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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: Kitty Kelley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Murray | 2/19/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amatullah Richard | 2/17/2014

    " Excellent account of the Bush dynasty. The author uses sources to illustrate the degree to which family members feel entitled, use family connections to get what they want and get out of trouble, lie to the American public, demonstrate racism and sexism, and harbor dirty secrets about generations of drug and alcohol abuse. The book also demonstrates well the large role the Bush family played in the financial collapse of the American economy at the end of George W.'s reign. People should read this book to be aware of the ugly secrets of politicians and look out for such vapid, conscious-less people aiming for power and money. The family members like to present themselves as self made yet each generation has relied on family connections to achieve any degree of success and to get out of trouble. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daylynn Foster | 2/16/2014

    " Kitty is a crotchity bitch with an axe to grind! I read her book about Oprah, too! AWHH! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy | 2/1/2014

    " Well, this was pretty much trash. Since I listened to it on audio, I guess that it could be classified as "ear candy". In my defense, I needed a book to listen to while en route to Hilton Head that wouldn't distress my husband. So I stooped to his "Bush is an idiot" mentality and picked this up at the library. I will admit that he stayed awake and listened to it on the trip down I-95. Most of the book is a rehash of rumors about the Bush family that have circulated for years. But the information about George Bush's strained relationship with his father was revealing. Aha! The "can I ever make my father proud of me" syndrome. Know it well. This has been widely reported in the press, but you have to feel bad for George W. in his attempts to gain his parent's attention. It must have been horrible for him the evening that he won the governorship of Texas and his brother Jeb lost in Florida to have his father say publicly, "We're proud of George, but our heart is in Florida." Ouch! The other note here, is that it's not always a good thing to have the author read her own book. That voice of Kitty's! Yikes! Maybe Disney should consider her for the voice of one of their new female villans. I need to remember to be checked for scars on my eardrums when I get home. "

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