How did the Bushes, America's most powerful political family, become gradually seduced by and entangled with their Saudi counterparts?
Why did the Bush administration approve the secret airlift of 140 Saudis, including two dozen relatives of Osama bin Laden, just after September 11? Did one of the Saudi royals on the planes have any advance knowledge of the attacks?
What specifically chosen words did George W. Bush say on national television during the 2000 election campaign to trigger Muslim support? How did the Saudi-funded Islamic groups propel Bush to victory in Florida, thus winning him the presidency?
The answers to these questions lie in a largely hidden relationship between the House of Bush and the House of Saud that began in the mid-1970s. An amazing weave of money, power and influence, it takes place all over the globe and involves war, covert operations and huge deals in the oil and defense industries. But, most horrifying of all, the secret liason between the two families helped trigger the Age of Terror and give rise to the tragedy of 9/11.
Craig Unger is the author of the New York Times bestselling House of Bush, House of Saud. He appears frequently as an analyst on CNN, the ABC Radio Network, and other broadcast outlets. The former deputy editor of TheNew York Observer and editor-in-chief of Boston Magazine, he has written about George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush for TheNew Yorker, Esquire, and Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.
James Naughton has won Tony Awards for his starring roles in City of Angels and Chicago on Broadway, and a Mac Award for his one-man show James Naughton: Street of Dreams. He directed the acclaimed Broadway revivals of Our Town and Arthur Miller's The Price. On television, he appeared in Brooklyn Bridge, The Cosby Mysteries, and Ally McBeal. His films include The Devil Wears Prada, The Good Mother, The Glass Menagerie, and The Paper Chase.