American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush

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Penguin, Sep 7, 2004 - History - 416 pages
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The Bushes are the family nobody really knows, says Kevin Phillips. This popular lack of acquaintance—nurtured by gauzy imagery of Maine summer cottages, gray-haired national grandmothers, July Fourth sparklers, and cowboy boots—has let national politics create a dynasticized presidency that would have horrified America's founding fathers. They, after all, had led a revolution against a succession of royal Georges.

In this devastating book, onetime Republican strategist Phillips reveals how four generations of Bushes have ascended the ladder of national power since World War One, becoming entrenched within the American establishment—Yale, Wall Street, the Senate, the CIA, the vice presidency, and the presidency—through a recurrent flair for old-boy networking, national security involvement, and political deception. By uncovering relationships and connecting facts with new clarity, Phillips comes to a stunning conclusion: The Bush family has systematically used its financial and social empire—its "aristocracy"—to gain the White House, thereby subverting the very core of American democracy. In their ambition, the Bushes ultimately reinvented themselves with brilliant timing, twisting and turning from silver spoon Yankees to born-again evangelical Texans. As America—and the world—holds its breath for the 2004 presidential election, American Dynasty explains how it happened and what it all means.


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PART IFamily DynastyandRestoration
CHAPTER 1The NotQuiteRoyal Family
CHAPTER 2The Dynastization of America
CHAPTER 3The First American Restoration
PART IICrony Capitalism Covert OperationsandCompassionate Conservatism
CHAPTER 4Texanomics andCompassionate Conservatism
CHAPTER 7The American Presidency and theRise of the Religious Right
CHAPTER 8Indiana Bush and the Axis of Evil
CHAPTER 9The Wars of the Texas Succession
AFTERWORDMachiavelli and theAmerican Dynastic Moment
APPENDIX AArmaments and the WalkerBush Family 191440
APPENDIX BDeception Dissimulation and Disinformation

CHAPTER 5The EnronHalliburton Administration
The Bush Dynasty and the National Security State
PART IIIReligion Oil ArmamentsandWar

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Kevin Phillips has been a political and economic commentator for more than three decades. A former White House strategist, he is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and NPR and writes for Harper’s and Time. His books include New York Times bestsellers The Politics of Rich and Poor and Wealth and Democracy.

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