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Cheney One on One: A Candid Conversation with America's Most Controversial Statesman Hardcover – November 2, 2015
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GEORGE F. WILL, author, Pulitzer Prizewinning columnist, and Fox News commentator
Invaluable...James Rosen has given us a rare and compelling view of how Dick Cheney sees the world and himself. With searching questions and clear-eyed follow-ups, Rosen served as history’s interlocutor in a series of revealingand inevitably controversialconversations.”
JON MEACHAM, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
An essential document of modern America.... With the depth of a historian and the instincts of an investigative reporter, James Rosen adds considerably to our under- standing of Dick Cheney and the administrations in which he served.... Offers crucial context and fresh reporting on many of the most controversial decisions of the Bush- Cheney years.... A must-read.”
STEPHEN F. HAYES, senior writer for the Weekly Standard and author of Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President
Indispensable.... James Rosen has a knack for asking probing, unusual, and some- times uncomfortable questions.... His skill as an interviewer is vividly on display in the hours he spent interrogating Dick Cheney.”
JONATHAN KARL, chief White House correspondent for ABC News
Fascinating, revelatory, and valuable.... A contribution to our current political dia- logue that will also serve as a basic source for the historians of the future.”
MICHAEL BESCHLOSS, author of Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 17891989
James Rosen skillfully lets Cheney be Cheney, bringing to life a third of a century on the front lines of history.”
I. LEWIS LIBBY, former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney
From the Inside Flap
With this jibe, President Obama acknowledged the extraordinary influence of Richard Cheney.
Armed with deep experience at the highest levels of government, Cheney confronted the threats facing America after 9/11 and emerged as the most powerful vice president in U.S. history and the most controversial political figure of our time.
In Cheney One on One, the man at the center of four decades of political upheavalfrom Watergate to Iraqtakes stock of his life and legacy with unprecedented candor. In December 2014, Cheney sat down with James Rosen, chief Washington correspondent for Fox News, for three days of oral history interviews. No subject was off limits. The result is the most penetrating and detailed interrogation of Cheney ever conducted, an inside account of his extraordinary life and times.
Informed by his own reporting and the vast literature of the Bush-Cheney era, Rosen steers the conversation to the most sensitive subjects, some never addressed before:
How Cheney went from Yale dropout to White House chief of staff by his mid-thirties
The tense hours after 9/11, when Cheney ran the government from a White House bunker
Cheney’s role in shaping intelligence, sur- veillance, detention, and interrogation policies
His clashes with Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell
Cheney’s assessment of the mistakes he and President Bush made in Iraq
His views on life, death, and Godand much more
Rich and probing, highly readable yet supremely illuminating, Cheney One on One rescues a seminal figure from his Darth Vader” caricature and confirms James Rosen’s reputation as one of the leading journalists of our time.
Top Customer Reviews
Cheney is a virtual treasure trove of American history. From the mid-1970's until his retirement in 2009, he has been privy to most of the critical decisions made in the running of the country's business. In many, he has been at the helm. Moreover, the times in which he played a role have been…consequential. And moments of consequence are breeding grounds for controversy.
It is in this fertile soil that James Rosen, not only one of the country's most intellectual minds but also one of its most objective and thorough journalists, sows his crop. And is it ever a bumper! One of the things that struck me was the degree of background preparation Rosen did for this three-day marathon. Imagine yourself trying to ask substantial, news-breaking, thought-provoking questions for a career—any career—spanning four decades. That's a whole lot of prep, and it shows. Another thing that struck me was the level of rhetoric that was exchanged between the two men as they verbally went mano a mano. These guys don't play in the little leagues. While the language and content are rich, the subject matter is compelling. You just don't want to put this book down. It does, in fact, make a very quick read.Read more ›
The style of writing in this book is that of an ongoing interview with "no holds barred" questioning of the Vice President. The questions cover so many fascinating areas of interest including, of course, the events and thought process leading up to, as well as following the Iraq war. They discuss Russia's changing and advancing role in the world as well as the issue of North Korea's nuclear proliferation. VP Cheney reveals with absolute clarity his inner most thoughts on the Obama administration and how its actions, and inactions have, and will continue to affect events centered in the Middle East.
The book takes you from his childhood to present day with very in depth discussion of so many issues that are extremely relevant to the issues of today, including cyber warfare and the United States' place and role in world events. Another very interesting area of questioning in this regard deals with the interaction, relationships, and conflicts that have taken place between the State Department, Defense and the CIA.
One thing that particularly impressed me was the amazing level of research and preparation that Mr Rosen had done in order to effect this three day interview. The number of news reports, other books, and manuscripts that are referenced is beyond anything I have seen before for a book like this.Read more ›
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A gift for my Mom and she thinks it is a terrific book about former VP Cheney.Published 8 days ago by 811X2A
With Cheney being out of office for quite some time now, I was hoping he would open up and allow more of the truth about the Bush administration to filter out, but in this book he... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Frederick S. Goethel
Darth Vader is far too simplistic a moniker for arguably one of the most influential world figures of the last 50 years, as Rosen deftly shows. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Julia Grothen