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Banned in Britain: Why British Readers Can’t Read 'House of Bush, House of Saud'

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The British publisher of House of Bush, House of Saud has decided not to publish the book fearing lawsuits from the Saudis. Author Craig Unger discusses the banning of his book and Disney’s refusal to distribute Michael Moore’s new film that examines the ties between the Bushes and Saudia Arabia.

In late March, Salon.con reported:

“A controversial new book that casts a critical eye on the three-decade-old relationship between the Bush and Saud families, House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World’s Two Most Powerful Dynasties, by Craig Unger, has been dropped by its British publisher just weeks before it was scheduled to arrive in stores. Making its decision in the shadow of the aggressive use of the British legal system and its plaintiff-friendly libel laws by wealthy Saudis, the publisher has backed down from issuing the book.

"We’ve had to withdraw it for legal reasons," says an editor at Secker & Warburg, a U.K. division of Random House. "We expected we would be able to publish it with a degree of risk. But regrettably in the final analysis we decided we could not."

We asked Craig Unger about the book banning in Britain and Disney’s refusal to distribute Michael Moore’s new film.

  • Craig Unger, author of the new book, House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship between the World’s Two Most Powerful Dynasties.

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