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The Fall of the House of Bush

The Untold Story of How a Gang of True Believers Hijacked America, Started the Iraq War, and Corrupted the Presidency

by Craig Unger

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Conventional wisdom has it that the Middle East crisis is the product of a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West. The Fall of the House of Bush will frame that conflict as part of an entirely different paradigm—namely, the ongoing war between faith and reason, between fundamentalisms (Islamic, Jewish and Christian) and the modern, scientific, post-Enlightenment world. It will tell the story of how radical, neoconservative ideologues secretly forged an alliance with the Christian Right in the presidency of George W. Bush, and, driven by delusional idealism, ideological and religious zeal, waged unilateral, preemptive war in the Middle East, not to mention a domestic war against reason, science, and civil liberties. In other words, it will make the case that irrational religious and ideological forces have taken control of U.S. policy and are part of the problem, not the solution.

To fully appreciate the catastrophic consequences of these policies, one cannot overlook the fact these are the last days during which the United States has secure access to diminishing supplies of Middle East oil. As a result, far from insuring our security, the Iraq War will be seen as a great strategic pivot point in history that is igniting a global oil war. It also means a foreign policy based in part on apocalyptic end-time scenarios embraced by tens of millions of right wing Christian evangelicals who have effectively taken over the Republican Party, and are explicitly calling for the end of the separation of Church and State. If the Bush administration expands the Middle East war with a massive bombing campaign against Iran, it may even mean the end of America’s global supremacy.

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"Unger succeeds in...detailing the business interests and personal friendships that evolved between the Bush family's inner circle and the Saudi elite.... [He] does an admirable job revealing how extensively the Bushes parlayed family connections into wealth and power, describing the too cozy interplay of public policy, political opportunity, and economic gain.... An impressive job." - The New York Times.

"Cautious and elemental...with great care [Unger] has synthesized these scattered reports into a narrative that is as chilling as it is gripping. The book builds a momentum of discovery that makes it impossible to stop reading." - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Revealing...This book should be mandatory reading for every member of any 9/11 investigation panel -- even the one appointed by the president.... Intensely researched and well-documented...illuminating, disturbing...skillfully packaged ...meticulously referenced." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"Unger fruitfully probes the ambiguous -- and fatally compromised -- Saudi-American relationship spanning two decades.... It's must-reading for anyone who wishes to understand the origins of 9/11 and America's precarious position in the world today." - The New York Observer.

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