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Author: Kitty Kelley Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781415917565
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They have wielded enormous financial power and dominated world politics for more than half a century. They have been appointed to positions of great power and have been elected as governors, congressmen, senators and presidents. They have shaped our past and, with our country at war under the leadership of their number one son, they are, more critically than ever, shaping our future. As the Bush family has risen to dominance, so too they have been master orchestrators of their own public image, acting and operating under the shield of privacy their money and status have always afforded them. Until now. Number One bestselling author and investigative biographer Kitty Kelley has closely examined the lives of Jacqueline Onassis, Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra, and the British Royal family. Now the First Lady of unauthorized biography reckons with the first family of the United States—and the result is at once a rich and shocking history and a very human portrait of the world’s most powerful dynasty. An important work on wealth, power, and class in America, The Family is rich in texture, probing in its psychological insight, revealing in its political and financial detail, and stunning in the patterns that emerge and expose the Bush dynasty as it has never before been exposed. Ms. Kelley takes us back to the origins of the family fortune in the Ohio steel industry at the turn of the last century, through the oil deals and international business associations that have maintained and increased their wealth over the past hundred years. The book leads us through Prescott Bush’s first entrée into government at the state level in 1950s’ Connecticut, to George Herbert Walker Bush’s long and winding road to the White House, to his son’s quick sweep into the same office. Along the way, we see the complex relationships the Bushes have had with the giants of the century—Eisenhower, Nixon, Joseph McCarthy, Kissinger, Reagan, Clinton—as well as the often ruthless methods used to realize their goals. Perhaps most impressive—and surprising—is the way the book delves behind the obsessively protected public image into the family’s intimate private lives: the matriarchs, the mistresses, the marriages, the divorces, the jealousies, the hypocrisies, the golden children, and the black sheep. At a crucial point in American history, Kitty Kelley is the one person to finally tell all about the family that has, perhaps more than any other, defined our role in the modern world. This is the book the Bushes don’t want you to read. This is The Family. Download and start listening now!

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  • A #1 New York Times bestseller

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  • 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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. "

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.