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Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency Hardcover – September 16, 2008
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"a forceful new study ... connecting the dots to give the reader a visceral understanding of just how Mr. Cheney maneuvered...."
a Michiko Kakutani in the "NYT"
"engrossing and informative ... the most penetrating portrait of him yet"
aJacob Heilbrunn in the "NYT Book Review"
"this new and brilliantly researched account a] went where Woodward was unable or uninterested in going.... an indispensable volume without which the Bush presidency canat be understood."
a Steve Clemons in the "American Conservative"
"Until now I assumed it would take decades ... for an author (say, some future Robert Caro) to uncover and describe Cheney's secretive role."
a James Mann in the "WP"
"It's unbelievable. I mean, get this. Just spend one night reading it by the fire, and see if you can sleep again." a Jon Stewart on the "Daily Show"
"a remarkable tale extremely well told."
a Clive Crook in the "FT"
"a mesmerizing guided tour"
a Tom Carson ("Esquire" critic)
"Jaw-dropping . . . It reads like a thriller."
-Nicholas D. Kristof, "The New York Times"
""Angler" could well turn out to be the most revealing account of Cheney's activities as vice president that ever gets written"
-James Mann, "The Washington Post" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Barton Gellman is a special projects reporter on the national staff of The Washington Post, following tours as diplomatic correspondent, Jerusalem bureau chief, Pentagon correspondent, and D.C. Superior Court reporter. He shared the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 and has won honors from the Overseas Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, and American Society of Newspaper Editors. Gellman graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and earned a masterÂs degree in politics at University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of Contending With Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power.
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It's sad to see the President willingly go along with this because of his lack of interest in detail and the inability of his personal staff to get traction to challenge Mr. Cheney's decisions, etc. It's not until the acting Attorney General and the head of the FBI threaten to resign and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld leaves the Cabinet that the President begins to assert himself and the VP's grip on power begins to loosen.
One thing missing in this book is Condeleza Rice's role in putting power back into the hands of the President. Perhaps that's another story.
Shame on our current Congress for not doing their job .......the Founding Fathers did not want government service to be a lifetime job but that is what it is for many of them now in 2014. God help us all.
The author claims he didn't write this book with any preconceived axe to grind. It is supposed to be impartial but good information reveals Cheney to be a rather sinister manipulator who does it his way without regard for any thing else.
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