America’s invisible government: can a President take it on and win?

Talk July 20, 2010 7:00 PM

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What are the forces in play within the American political system and to what extent does their power and influence go beyond the presidency?

Are there forces at work that are so institutionally powerful that they can shape one administration after another irrespective of whether it is Republican or Democratic?. 

In Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years Russ Baker examines the connections between the Bush family; their presidencies, the military, the oil industry, Wall Street and the CIA.

Baker’s five year investigation goes further and leads him towards the conclusion that there are forces at work that will have implications for the current president, Barack Obama

Join us at the Frontline Club with Russ Baker and an expert panel to explore the implications of his investigation for the current president, Barack Obama, and his potential to impliment true reform.


Russ Baker, award-winning investigative reporter and founder of He has written for the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, the Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Village Voice and Esquire;

Michael Goldfarb, London correspondent for;

Godfrey Hodgson, previously Washington correspondent for The Observer, editor of Insight at the Sunday Times, anchor for Channel 4 News, foreign editor of the Independent and director of the Reuter Foundation Programme for Journalists at Oxford. Currently a fellow of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford. Among others author of The Myth of American Exceptionalism and America in Our Time: From World War II to Nixon–What Happened and Why.

Chaired by Paddy O’Connell of BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House.