House of Bush, House of Saud - The hidden relationship between the world's two most powerful dynasties (Relié)

Craig Unger

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  • Paru le : 01/01/2004
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In House of Bush, House of Saud, Craig Unger presents a controversial and meticulously researched narrative countering official US explanations of Islamic terrorism. Revealing how the fortunes and public policies of President George W. Bush, his father George H. W. Bush, and their associates, are connected with members of the ruling family of Saudi Arabia, Unger tells the politically explosive story of a thirty-year period of courtship, and how it fanned the rise of fundamentalist terrorism. Why did the Bush administration approve the secret airlift out of the U.S. of 140 Saudis, two days after 9/11 when American air traffic was all but shut down? Why were citizens of Saudi Arabia - a recognised hotbed for Islamic fundamentalism - given preferential visa-treatment when visiting the U.S.? Has the long-term relationship between the Bush family and the Saudis led them to compromise the fight against international terrorism? The answers lie in a relationship that began in the mid-1970s, when the oil-rich House of Saud set out for America in the wake of the OPEC oil embargo and soaring oil prices. Saudi Arabia needed American military protection and a place to invest its billions of petrodollars, and began prospecting among promising American politicians. With the Bushes, the Saudis bit a gusher: direct access to Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush, as well as to Secretary of State James Baker, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and the entire intelligence apparatus. What followed was an astonishing weave of influence, investment, and policy between the Bush family and the House of Saud that arcs straight into today's headlines. By the time George W. Bush was elected, the sum of at least $1.47 billion in investments and contracts from the Saudis had been channelled to the House of Bush in deals involving many companies - among them the Carlyle Group, an enormous, politically connected private equity firm which also has ties with British politicians. In addition, ignored at the time, a secret strategy to win the Muslim-American vote actually played a key role in helping Bush win the controversial election of 2000. The revelations in this troubling, authoritatively researched account place the September 11 attacks, the two Iraq Wars, and the ongoing bombings by Al-Qaeda, and recent revelations from members of the Bush administration, in a startling new context that makes compulsive reading on the nature of politics in the U.S.
  • Date de parution : 01/01/2004
  • Editeur : Gibson Square Books
  • ISBN : 1-903933-58-7
  • EAN : 9781903933589
  • Présentation : Relié
  • Nb. de pages : 356 pages
  • Poids : 0.71 Kg
  • Dimensions : 16,0 cm × 24,0 cm × 3,2 cm

Biographie de Craig Unger

In 1992, Craig Unger investigated the Bush role in the Iran-Contra scandal and "Iraqgate" for The New Yorker and in both of those cases he was struck by the remarkably close relationship between the Bushes and the Saudis. When the September 11 attacks took place, Unger saw a pattern that led him to the investigation in this book. Unger bas interviewed three former directors of the CIA, top Saudi and Israeli intelligence officials, and more than one hundred other sources. His access to major players is unparalleled, including executives at the Carlyle Group, the giant investment firm where the House of Bush and the House of Saud each has a major stake. A distinguished journalist, Unger was deputy editor of the New York Observer and editor-in-chief of Boston Magazine. He is frequently consulted as an analyst on terrorism, Saudi-American relations and the oil industry by CNN and other news broadcasters.

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