Deep Politics in the Age of Bush and Obama

Peter Dale Scott reads from American War Machine

Russ Baker & Peter Dale Scott dropped by City Lights Bookstore last December in celebration of the release of American War Machine: Deep Politics, the Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan (by Peter Dale Scott) published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Why, even with the transfer of power from a conservative Republican to a liberal-moderate Democrat, does substantive change remain so elusive? And how is it possible that so soon after the catastrophic George W. Bush administration, Bush family fortunes already seem to be reviving—with Jeb Bush touted as a 2012 presidential aspirant?  Russ Baker and Peter Dale Scott, two of America’s most thoughtful investigators of American history and politics, discuss of some of the biggest unanswered questions of our time.


Russ Baker is an award-winning investigative journalist, author of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years, and editor-in-chief of the news site,


Peter Dale Scott, a former Canadian diplomat and English Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is a poet, writer, and researcher. He is the author of: Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central AmericaThe Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire and the Future of America, and many others.