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Oil tycoon, CIA chief, President: George H.W. Bush was the epitome of American empire

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When considering the life and times of George Herbert Walker Bush, one is forced to enter into a well-guarded mansion that is steeped in so many accumulated layers of wealth, power and secrecy that just scratching the surface requires a pickaxe and dynamite. For here we are dealing with no ordinary politician, but rather the scion of a dynastic clan who had a profound hand in shaping America into the country it is today.

George H.W. Bush was not necessarily predestined for a life of politics in the same way that career politicians, like John F. Kennedy, for example, or Bill Clinton were. Conquering a chunk of the global monopoly board took priority in the Bush household; political power came – like an after-dinner mint – more as a complement to the wealth obtained, and perhaps as a way to acquire more.

George’s father, Prescott Sheldon Bush, went on to become, among other things, the vice president of the investment bank A. Harriman & Co. At the age of 60, after making a respectable fortune, he tossed his hat into the political ring and was elected Senator from Connecticut.

Like his father, George H.W. devoted the early years of his life to the pursuit of Mammon, not politics. Upon graduation from Yale University, he headed south with his family to Texas to become an oil man. By 1964, at the age of 40, he was already a ‘self-made’ millionaire.

All the dirt and oil in Texas, however, could never conceal the ‘aristocratic’ blue blood that ran thick through his veins, betraying the East Coast lineage behind the slick ‘Texas oilman’ imagery.

The male members of the Bush family, from Prescott Bush (1895-1972) all the way up to George ‘Dubya’ Bush, shared much more in common than a passion for making money and playing golf.

All three attended prestigious Yale University, where ‘Dubya’ Bush, his father and grandfather were members of the secret fraternal order known as Skull and Bones. Founded in 1832, this society has been the source of numerous conspiracy........

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