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Before he became George W. Bush's running mate in the 2000 election, Hayes reports, Dick Cheney called the vice presidency a cruddy job. But during his tenure, Hayes argues, Cheney transformed this traditionally inconsequential office into a focal point of presidential power. While emphasizing Cheney's role as vice president, this biography follows his entire political career, beginning with a 1968 congressional fellowship and including key positions in the Ford and George H.W. Bush administrations, as well as 21 years as a congressman. Drawing on interviews with Cheney and others, as well as TV interviews and other journalistic reports, Hayes covers this material engagingly and efficiently. A reporter for the Weekly Standard and author of a previous book on the connection between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, Hayes approaches Cheney sympathetically, countering more critical accounts in the popular press—for example, he laments the way Ambassador Joseph Wilson's flawed storyline regarding forged evidence that Iraq had attempted to acquire uranium from Niger hardened into conventional wisdom. The book may not convince detractors, but it sketches a vivid portrait of Cheney as an intelligent, quiet leader committed throughout his career, even as a member of Congress, to strengthening the power and authority of the executive branch. (July 24)
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"A vivid portrait of Cheney." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Editorial Reviews
This is a book that not many people have talked about. Steve Hayes is one of today's best writers on all things political. Read morePublished 8 months ago by jbtheref
I am really enjoying this book. I adore Stephen Hayes so I may be a bit partial. I like reading behind the scenes and histories of people who occupy leadership positions.Published 9 months ago by Judy Pruitt
The much aligned Cheney receives a dispassionate and balanced treatment. A fine vice-president long overdue for this kind of perspective.Published 9 months ago by Baxter
Well written. Very informative. Cheney is not a stoic, but a no-nonsense guy. Means what he says and says what he means. Does his homework. Read morePublished 11 months ago by DAVID KINZER