House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties (2nd edition)
by Craig Unger
AVAILABILITY: Active Record (Readily Available)
Publication Date: September 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Binding: Trade Paper
Topics: BUSH, GEORGE W. (GEORGE WALKER), 1946-; SAUDI ARABIA_POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT; SAUDI ARABIA_FOREIGN RELATIONS; SAUDI ARABIA_OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES; UNITED STATES_FOREIGN RELATIONS_SAUDI ARABIA
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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?
Review(s): "Craig Unger has done America and the world a huge favor by clearly and precisely documenting how the Bush inner circle is in the very deep pockets of the brutal Saudi dictators." - Michael Moore, Director of Fahrenheit 9/11
"Unger tells a story well and has a flair for describing the affinities...between rich Saudis and rich Americans." - Washington Post
"As chilling as it is gripping...impossible to stop reading." - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Revealing...Mandatory reading for every member of any 9/11 investigation panel — even the one appointed by the president...Intensely researched and well-documented...illuminating, disturbing." - Fort Worth Star Telegram
"Americans who want to understand an important aspect of what has gone wrong with the Bush 'War on Terrorism' must read Craig Unger's stunning investigative story." - Joe Conason, Salon.com columnist and author of 'Big Lies'