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Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency

by Barton Gellman

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This detailed look at the Cheney vice-presidency comes across as a balanced, but damning, look at the consummate staffer's eight years as vice president of the United States. Some of what Gellman documents will surely provide fodder for later analysis, so this is a book well worth reading. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
The man is truly the Prince of Darkness. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Largely a gossipy book focused on the personalities surrounding the Vice President. The author mentions the central, post-9/11 legal issues without seriously considering the different reasoning underlying the various viewpoints of those legal issues. The book was somewhat entertaining. ( )
  Joe24 | Jun 11, 2010 |
This book, by a investigative reporter who won a Pulitzer prize for the reporting which gave rise to a series on which his book is based, is fascinating reading and, for anyone not aware of Cheney's powerful and doleful role in the Bush Administration, eye-opening. Cheney is shown to be the one mainly responisble for what Republican Dick Armey called "probably the greatest foreign policy blunder in modern times"--the invasion of Iraq. The book is full of carefully compiled information, fully sourced, and showing how grateful we should be that Cheney is now just a carping critic rather than in a position to do the nation greater harm. Chapter 12 is as thrilling an account as one can find and would be deemed improbable or incredible if it were in a novel--it tells of the effort to get Ashcroft to sign a document while in the hospital. ( )
4 vote Schmerguls | Jun 15, 2009 |
This book rearranged my opinion of the Bush presidency by revealing the symbiotic relationship and the unusual balance of power between the two men at the top. They each served the other's purposes. Bush, because he was not interested in details and didn't like to focus on the individual layers of complex problems, routinely lobbed those responsibilities to the VP or else ignored them and, by creating a vacuum, gave Cheney countless opportunities to apply his philosophy of leadership and unusual administrative acumen to execution of the national agenda. For Cheney, Bush's preference for concentrating on broader issues and his reliance on Cheney as a confidante resulted in an administration whose president was spokesman for an agenda set or at least thoroughly vetted by a vice president of unprecedented influence.

Gellman's ability to draw information from sources close to the vice president is truly impressive and part of what makes this book so compelling. His revelations are all the more fascinating because they are written in the clear, succinct language that we hope for from journalists but don't always find. ( )
  blisssu | Mar 28, 2009 |
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Dick Cheney changed history, defining his times and shaping a White House as no vice president has before--yet concealing most of his work from public view. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman shows how Cheney operated, why, and what he wrought. This is a work of careful, concrete, and original reporting backed by hundreds of interviews with close Cheney allies as well as rivals, many speaking candidly on the record for the first time. It is a study of the inner workings of the Bush administration and the vice president's central role as the administration's canniest power player. Gellman exposes the mechanics of Cheney's largely successful post-September 11 campaign to win unchecked power for the commander in chief, and reflects upon, and perhaps changes, the legacy that Cheney--and the Bush administration as a whole--will leave as they exit office.--From publisher description.… (more)

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