House of Bush, House of Saud

Version: Abridged
Author: Craig Unger
Narrator: James Naughton
Genres: Politics
Publisher: Audioworks
Published In: March 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Overview

Newsbreaking and controversial -- an award-winning investigative journalist uncovers the thirty-year relationship between the Bush family and the House of Saud and explains its impact on American foreign policy, business, and national security.

House of Bush, House of Saud begins with a politically explosive question: How is it that two days after 9/11, when U.S. air traffic was tightly restricted, 140 Saudis, many immediate kin to Osama Bin Laden, were permitted to leave the country without being questioned by U.S. intelligence?

The answer lies in a hidden relationship that began in the 1970s, when the oil-rich House of Saud began courting American politicians in a bid for military protection, influence, and investment opportunity. With the Bush family, the Saudis hit a gusher -- direct access to presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. To trace the amazing weave of Saud-Bush connections, Unger 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 and often exclusive -- 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.

Like Bob Woodward's The Veil, Unger's House of Bush, House of Saud features unprecedented reportage; like Michael Moore's Dude, Where's My Country? Unger's book offers a political counter-narrative to official explanations; this deeply sourced account has already been cited by Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer, and sets 9/11, the two Gulf Wars, and the ongoing Middle East crisis in a new context: What really happened when America's most powerful political family became seduced by its Saudi counterparts?

Reviews (9)

Written by Landon Shaw on July 30th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Thoroughly enjoyed. Quite eye-opening and happy to have come across it.

House of Cards

Written by Mandi Chestler on August 15th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when the Bush dynasty decides to decieve! I know George Bush likes to say "you're either for us, or against us", but who's side is this guy on anyway? Unger does alot of research to answer this question. The Bush family is so in bed with the oil-rich Saudis, you really have to wonder. If Congress ever decides to seriously investigate Bush actions before and after 9/11, House of Bush may turn into a house of cards. This book is a must-read before anyone casts their votes in the upcoming elections.

House of Bush, House of Saud

Written by Tom D. on March 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

While I am almost done listening to this book, I can already say it is by far the best book I have listened to . Clear,concise, it keeps your attention . It is a story that keeps moving and facts are presented well. I definitely will be listening to this book a second time. I keep stating the same issue after each book that I have listend to concerning the Bush administration. Where is the media..the "fair and balanced" new stories that would bring facts like these to the population? Without honest media we are not a democracy but given propaganda to mold public opinion any way the administration and the "paid" media wants us to think. I feel so sorry for the families that are losing their children to this war..but we have been there before..it was called Vietnam. As the adage goes...if one does not learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. Simply Audiobooks gives people the opportunity to listen to books and get the facts.In my car alot like so many people I am sure...

House of Bush, House of Saud

Written by Michael Scott from Santa Cruz, CA on December 21st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Frightening read. It continues to amaze me that this administration continues to get away with so much that others would be prosecuted for. Until the press stops being cowed by this current administration, they will continue to get away with anything they choose. This book is quite an eye opener, and will make you think.

house of bush, house of saud

Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on November 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The only problem I had with this is that I have alot less respect for the Bush family. I was already scraping the bottom with him anyway. I think the word is finally getting out about just how bad these people have been. IT IS ABOUT TIME. Great job on this book.

House of Bush, House of Saud

Written by Hank Grebe on June 28th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fascinating background to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, with plenty of references to date, time and sources of information. Highly revealing details about little known power brokers influencing American history. This book goes well beyond the documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11", which appears to have used "House of Bush, House of Saud" for much of its blueprint. Thought provoking, yet enjoyable.

Interesting listen

Written by Anonymous on June 7th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book could have been more objective but nevertheless it was very interesting and thought provoking.

House of Bush, House of Saud

Written by Katrina Blom on February 16th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A must read book. Well researched and well written.

House of Bush, House of Saud

Written by Mary Schweitzer on September 7th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent. Very thought provoking. I wish more of this information would be published in the mainstream media so that the general public could be more educated.

Author Details

Author Details

Unger, Craig

Craig Unger was deputy editor of the "New York Observer" and editor-in-chief of "Boston Magazine." He has written about George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush for the "New Yorker, Esquire, " and "Vanity Fair." He lives in New York City.