The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years.

In the Post

This weekend, Family of Secrets was reviewed by The Washington Post — itself a major character in the book. Critic Jamie Malanowski feels that “Baker exceeds his grasp,” but the Post will allow the author to speak for himself. On Thursday, January 15 at 2pm, Russ Baker will answer questions about the Bush/Cheney legacy and the Bush family political dynasty at washingtonpost.com. Readers can begin submitting questions and comments immediately.

New Baker HuffPost Essay, and More Coverage

Russ Baker has a new essay up at The Huffington Post about the USS George H.W. Bush, the Navy aircraft carrier that will be christened on Saturday, January 10th.

This week, Russ also appeared on Judith Regan’s show on Sirius Satellite Radio, taped an interview with Reuters Television for a special program on the Bush legacy, and did a drive-time conversation with Boston’s WBZ.

Common Dreams just excerpted the “Shock and…Oil?” chapter from Family of Secrets at their website. And Frederick Clarkson at Religion Dispatches detailed the ways that FoS “reveals how faith is like a covert operation for the Bush family.” (Please Digg these articles, share them on Facebook, and e-mail them to your friends. Your help is invaluable.)

Grassroots efforts and word of mouth are paying off: Earlier this week, the book hit #150 on Amazon.com’s book list, and was #8 among political books. Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire blog noted that the book is “rising on the bestseller lists.” Stay tuned…

Plenty of New Coverage

Yesterday, Russ Baker appeared on the Thom Hartmann Program, and that interview can be listened to in full.

The New York Observer sent reporter Leon Neyfakh to cover the Family of Secrets book release party earlier this week. Neyfakh asked partygoers and friends of the book about its likely reception in the mainstream media. Dan Rather, Judith Regan, and the author himself offered their opinions.

As for that mainstream media reception…Tim Rutten of The Los Angeles Times fired the opening salvo in what is sure to provoke an ongoing conversation among critics and historians about this new book. He blasted the book as “preposterous,” before declaring a personal bias:

I regard the belief that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone as an important indicium of mental health.

According to an ABC News poll conducted in 2003 in conjunction with a Peter Jennings special report, seven in 10 Americans think the assassination of John F. Kennedy was the result of a plot. (And in 1979, the House Select Committee on Assassinations found a “probable conspiracy” but did not identify specific perpetrators.) With that in mind, Rutten is making a pretty serious assertion about our country’s sanity.

The Thom Hartmann Program

Russ Baker will be talking about Family of Secrets on Air America’s nationally-syndicated Thom Hartmann Program today at 1pm. Listen at AirAmerica.com.

Inside City Hall

New York residents can catch Russ Baker on tonight’s edition of “Inside City Hall” on NY1 network. The show airs at 7pm EST, and then again at 10pm.

Contact

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