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"Instructive, offering a blow-by-blow brief on Cheney’s rise to power." —Independent Weekly (Durham)

"Makes a persuasive case . . . that the vice-presidency is the real locus of power in the current U.S. administration: Cheney runs the show." —London Review of Books

"If you doubt that Cheney fits his sarcastic self-description as ‘the evil genius in the corner,’ [this book] will go leagues toward dispelling it." —Pittsburgh City Paper

About the Author

John Nichols is The Nation’s Washington correspondent, an editor at the Capital Times, and is co-founder of the national media reform organization Free Press. He is the author of The Rise and Rise of Richard B. Cheney and Jews for Buchanan. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press; Reprint edition (November 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595580255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595580252
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,885,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian on March 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Dick Cheney is one of the most vile figures in American history. The man took an oath to uphold the Constitution, and then undermined it at every turn, advocating passage of the PATRIOT ACT, torture, renditioning, secret offshore prisons, and other draconian police state policies. Little Dick Cheney's much-touted idea of a "unitary executive" despises Constitutional principles of checks and balances. I would love to have an interviewer press him to explain the practical difference between this idealized "unitary executive" and a dictator.

Aside from his love of police state thuggery, Cheney is best known for his love of war... provided he isn't personally required to participate. In 2003, he was one of the heavyweights pushing America into war with Iraq (on the ridiculous pretext the Saddam Hussein was a clear and present danger to the U.S. -even though Iraq wasn't even capable of putting a single airplane up in their own airspace!) You'd think a warmonger like that would have a long history of blood lust, but as a young adult, Cheney was not nearly so jingoistic. When called to serve his country in Vietnam to prevent the apocryphal "domino effect" (of worldwide spreading Communism), did Little Dick answer the call to arms with proud patriotism? No. He took an incredible FIVE deferrments to avoid service. This means that five other men had to go into harm's way -maybe even lose their lives- so Dick could party his ass off stateside. I assume that's what he was doing, since he flunked out of Yale University and got arrested for drunk driving during those years.

Like so many sociopaths, Cheney eventually gravitated to politics- and found he had a natural aptitude for it.
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Dick Cheney: Human Latrine(*)

REUTERS (AP) -- May 21, 2011

Former U.S. Vice-President and Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney has found an unusual role for himself in his post-Washington life: human latrine for the U.S. Troops stationed in Iraq.

Given that the death of Osama bin Laden has retroactively de-legitimized most of the "war on terror" actions taken by the previous, Republican, two-term administration -- one which, incidentally, took a period of unparalleled economic growth and reversed it into a financial nosedive which tripled the national debt and nearly shook the global financial warhorses to their very core -- higher-ups (esp. those who RARELY show their face in public) decided it was time to take some "evasive action" if the by-now so-called "Republican" party was to retain even a SHRED of credibility with the American public.

Enter Dick Cheney.

Cheney had been known -- for years -- as an unrepentant, unapologetic coward: a man who earned four (4) draft deferments for himself during the Vietnam war, two (2) of them occasioned by the birth of two daughters, one of whom turned out to be a lesbian (like her mother, secretly, insiders say) and the other, a rabid Ann Coulter-like ideologue who makes "her Dad look tame" (again, according to insiders, who refused to be named for this article).

Ultimately, the "ribbing" from the peer group he craved so much proved to be too much for Cheney to take, and -- given the egregious supplies-shortages our ground troops were suffering in Iraq, due to both a lack of foresight and planning on the part of the U.S.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John S. Roberts on August 16, 2007
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While I learned some new and interesting facts about the vice-president the overall tone of the book was highly offputting. It is clear that this was a hatchet job by an extreme partisan. This is NOT a real biography. I will continue to await a serious biography of this important political figure.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Strand on June 29, 2007
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An interesting read for sure, can't stand the man but atleast the book is worth a read.
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2 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Chico Rodriguez on October 27, 2006
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I didn't read the book, but Tom Bombadil "Jedi", neither did you. If you wish to comment on a book you read, write a review about the BOOK. If you have a political comment, go to the proper website to write about it there.
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