BOOKS ABOUT GEORGE W. BUSH
AND OTHER RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS:
Where's My Country? by Michael Moore (Author)
in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country and It's Time to Take It Back by Jim
War for Perpetual Peace by Gore Vidal
: Life in George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins (Author), Lou Dubose (Author)
- The Best
Democracy Money Can Buy: The Truth About Corporate Cons, Globalization and High-Finance
Fraudsters by Greg Palast (Paperback)
- Shrub : The
Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush by Molly Ivins (Author), et al
- The Bush
Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder by Mark Crispin Miller (Paperback)
Immaculate Deception: The Bush Crime Family Exposed by Russell S. Bowen
Truth: U.S.-Taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy, Saudi Arabia and the Failed Search for bin Laden
by Jean-Charles Brisard, et al (Paperback)
Son by J. H. Hatfield, Greg Palast
by Toby Rogers
- The Dirty
Truth, The Oil and Chemical Dependency of George W. Bush by Rick Abraham
- The Mafia,
CIA and George Bush by Pete Brewton, Peter Brewton
America by Rodney Stich
- The Shadows
of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline by James
- The Best
Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth about Globalization,
Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters by Greg Palast
With the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude by Robert Baer
Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush by
- Who's Who
of the Elite : Members of the Bilderbergs, Council on Foreign Relations, & Trilateral
Commission by Robert Gaylon Ross Sr.
White Men : ...And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! by Michael
Moore (Author) (Paperback)
by Molly Ivins (Author), Lou Dubose (Author)
Fortunate Son Reprinted!!!
We are gratified to be able to announce that there
is indeed proof that George "Dubya" Bush is at best a Far Right Extremist and at
worst, a danger to religious freedom!!! Read "Fortunate
Son" by J.H. Hatfield.
Excerpts from Soft Skull Press Web Page
Independent Soft Skull Press
has reprinted the controversial George W. Bush Bio - "Fortunate
Son". Why was Fortunate Son recalled and turned into "furnace
fodder"? On the internet and on the street, the majority of Americans are
asking, "What is in Fortunate Son that caused it to be censured?" (Click on the Cover to your
left and order directly from Soft Skull Press!)
Hatfield's Fortunate Son presents Republican presidential front-runner George
W. Bush haunted by the specters from his past. In spite of a lead in the polls, Bush has
not been able to escape accusations of abuse of extreme privilege, draft-dodging Vietnam
and a past cocaine habit. Fortunate Son researches these allegations, and comes up with
almost 400 pages of more startling information: the Bushs' anti-Semitism, their connection
to the BCCI Scandal, George W. Bush's SEC investigation for insider-trading, and the
cronyism practiced with business associates while Governor of Texas.
As the cover says, "the book they
burned is back!" And how!
In October of last year, St. Martin's Press issued the
hardcover of J.H. Hatfield's controversial biography of Republican presidential candidate
George W. Bush, Fortunate Son. But, under heavy fire from the media, they
panicked and immediately recalled the book
issuing a statement that claimed "the author's credibility has come in to
question," referring to the authors felony convictions.
But as Jenny
Lyn Bader pointed out in The New York Times, "If he's merely a convicted felon, that
doesn't preclude him from being a successful writer. Indeed, St. Martin's Press
underestimates the forgiveness of the American people. People might not mind a
former convict writing a book as long as the book is really good."
Prior to the
recall, Fortunate Son was #30 on The New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Seller list. Reader responses on the web show Americans
outraged at this title's suppression: some say this book has changed their vote; others
don't accept that a meticulous, fact-checking biographer should be "baby
seal-clubbed" with allegations about his past.
he's suffered a spectacular thrashing in public, author J.H. Hatfield has retracted
nothing. He stands firmly by three confidential sources that allege Bush was
arrested for cocaine possession in 1972 and later had that arrest expunged from the record
through a family favor.
Although the book was quietly returned to the publisher
and destroyed, it doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to realize that if author
"credibility" was obligatory in book publishing, the industry's annual output
would, at the very least, be cut in half. St. Martin's, for instance, is the bastion
of credibility, which has brought us Whitney Strieber's alien anal probes and G. Gordon
Liddy's Will. But, I digress.
Fortunately, Soft Skull Press has embraced the task of publishing a new edition of
Fortunate Son, which includes an explanation of why Hatfield's credibility has suffered.
In short, he's a convicted felon--what was I saying about G. Gordon Liddy?
Hatfield was initially reticent about explaining his
crimes (a Byzantine tale of embezzlement and conspiracy to commit murder), but in
Fortunate Son's new introduction, he spills the beans and ponders why certain bald G-Men
go to prison and still get to write, but not him.
