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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kitty Kelley Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781415917565
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From the First Lady of unauthorized, tell-all biography, this is the first real inside-look at the most powerful—and secretive—family in the world. From Senator Prescott Bush’s alcoholism, to his son George Herbert Walker Bush’s infidelities, to George Walker Bush’s religious conversion, shady financial deals, and military manipulations, Kitty Kelley captures the portrait of a family that has whitewashed its own story almost out of existence.

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Quotes & Awards

  • This is a story of power, sex and betrayal--but mostly of power. The New York Times Book Review
  • A thoroughly researched piece of work. Ms. Kelley clearly devoured and digested the extant literature on the family. The New York Times
  • Kelley's account of the rise and fall of the Bush family is both inspirational and cautionary. She convincingly shows that good looks, energy, athleticism, ambition, felicitous marriages and social networking can compensate for intellectual ordinariness. The Washington Post Book World
  • The Family . . . has left few stones unturned. . . . Kelley has brought new information to bear on a family that, for better or worse, deserves her kind of royal treatment. The New York Times Book Review
  • A sweeping indictment of the mind-set of the [Bush] family, that they grew up feeling that this was their due. Garry Trudeau, The Charlie Rose Show
  • Despite the best efforts of the media, the public is gaining insight into their president as the facts leak out and as Kitty Kelley's The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, tops the sales chart. Newsday
  • Kelley nails the evidence and, although the secretive Bush family will not like it, demonstrates beyond doubt what the American press dared not print. The Guardian
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 2/9/2014

    " Some interesting things, but not well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/6/2014

    " In the middle of this one. If has it's slow moments and it can be hard to keep the family tree straight when you're reading it but it's fairly entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine | 2/3/2014

    " Her entire purpose seemed to humiliate and ridicule rather than reveal and inquire...she's a small-minded, cheezy, hack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/9/2013

    " Ok, I've never read anything by Kitty Kelley before and I was intrigued to see if it is all that it is cracked up to be. Yes, ultimately I liked it; but in truth, I wanted MORE DIRT! I thought it would be really scandalous (and of course from the Bush family perspective it was) but I wanted MORE! There were some very interesting tid-bits that I never knew (especially about Bush 41's love life) but it wasn't all that exciting in the end. My other criticism was that she spent A LOT of time on Prescott Bush, less time on Bush 41 and even less on W. Oh well. It was still worth the read, and I look forward to reading some of her other books (on the Royal family, Frank Sinatra, Oprah, etc) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 peg | 11/27/2013

    " Kitty Kelly's unauthorized autobiographies are my guilty pleasures, at least until the new season of Desperate Housewives begins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudyg | 4/29/2013

    " Reading this I got a different perspective of Barbara. Not a good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coleen Wybranski | 2/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading about Prescott Bush, the father of George Bush the elder. Once that period finished, though, it was a pretty boring read. I finished it only out of spite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 HEA Book Shelf | 8/25/2012

    " really enjoyed reading it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eryn | 7/13/2012

    " Reading a Kitty Kelley book is very similar to reading something by Jackie Collins. All in all, an interesting read and if facts are indeed true, very alamaring to learn the sordid details of the Bush family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luckngrace | 6/5/2012

    " Although many segments of this attempt at Bush family history-telling ring true, I felt throughout that Ms Kelley hates the Bushes through and through. For that reason, I cannot trust her "spin" or place faith in her interpretation of fact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murray | 3/25/2012

    " I admit I have not read this cover to cover - but even dipping in and out has left an oily feeling; an uncomfortable family that has had much too much power for our own good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jai | 3/7/2012

    " Way too biased and not politically substantive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Evans | 10/9/2011

    " Because it's Kitty Kelley you never know what is fact or fiction but, if it's all true, than the Bush family is fucked up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Stock | 4/13/2011

    " I learned so much about the Bush family from this book! I feel I now understand a lot more about the Bush presidents than I did. Sometimes it helps to understand. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 9/22/2010

    " If you want to know the real story of the Bushes, read this! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luckngrace | 8/7/2010

    " Although many segments of this attempt at Bush family history-telling ring true, I felt throughout that Ms Kelley hates the Bushes through and through. For that reason, I cannot trust her "spin" or place faith in her interpretation of fact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 columbialion | 1/16/2010

    " Undocumented but credible and disturbing story of the warped family history of the Bush family. A primer on how NOT to raise your children under perverted "family values" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ardy Marie | 8/20/2009

    " This proves my point, all politicians whether republican/democrat are just evil and always have their own agenda and not the Americans.

    Glad I'm boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murray | 4/27/2009

    " I admit I have not read this cover to cover - but even dipping in and out has left an oily feeling; an uncomfortable family that has had much too much power for our own good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine | 3/29/2009

    " Her entire purpose seemed to humiliate and ridicule rather than reveal and inquire...she's a small-minded, cheezy, hack. "

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About the Narrator

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.