Wednesday, January 14, 2004

American Dynasty:
Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush

by Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips is a former Republican strategist, a sharp political commentator and author of nine books, including the Politics of the Rich and Poor and Wealth and Democracy. He has an explosive new book out about the Bush family, wich he contends "has used all its resources to create a political dynasty that has gained the White Hosue to further its family and ideological agenda, which would have horrified America's founding fathers."

"The Bush family has never produced a doctor, judge, teacher, scholar, or lawyer of note. As far back as World War I, the family's single-minded focus has been on three major areas: intelligence, energy, and national security."

Of course it's not a flattering portrait of the Bushes -- but like O'Neill, Phillips is a lifelong Republican who can hardly be tagged as unsympathetic to conservative or corporate interests.

If you want a preview, read this he piece penned for the L.A. Times

Democracy Now interviewed Phillips on Monday, listen here.