The Family

  • by Kitty Kelley
  • Narrated by Susan Denaker
  • 28 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of Nancy Reagan and His Way exposes all the secrets of the most powerful political dynasty in American history. From Ohio to Connecticut to Texas and to Washington, D.C., Bush men and women have made millions of dollars, dominated the U.S. government, and created a legacy unlike any other family. Prescott Bush was a two-time senator from Connecticut, working with Dwight D. Eisenhower. His son George H.W. was a congressman, the head of the Republican National Committee during Watergate, the head of the CIA, Vice President under Ronald Reagan and the 41st President of the United States. His son Jeb is governor of Florida and a future presidential candidate, while his eldest son, George W., is the 43rd President and possibly the most controversial one the U.S. has ever had. This is the story of how these men, backed by strong women, have risen to power.


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Deliciously trashy

Kitty Kelley's book is a chatty, trash talking look at the Bush family. It discusses George Prescott Bush who was a senator in the last half of the 50's and first part of the 60's. He was the father of George HW Bush and therefore the grandfather of the GW Bush. She points out that the family has a long history with Yale and the Skull and Bones Club; that Prescott and HW were pretty good students and that W was not -- and that W only got in because of his family legacy. She discusses the fact that the Bushes present themselves as a self made family, but that each generation has stood on the shoulders of the previous generation to get to the top. She points out some rumors, but tells you they are rumors. And the main point is that despite the public presentation, the family has some major cracks -- (and crack pots). One of the most interesting things she said was how difficult it was to get information on the Bushes; Apparently, its easier to find out stuff on the Royals than a family whose patriarch was head of the CIA. I enjoyed it; but I like peeking around the curtain to see who is working the machines. She got a little rough with Barbara Bush, but even with that, I felt that Ms. Kelley admired Mrs. Bush. If you are a big fan of the Bush family, you will think it scandalous; if you are not, you can enjoy it as a guilty pleasure.
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- Jody R. Nathan

Well Written and Balanced.

Excellent and well balanced! I find that Ms. Kelly has been careful to research and verify her material and appears to have done a very good job of reporting. Where the record is not clear, she appears to give both sides of the issue and is not afraid to state that there are questions on a particular point. I find the book to be insightful and feel I have gained in my understanding of the Bush family. I recommend this book to both those who support and those who oppose the Bushes.
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- George

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape