Amazon.com lists 6 currently available editions of this book and we can assume a 7th will come later. (May 2, 2004)
the following review appeared in the Palm Beach Post
Audio Review: 'House of Bush, House of Saud'
By Paul Lomartire, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 2, 2004
HOUSE OF BUSH, HOUSE OF SAUD: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties, by Craig Unger. Read by James Naughton, abridged, 6 hours on CD, Simon & Schuster Audio, $26.
Audio-bookers have no excuse for being out of the current-events loop. No longer is the audio of a hot, nonfiction book treated as an after-market afterthought. Several new books, including House of Bush, are prominent on store shelves and front pages.
Ron Suskind's The Price of Loyalty, is former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill's first-person account of Bush's administration. Counter-terrorism expert Richard Clarke is still making headlines with Against All Enemies.
And now there's Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack, which charges that Bush's team planned to invade Iraq long before it went public with the plan.
Author Craig Unger has written about the Bush family for the New Yorker, Esquire and Vanity Fair.
Here, he begins by detailing the flight of Saudis, including Osama bin Laden's family, from the U.S. in the hours after 9/11. Typical Bush administration secrecy was made alarming by the fact that a majority of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudi.
Oil is the bond between the Bush family and the Saudis. Unger details all kinds of backroom deals, including rich desert princes bailing out George W.'s failed oil companies before he became Texas governor. With Saudi oil barons indirectly handing out cash to terrorist groups and retired Bush cronies, you can understand why this administration protects the deep-pocketed Saudi royal family.
Reader James Naughton provides the perfect tone and resonance to add weight to this book, making it a quick six hours.
Remember what happened with the Shah of Iran? Unger's book builds a case that if the greedy Saudi royal family gets a similar bum's rush led by Muslim zealots, $2-a-gallon gas will be a fond memory.