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FAMILY OF SECRETS is a book by Russ Baker . Published by Bloomsbury Press in 2008, the book describes alleged connections between the Bush family with the Central Intelligence Agency . The book asserts that President George H.W. Bush was linked to the Watergate scandal and the assassination of John F. Kennedy .

THE BOOK\'S ALLEGATIONS

Baker was drawn to John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories after discovering a report that George H. W. Bush could not remember where he was on November 22, 1963 .

In the book he levels various charges of corruption at the Bush family, whom he ties into the entry of the United States into World War II , the formation of the CIA, the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Watergate scandal .

According to Baker, the first President Bush became an intelligence agent in his teenage years and was later at the center of a plot to assassinate Kennedy that included his father, Prescott Bush
Prescott Bush
, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson , CIA Director Allen Dulles
Allen Dulles
, Cuban and Russian exiles and emigrants, and various Texas oilmen. He also names Bob Woodward
Bob Woodward
of The Washington Post
The Washington Post
as an intelligence agent who conspired with John Dean
John Dean
to remove President Richard Nixon from office for opposing the oil depletion allowance .

The book observes that when George H.W. Bush was at Phillips Academy his roommate was the nephew of George de Mohrenschildt , and that in later years, Bush and De Mohrenschildt fraternized in Dallas. In 1962, de Mohrenschildt befriended Lee Harvey Oswald
Lee Harvey Oswald
. Baker also makes a connection between the Bushes and the Watergate scandal. He describes Watergate "not as a ham-handed act of political espionage but as a carefully orchestrated farce designed to take down President Richard Nixon.

REVIEWS

The book received scathing reviews.

In the Washington Post , reviewer Jamie Malanowski said that "by trying to explain everything, to create a unified field theory of American tragedy that has the Bushes as the key actors and beneficiaries, Baker exceeds his grasp." He said that "Baker is not content merely to raise uncomfortable questions; he has latched onto the Grand Theory of Bushativity, and he insists on pressing his case with evidence that will not bear the weight."

Malanowski said that every time Baker "reaches a gap in someone's means or motivation, he hops, skips and jumps across it as nimbly as a mountain goat. Such words as 'appears,' 'apparently,' 'likely,' 'seems,' 'seemingly' and 'in all likelihood' appear at many crucial junctures; there are more crutches in these pages tha