well researched and well written.

  • Mary Schweitzer

    Excellent. Very thought provoking. I wish more of this information would be published in the mainstream media so that the general public could be more educated.