The Fall of the House of Bush: How a Group of True Believers Put America on the Road to Armageddon

Version: Abridged
Author: Craig Unger
Narrator: James Naughton
Genres: Politics, History, American Politics
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: November 2007
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 30 minutes
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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. < I> The Fall of the House of Bush < /I> will frame that conflict as part of an entirely different paradigm& #8212; 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.< P> 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 ofAmerica& #8217; s global supremacy.

Reviews (2)

good Bush summary

Written by Anonymous from Encinitas, CA on June 8th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

There've been many book written about the Bush Presidency, most written by people with open access to the Administration, so you hope you're getting facts and not biased opinions. Few offer glowing summaries, and this one is no different. However, this one, being one of the latter books, does a good job of summarizing the many issues associated with the Bush term, and give a better insight into the key players and behind the scenes power brokers than many of the others. The other thing I felt this book did was provide a lot more insight into the many conservative and religious-right advisors who became key players in the State Department, Department of Defense, National Security team, etc. Unger discusses the long-standing ties among many of these neo-cons, their beliefs, and the agenda they carried with them into their jobs.

author delusional

Written by Anonymous on June 24th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 0/5

The author is delusional...not worth the time reading or listening to the book.

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.