Aside from the felony matter, which was St. Martin's official reason for pulling his book,
Hatfield has published several other books on less staid topics than presidential
candidates such as The X-Files and Star Trek as well as biographies of Patrick Stewart and
Ewan McGregor. While some would consider this even more damning than Hatfield's
stint in prison, St. Martin's hasty dismissal still smacks of something fishy.
So too does the political life of George W. Bush.
Hatfield's less-than-savory past doesn't preclude our
Republican presidential candidate from having one too, and there's a takes-one-to-know-one
argument to be made in favor of Hatfield knowing a skeleton when he sees one.
Prior to reading Fortunate Son, I had always considered George W. Bush a dopey schmuck
--more the son of Dan Quayle than George H. W. Bush--and it never occurred to me to take
him any more seriously than, say, his look-alike Alfred E. Newman.
Fortunate Son has changed all that. Now I realize that George W. Bush is not a moron
but rather a calculating, scheming, cutthroat politico with no real interest except his
own. In short, if he smiled less and was more open about his views, he would be Ayn Rand's
Hatfield's most serious allegation in Fortunate Son is that Bush was busted for cocaine
possession in 1972. According to Hatfield's anonymous sources (whom he declines to name,
but whom he claims to have corroborated), Bush was arrested for possession, but as a favor
to his father, the matter was rectified with a little community service, and his record
was expunged. This accusation alone may be the real reason St. Martin's razed their
edition of Hatfield's biography.
Hatfield also carefully details allegations of Bush's insider trading, his cronying, his
ties with white supremacist groups, and his frankly despicable business practices. All of
this bolsters Hatfield's exposition of Bush's record as Texas governor. For a governor in
a state with one of the weakest gubernatorial offices in the nation, Bush has managed to
make some really nasty decisions.
Since no one seems to be paying attention to what this grinning goober really is and just
how dangerous he can be, I think it's a blessing to the American public that Fortunate Son
has been re-issued. Despite a few cosmetic problems in this new edition, it may prove to
be a crucial political document.
And in all honesty, for character assassination, it's very even-handed. Unlike other works
I could name, like David Horowitz's Hating Whitey and this article, for example, Hatfield
doesn't stoop to name-calling and pettiness. He sticks to the facts and lays it all out on
the table. I just hope America reads this book before Dubya "aw shucks" his way
into the White House.
Skull reprints Fortunate Son to allow the voters to judge for themselves. We hope to prove
that democracy can still exist regardless of the preferences of the privileged. (On July 17, 2001, Jim
Hatfield checked himself into a motel in Arkansas and supposedly took an overdose of
pills, ending his life after experiencing what Mark Crispin Miller describes as
"ruination" at the hands of "the Bush machine and a compliant corporate
press." It is more likely that somebody did not want him to continue his
expose of Dubya Bush and helped him overdose.)
Here's what a few readers are saying:
"I bought "Fortunate Son" the day I read
in the New York Times that St. Martin's Press was going to recall the book from bookstores
because they found out the author had a criminal record. In my opinion, whether or not the
author has a criminal record, the book stands on its own merits, and is an excellent way
for the public to learn some facts about a candidate who wants us to elect him U.S.
President. It's a clearly written, highly readable, informative, carefully researched
biography of George W. Bush, with 54 pages of source notes if anyone wants to check the
author's sources. Based on reading the book, there's no doubt in my mind that the
suppression of this book was motivated by politics, to remove this less than glowingly
favorable view of Bush from the public's
eyes. This would be perfectly consistent with G.W. Bush's membership, like his father's
and grandfather's, in Yale University's Skull and Bones Society, a top secret men's club
whose existence and goals are unknown to most voting Americans. Shame on you, St. Martin's
Press -- and the New York Times -- for cooperating. What fear, or price, was your reason
for doing so? This book was obviously suppressed for political reasons."
From Emily Zimmerman - San Francisco
devoted conservative I found this book worth reading. It has a lot of liberal bias,
but the information regarding G W's life should be investigated by any voting person and
this author has done an excellent investigative job. Washington DC and both parties
have become so corrupt, voters are turning away from the polls. We need to educate
ourselves about all people running for office, this book helps. Take time to
carefully read this book and decide for yourself based on what kind of person you want in
the white house."
"Why ban this book? This is very suspicious! I
read this book and was riveted! I think of myself as a discerning and intelligent reader,
and I've come to believe that Bush had this book squashed because it tells the truth. The
first hint came when I found out that the reporter who "discovered" that J.H.
Hatfield was an ex-felon has his own recently published biography of Bush (that portrays
him in a more whitewashed way!) That's a conflict of interest right there! He's defaming
the competition so his book will have greater sales. Then, I thought about all of
Bush's hedging around the drug issue--I figure that he knows it's true, he knows that
other people have evidence of it, and he's just trying to bury it instead of outright
denying it and being caught like Clinton was.
As for St. Martin's, I can't imagine how difficult and costly it must be to go head to
head with some of America's wealthiest and most politically entrenched men. If George Sr.
can buy off a judge to protect his son, he sure could make all kinds of problems for a
I'm sorry they pulled the books off the shelves. I think people should read be able to
read it and decide for themselves! I'm sure going to think twice about voting for
From an educated reader - California
"Yes, the author has a disturbing past. But so what!
He's not the one running for
president of the United States. George W. Bush is. And Bush has NEVER denied the
allegations made against him in the book. He's only said that he did some "dumb
things in his past", and that it's "irrelevant" to his ability to lead. But
if his own past is so irrelevant to leadership, than why does he also argue that
Hatfield's past is relevant to penmanship? Seems that "Dubya" is riddled with
hippocracy. All those who want to learn of this two-faced man who asks to be our president
should read this book!"
by Chris Adams from San Francisco
"The Author Was Right. Best-selling author
J.H. Hatfield was skewered in the media in October 1999 when he claimed that 3 anonymous
sources confided in him that Bush had been arrested for cocaine in 1972.
Hatfield asserted--according to the three well-placed
sources--that the elder Bush used his political influence to get his cocaine-sniffing son
out of trouble and into community service (at Houston's Project P.U.L.L.) for a year
The mainstream media scoffed at the author and attempted
to destroy his credibility. Then in May 2000 the Boston Globe stated that from November
1972 to April 30, 1973, Bush was apparently AWOL from his Air Force unit. The two
lieutenant colonels in charge of Bush's unit in Houston could not rate him for the prior
12 months, saying he had not been at the unit in that period. Then in late June 2000, the
equally prestigious London Sunday Times claimed that Bush failed to show up for a military
medical exam during the same period and was grounded for flying.
Am I the only one who has put 2 and 2 together and come
to the logical conclusion that Hatfield was right in FORTUNATE SON? Bush was doing
community service during that time period for drug usage. Now we know why the book's
original publisher, the spineless St. Martin's Press, caved in to the political pressure
of the Bushes and recalled the book. Thank God, Soft
Skull Press, Inc. had the courage to republish FORTUNATE SON
to allow Americans to judge for themselves about its contents."
by Jacque Nouveau from Pacific Northwest
Man Can Speak For Himself:
A few choice quotes from Fortunate Son
"You fucking son of a bitch. I
saw what you wrote. We're not going to forget this."
-George W. Bush to writer and editor Al Hunt, 1988
"You know I could run for
governor but I'm basically a media creation. I've never done anything. I've worked for my
dad. I worked in the oil business. But that's not the kind of profile you have to have to
get elected to public office."
-George W. Bush, 1989
"If we have to use smoke and
mirrors to give the impression that Bush is not what a lot of people think he is, then
we'll do whatever it takes."
-Bush Presidential Strategist/Advisor, 1999
"As my daughter said,
"Hey Dad, you're not nearly as cool as they think you are."
-George W. Bush, 1999
following is a selection of some of the data from the new edition of Fortunate Son:
George W. Bush and the Making of an American President:
In 1967, young George
W. Bush abruptly called off his engagement to Cathryn Lee Wolfman. Friends close to the family
blamed this sudden change of heart on Bush family pressure and disapproval of the
prospective fiancee's Jewish stepfather. Although representatives from the Bush
family later denied antiSemitism, in 1993, Bush as Texas Governor told the Houston
Chronicle that he believed there was no place in heaven for anyone who did not accept
Jesus Christ as his "personal savior." In 1998, before departing on a high-profile
trip to the Middle East, Bush sophomorically joked with U.S. reporters that the first
thing he would say to his hosts in Israel would be that they were all "going to
- Although many
draft-age Americans thought the war in Vietnam was unjust, George W. Bush's draft-dodging
used his social status and backroom deals. Although the waiting lists for alternative
service in the National Guard were over 100,000 names long, Houston oilman Sidney A. Adger
contacted Texas House Speaker Ben Barnes for a special intercession on behalf of young
Bush. George W. was admitted instantly into the Texas Air National Guard and was
promoted to officer in an unprecedented few months, bypassing the required 23 month
officer candidate programs. Bush flew the F-102 aircraft, which was being phased out
of service at the time. Despite his claims to the contrary today, there was never
any chance Bush would ever see action in Vietnam.
The 1972 Coke
This biography establishes
that George W. Bush has never been required to play by the rules, not just in 1972.
Upon finishing the first draft of Fortunate Son, J.H. Hatfield was bothered by the
incongruous break in the pattern of young G.W. Bush's life. In 1972, Bush
"volunteered" to work with inner-city Houston youth at the community center
Project P.U.L.L. Hatfield began to suspect that the service wasn't voluntary, but
court-ordered. This was confirmed by three sources who had
the same story: Bush was arrested for cocaine possession but his father, Congressman
George Bush, worked out a backroom deal with a friendly judge.
- Although the following information
has received the most controversial reception thus far, it is only part of the larger
pattern exhibited by Fortunate Son.
This information was first brought up by
online journal Salon, where the community center was named as the "Martin
Luther King Community Center." Bush campaign spokesman Scott
McClellan responded to Salon's story with a firm, "We do not dignify false
rumors and innuendoes with a response." After more research, Hatfield phoned
McClellan and asked if it was Project P.U.L.L. where Bush performed "court-ordered
community service." McClellan's response was a sudden, almost inaudible "Oh
shit." followed by a, "No comment."
An interesting footnote to the 1972
allegations: Bush acquired a new driver's license from the Texas DMV in 1995 when a survey
of his public records uncovered a "stale but nevertheless incriminating trail"
of a past arrest.
- The first of many G.W. Bush business
ventures eventually bailed out or liquidated before bankruptcy was his oil company Arbusto
Energy. In 1977, Bush received a $50,000 investment from James R. Bath, a Houston
businessman who "made his fortune by investing money for [Sheikh Kalid bin] Mahfouz
and another BCCI-connected Saudi, Sheikh bin Laden" according to Time
correspondents Jonathan Beaty and S.C. Gwynne. Of special note is that Sheikh bin Laden is
widely believed to be the father of Osama bin Laden, terrorist bomber of two U.S.
embassies in 1998.
Bath, who had no funds of his own, is
believed to have acted as the American representative for Saudi Arabian sheikhs who, as
Hatfield describes it, used "their enormous financial resources to influence U.S.
policy." As son of the recent director of the CIA, G.W. Bush and his oil startup were
a perfect opportunity to buy influence. Ironically, it was with money allegedly tied to
the family of Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden.
- In 1988 Bush Junior joined his
father's Presidential campaign. Fighting accusations that the candidate was "a
wimp," G.W. Bush and spin doctor Lee Atwater ruthlessly brought the campaign into the
modern age of dirty politics. G.W. Bush funnelled money to "independent"
conservative groups who aired the racist Willie Horton ads which scared voters into
thinking Dukakis was weak on crime, by exploiting the image of a rough-looking black man.
coached his father to dodge his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal by counter-accusing
anchorman Dan Rather of unprofessional behavior relating to the broadcast of an unrelated
tennis tournament. Fearing that evangelist Pat Robertson was beginning to gain momentum,
Bush scuttled Robertson's campaign by first leaking the news of Robertson's fellow
evangelist Jimmy Swaggart's marital infidelity. Near the the end of the '88 race, Time
magazine was left to wonder how unprecedented it was that "attacks on an
opponent" could become "the primary target of a presidential campaign."
Four years later, using the similar
tactics, Bush defeated the flamboyant, popular Texas incumbent Ann Richards in his own
1992 race for Governor. Recalling Willie Horton, Bush's first television campaign featured
images of a women being grabbed at gun-point and other graphic crime scenes, with a voice
over-accusing Governor Richards of being soft on crime. Although these ads
were criticized as "scare tactics" they were the start of a campaign rife with
personal attacks and manipulative television. When Governor Richards asked why all
the businesses Bush had been a Director at since 1979 had lost a total of $371 million,
Bush countered with a televised, hurt plea to not engage in "personal attacks."
Even Republican political
strategist Matt Broyles recognized, "It was sanctimonious for the Bush campaign to
run six weeks of television commercials attacking the governor's record in office and then
get outraged when she examined his business background."
winning the Governorship of Texas, Bush became known for a casual, friendly style, often
spontaneously visiting his fellow lawmakers in Austin. However, this single
baby-boomer-style element of his legacy is overshadowed by the results of
"compassionate conservatism:" a ravaged environment, growing disparity between
rich and poor, Texas style cronyism, property tax reform that benefitted landlords and
ignored tenants, diminished popular rights to abortion, legalization of concealed handguns
despite protest from law enforcement, and finally, a stubborn refusal to approve Hate
Crimes laws even after the brutal murder of James Byrd by three Texas racists in Jasper.
Bush is described in Fortunate
Son as being politically to the right of his father. His lack of real compassion
planned a nuclear waste dump 5 miles away from the poor, Hispanic town of Sierra Blanca. Rather than grant clemency to
born-again death-row inmate Karla Fay Tucker, Bush waited until the last possible moment
before grand-standing in the media spotlight and again refusing to reconsider, despite the
pleas of prominent religious leaders.
With 54 pages of
source notes, Hatfield's book is a researched, precision-cut account. It balances
Bush the likeable fellow with Bush the politician America needs to get to know better.
Soft Skull Press, Inc.
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