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Angler : the Cheney vice presidency /
Barton Gellman.
imprint
New York : Penguin Press, 2008.
description
483 p.
ISBN
1594201862, 9781594201868
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Book
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imprint
New York : Penguin Press, 2008.
isbn
1594201862
9781594201868
catalogue key
6635444
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-05-15:
A special projects reporter at the Washington Post, Pulitzer Prize winner Gellman probes the Cheney vice presidency. No early reviews; this is embargoed. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"a forceful new study ... connecting the dots to give the reader a visceral understanding of just how Mr. Cheney maneuvered...." — Michiko Kakutani in the NYT "engrossing and informative ... the most penetrating portrait of him yet" —Jacob Heilbrunn in the NYT Book Review "this new and brilliantly researched account & went where Woodward was unable or uninterested in going.... an indispensable volume without which the Bush presidency can’t be understood." — 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." — 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." — Jon Stewart on the Daily Show "a remarkable tale extremely well told." — Clive Crook in the FT "a mesmerizing guided tour" — Tom Carson ( Esquirecritic)
"a forceful new study ... connecting the dots to give the reader a visceral understanding of just how Mr. Cheney maneuvered...." — Michiko Kakutani in the NYT "engrossing and informative ... the most penetrating portrait of him yet" —Jacob Heilbrunn in the NYT Book Review "this new and brilliantly researched account … went where Woodward was unable or uninterested in going.... an indispensable volume without which the Bush presidency can’t be understood." — 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." — 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." — Jon Stewart on the Daily Show "a remarkable tale extremely well told." — Clive Crook in the FT "a mesmerizing guided tour" — Tom Carson (Esquirecritic)
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Library Journal, May 2008
Globe & Mail, September 2008
Los Angeles Times, September 2008
New York Times Book Review, September 2008
Washington Post, September 2008
New York Times Book Review, October 2008
New York Times Full Text Review, October 2009
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Summaries
Main Description
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman’s newsbreaking investigative journalism documents how Vice President Dick Cheney redefined the role of the American vice presidency, assuming unprecedented responsibilities and making it a post of historic power. 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 Postreporter Barton Gellman parts the curtains of secrecy to show how Cheney operated, why, and what he wrought. Angler, Gellman’s embargoed and highly explosive book, 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. On the signature issues of war and peace, Anglertakes readers behind the scenes as Cheney maneuvers for dominance on what he calls the iron issues from Iraq, Iran, and North Korea to executive supremacy, interrogation of Al Qaeda suspects, and domestic espionage. Gellman explores the behind-the- scenes story of Cheney’s tremendous influence on foreign policy, exposing how he misled the four ranking members of Congress with faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, how he derailed Bush from venturing into Israeli- Palestinian peace talks for nearly five years, and how his policy left North Korea and Iran free to make major advances in their nuclear programs. Domestically, Gellman details Cheney’s role as “super Chief of Staff ”, enforcer of conservative orthodoxy; gatekeeper of Supreme Court nominees; referee of Cabinet turf; editor of tax and budget laws; and regulator in chief of the administration’s environment policy. We watch as Cheney, the ultimate Washington insider, leverages hisinfluence within the Bush administration in order to implement his policy goals. Gellman’s discoveries will surprise even the most astute students of political science. Above all, Angleris 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.
Main Description
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman’s newsbreaking investigative journalism documents how Vice President Dick Cheney redefined the role of the American vice presidency, assuming unprecedented responsibilities and making it a post of historic power. 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 Postreporter Barton Gellman parts the curtains of secrecy to show how Cheney operated, why, and what he wrought. Angler, Gellman’s embargoed and highly explosive book, 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. On the signature issues of war and peace, Anglertakes readers behind the scenes as Cheney maneuvers for dominance on what he calls the iron issues from Iraq, Iran, and North Korea to executive supremacy, interrogation of Al Qaeda suspects, and domestic espionage. Gellman explores the behind-the- scenes story of Cheney’s tremendous influence on foreign policy, exposing how he misled the four ranking members of Congress with faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, how he derailed Bush from venturing into Israeli- Palestinian peace talks for nearly five years, and how his policy left North Korea and Iran free to make major advances in their nuclear programs. Domestically, Gellman details Cheney’s role as super Chief of Staff ”, enforcer of conservative orthodoxy; gatekeeper of Supreme Court nominees; referee of Cabinet turf; editor of tax and budget laws; and regulator in chief of the administration’s environment policy. We watch as Cheney, the ultimate Washington insider, leverages hisinfluence within the Bush administration in order to implement his policy goals. Gellman’s discoveries will surprise even the most astute students of political science. Above all, Angleris 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.
Table of Contents
A very short listp. 1
A different understandingp. 31
Pivot pointsp. 61
Energy in the executivep. 81
Very hard and very quickp. 109
Enemies, foreign and domesticp. 131
Dark sidep. 159
Matching the sciencep. 195
Demonstration effectp. 215
Supply sidep. 255
Off the tracksp. 277
U-turn on Constitution Avenuep. 299
Nemesisp. 327
Regime changep. 367
Notesp. 400
Indexp. 471
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