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Dick: The Man Who Is President Hardcover – September 22, 2004
"The Best 'Worst President'" by Mark Hannah and Bob Staake
A noted political commentator and renowned New Yorker illustrator team up to give Barack Obama the victory lap he deserves. Learn more
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Top Customer Reviews
John Nichols is one of the finest journalists of our times, and this book will only cement his reputation.
Paul O'Neill (ex-treasury sec'y) in his great book "Price of Loyalty" wrote that Bush exercises 3 times a day, and has no more than 3 policy meetings a week, while Clinton had 3 a *day*.
SO WHILE GWB IS OUT RUNNING, WHO IS RUNNING THE COUNTRY?
WHEN 9/11 HAPPENNED WHO WAS IN THE CONTROL CENTER CALLING THE SHOTS?
In the current whitehouse, (unprecedented) Cheney is the "CEO" and everyone reports to HIM, not Bush!
It kinda explains why the US attacked Iraq. Cheney and pals thought this war up 12 years ago and finally got to do it. Bush is self-admittedly "not a reader" and Cheney supervises the 1-page briefs he gets.
This book not only convinced me to vote for Kerry, It made me want to run out and do everything I can to get him elected!!!
The scariest thing to me about Cheney is his secrecy. He started with Rumsfeld under Nixon... say no more. only he is doing a better job of the secrecy/enemies list thing.
Read up on Cheneys votes when he was in congress.
Against: Freeing Nelson Mandela
For: Cop-killer Bullets
The web of intrigue, the devious machinations of a man who has power that he is not qualified for, and the repercussions of his actions (and the inactions of Bush), reads like a spy novel. It is very worrying to see how one man and his cronies can drive a country in to the ground in just 4 years...
Recommended reading - Democrats should be quoting from this book!
When George Bush the Elder was concerned about his son the Texas governor not possessing the knowledge and experience to tackle the presidency, while remaining bullish at the prospect of having him in the White House, his thoughts turned toward the veteran Dick Cheney, who had served the older Bush as his secretary of defense during the 1991 Gulf War. Cheney had a long resume, which included becoming the youngest White House chief of staff in history at 34 under President Gerald Ford. He had also served in the House of Representatives from Wyoming, where he achieved leadership in the conservative ranks and compiled an inflexibly right wing voting record.
Cheney was devoid of charisma and his one effort to attract attention in a trial run for the presidency ended with a flat tire before the first primary of 1996. Shortly afterwards, while fly-fishing off the coast of New Brunswick in Nova Scotia, Cheney met executives from the multi national Texas-based oil services provider, Halliburton Corporation. They liked Cheney's government accessibility as a former secretary of defense and congressional leader and were then looking for a new chief executive officer. Cheney and the executives agreed they could help each other and the political veteran signed on.Read more ›
John Nichols does a very detailed and well-researched job of showing who the man is behind the curtain of the boy-king. With exactly one month to go, if you are undecided on who to vote for, you owe it to yourself to learn a little bit about the man who took us to war.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book tells the history of Dick Cheney. He came into politics during the Nixon
administration. It traces his roots from childhood to present. Read more
Nichols did not intend for his book to be a humorous novel, but by gosh it is. It is so full of extremes. Read morePublished on August 20, 2007 by Carla Fair-Wright
Cheney is a powerful VP, a very well respected man in Washington and obviously a sharp individual as his resume shows. Bush and Cheney won 2 elections. Read morePublished on October 28, 2005 by Dakar
When I read a biography, I expect two main areas to be covered: what the person did, or has done, in their life, and *why*. Read morePublished on September 2, 2005 by R. Spottiswood
George Bush may officially hold the power, but Dick Cheney is the real man in office: that's the message of John Nichols' Dick: The Man Who Is President, an unauthorized first... Read morePublished on May 11, 2005 by Midwest Book Review
While I share many of the same critiques of teh Vice President as the author (although not all) this book really lacks some depth. Read morePublished on March 8, 2005 by George
Mr. Nichols sweeps aside the curtain and shows us the real Wizard. Unfortunately for Shrub, Mr. Nichols doesn't ascribe much power to the Presidency. Read morePublished on February 15, 2005 by Old Audio
Credit for the quip above goes to former White House official John DiIulio, who used it to describe the Bush-Cheney administration. Read morePublished on January 17, 2005 by doomsdayer520
This book is two things, I think: a brief Cheney bio and an expose of what has to be the worst-kept secret in American political history. Read morePublished on January 7, 2005 by A. Abruzzese