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In this critical investigation of former vice president Cheney's role in George W. Bush's administration, Warshaw (The Keys to Power) reveals how Bush and Cheney split the presidency, each using the office's power to advance agendas that rarely overlapped. This suited Bush's limited agenda and experience well; while he focused on education reform and faith-based initiatives, he was content to leave Cheney in charge of economic and foreign policy. As head of Bush's transition team, Cheney staffed virtually the entire administration with longtime associates who shared his vision of a strong—some have called it œimperial—executive. He and his staff controlled political appointments and drafted most of the 800-plus signing statements affixed to bills that declared the president's refusal to enforce selected parts of laws passed by Congress. Warshaw rejects analyses that portray either Cheney or Karl Rove as puppet masters in favor of portraying Bush as capable in the spheres that mattered to him, where Cheney was careful not to interfere. Thoroughly researched and insightful into the complexities of both personalities, the book offers an engaging look at the most controversial presidency since Nixon's. (June)
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"The author successfully argues that Cheney did not usurp the power of the presidency but rather reached an accommodation with Bush on a division of labor and responsibility with the executive office ... The work contains extensive notes and documentation. It is a must read for presidential scholars and all others trying to understand the Bush-Cheney relationship."—J. R. Hdetke, Choice.


"Shirley Anne Warshaw's masterful analysis demonstrates how George W. Bush ceded the most significant presidential powers to Dick Cheney. Warshaw's book provides strong evidence that Cheney was able to grab the levers of power that Bush had so casually yielded. The lesson is a stark one; the combination of a weak president, and a vice president who captured that power, took the country in dangerous directions the voters neither envisioned nor chose." —Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's "Hardball" and NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show"


"The Co-Presidency of Bush and Cheney chronicles Vice President Cheney's unprecedented role in helping to shape White House policy on energy, Iraq, assertions of presidential prerogative, and more. Shirley Anne Warshaw details and assesses the actions of the Bush administration—a provocative and valuable start in exploring the lessons that future presidents may take from the past eight years." —Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today


"In my view—an insider's view—Dr. Warshaw is too kind. Dick Cheney was not copresident, he was president. In all matters of great importance, that's the way he wanted it, that's the way it was. Dr. Warshaw's book brilliantly illuminates Cheney's shadow presidency, and for that reason alone should be read by everyone who cares about the fate of our Republic." —Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Visiting Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary


"Warshaw lays out with commendable academic diligence the division of power in the Bush White House and how a new, untested president, surrounded by political aides, willingly ceded all the heavy lifting to his vice president. Dick Cheney commandeered economic, energy, environmental and national security while George W. Bush kept busy with his faith-based agenda. The irony is that Bush succeeded with his small share of the copresidency while Cheney became a human wrecking ball, taking Bush down with him, yet leaving a legacy of broadened executive power for future presidents." —Eleanor Clift, Contributing Editor, Newsweek
"Warshaw has produced an astonishing portrayal of the Cheney phenomenon—a unique episode in American national governance. This work is a powerful indictment of wrongful vice presidential over-reaching. Years from now, however, Cheney's actions may be cited as evidence of bold statecraft in a time of great crisis. The Devil and Daniel Webster are both at work in these pages."—Charles Hill, Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy, Yale University and Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
"A fascinating analytical work on the most powerful vice president in our history, how he built that power with a willing president, and the unwanted consequences that ensued."—David M. Abshire, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and President, Center for the Study of the Presidency
"An absorbing account of the relationship between George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. This is a must-read for people who care about governance and our constitutional system."—Susan Eisenhower, Chairman Emeritus, Eisenhower Institute
"Thoroughly researched and insightful into the complexities of both personalities, the book offers an engaging look at the most controversial presidency since Nixon's." —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • Series: Stanford Politics and Policy
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford Politics and Policy (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804758182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804758185
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sturdevant on April 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I received my copy of The Co-Presidency of Bush and Cheney, and I can hardly put it down. Shirley Warshaw has written a tour-de-force that explores and probes the two principals of the Bush-Cheney Administration. An exhaustively researched work of scholarship of the highest standard, this book is highly readable and not just for the policy wonks and political junkies. Dr. Warshaw has taken pains to present a thorough analysis and fair investigation of the last administration, and every citizen who reads it will find his or her understanding of executive power greatly enriched. The Co-Presidency of Bush and Cheney is a powerful, thought-provoking must-read for every voting American.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Doctor on May 23, 2009
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One of the nation's leading experts on the American presidency, Warshaw's new book represents the best of this discussion--while making it clear that she sides with those who see Cheney as the driving force behind the Bush Presidency, she does so with scholarship and erudition--two skills largely missing from a debate that has become hyper-emotional. This is absolutely the first read on this subject, and one of Warshaw's best books. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bethesdadoc on May 5, 2009
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Posted 05/05/09: Seems our outrage over Bush for that last eight years was misguided. Dr Warshaw helps us to correct our course in her latest book on the US Presidency. Each chapter is self contained and astounding in breadth and depth. I am still wondering how this could have happened. The American public needs to know just what took place. Everyone should read this book. Otherwise I fear we are susceptible to future power grabs in our supposedly, "checks and balances" government. This is the book to read. Excellent Job!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Williams on April 24, 2009
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The role that Cheney played in the Bush presidency is exposed in major detail in this book. It promises to inform, infuriate, educate, and entertain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JG on May 26, 2009
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Shirley Warshaw has done it again. Like her other celebrated books (Keys to Power , The Clinton Years, and Domestic Presidency) The Co-Presidency of Bush and Cheney is wonderfully written and is a must-read for anybody interested in the American political system.
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