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Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President Hardcover – July 24, 2007
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Hayes is interested in neither gossip nor dirt. If you want that, you'll have to find a different book. Nor is it accurate to say that Hayes offers little new information. I had not known, for example, that Cheney went from being a Yale dropout and electrical-company lineman (with two drunk driving arrests) to White House insider in just a decade. If a man capable of such improbable progress fascinates you; if you do not want your preconceptions confirmed, either for or against the man; if you are curious how the "most powerful and controversial vice president" in American history came to assume that title; if you are convinced that a man ought to be judged by how he explains himself rather than by conspiracy theories; if you want to learn about the Vice President's moral and intellectual development and if you believe that it is possible, even for your political opponents, to act from moral and intellectual principle; then this is the book for you.
Hayes is a political journalist, and writes like one. As a consequence, the book is not without its faults.Read more ›
As with any political book bias is a huge concern. When it comes to Cheney's early years much of what is written matches up with other biographies on Reagan and Ford and really paints a picture of how those offices worked. His recounting of the 9/11 events also is in line with those reports by George Tennet, Richard Clarke and others. When it comes to the war in Iraq there is a lot of dancing around and I found this to be the least helpful part of the book since it seemed to contradict what others had written. Now the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle and I doubt we will ever know if this administration came in with the intent to go to war in Iraq. One thing this book makes very clear is the Bush cabinet was a product of Dick Cheney. He surrounded Bush with close friends like Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Rice and Powell.
As to the charge of Cheney being the puppet master it is hard to get a sense.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer 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 16 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 16 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 17 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 19 months ago by DAVID KINZER