Cheney

Cheney

The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President

Book - 2007
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A profile based on exclusive interviews with the vice president and such intimates as his childhood friends, family members, and senior Bush Administration officials provides insight into his enigmatic personality and long-standing political career. By the author of The Connection.

HARPERCOLL

During a forty-year career in politics, Vice President Dick Cheney has been involved in some of the most consequential decisions in recent American history. He was one of a few select advisers in the room when President Gerald Ford decided to declare an end to the Vietnam War. Nearly thirty years later, from the presidential bunker below the White House in the moments immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001, he helped shape the response: America's global war on terror.

Yet for all of his influence, the world knows very little about Dick Cheney. The most powerful vice president in U.S. history has also been the most secretive and guarded of all public officials. "Am I the evil genius in the corner that nobody ever sees come out of his hole?" Cheney asked rhetorically in 2004. "It's a nice way to operate, actually."

Now, in Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President, New York Times bestselling author and Weekly Standard senior writer Stephen F. Hayes offers readers a groundbreaking view into the world of this most enigmatic man. Having had exclusive access to Cheney himself, Hayes draws upon hundreds of interviews with the vice president, his boyhood friends, political mentors, family members, reticent staffers, and senior Bush administration officials, to deliver a comprehensive portrait of one of the most important political figures in modern times.

The wide range of topics Hayes covers includes Cheney's withdrawal from Yale; his early run-ins with the law; the incident that almost got him blackballed from working in the Ford White House; his meteoric rise to congressional leadership; his opposition to removing Saddam Hussein from power after the first Gulf War; the solo, cross-country drive he took after leaving the Pentagon; his selection as Bush's running mate; his commanding performance on 9/11; the aggressive intelligence and interrogation measures he pushed in the aftermath of those attacks; the necessity of the Iraq War; the consequences of mistakes made during and after that war; and intelligence battles with the CIA and their lasting effects. With exhaustive reporting, Hayes shines a light into the shadows of the Bush administration and finds a very different Dick Cheney from the one America thinks it knows.



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Hayes (a senior editor for the Weekly Standard) has written a number of pieces (not to mention the 2004 book, The Connection) supportive of the idea of a significant relationship between former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, writings that were cited by Vice President Cheney as "the best source of information" on the topic in support of the argument for invading and occupying Iraq (given that the National Intelligence Estimate, the 9/11 Commission, and numerous other sources had dismissed the idea of such a relationship), in addition to numerous other pieces supportive of the Bush administration. Clearly viewed as a friendly journalist, Hayes was granted unprecedented access to the Vice President and those around him in order to fashion this uncritical political biography. The result is a narrative that describes Cheney's career in the public and private sectors in largely favorable terms and that generally echoes the views of the Bush administration, Cheney's office in particular, and is dismissive of critics on some of the most controversial issues of the so-called "War on Terror." Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A profile based on exclusive interviews with the vice president and such intimates as his childhood friends, family members, and senior Bush administration officials provides insight into his enigmatic personality and long-standing political career.
During a forty-year career in politics, Vice President Dick Cheney has been involved in some of the most consequential decisions in recent American history. Yet for all of his influence, the world knows very little about the most powerful vice president in U.S. history, among the most secretive and guarded of all public officials. Journalist Hayes draws upon hundreds of interviews with the vice president, his boyhood friends, political mentors, family members, reticent staffers, and senior Bush administration officials, to deliver a comprehensive portrait. The topics covered include Cheney's withdrawal from Yale; his days in the Ford White House; his meteoric rise to congressional leadership; his opposition to removing Saddam Hussein from power after thefirst Gulf War; his selection as Bush's running mate; his performance on 9/11 and the aggressive measures he pushed in the aftermath; the Iraq War; and intelligence battles with the CIA and their lasting effects.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060723460
0060723467
Characteristics: xii, 578 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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naturalist
Sep 13, 2015

see also: . . .
“Cheney's War Crimes: The Reign of a de Facto President”
by Holcomb B. Noble
published Authorhouse, 2013, ISBN-10: 1477269789 . . . ISBN-13: 978-1477269787 . . .
and
"United States of Secrets - the Inside Story of the Government's Mass Surveillance Program" . .
PBS Frontline DVD 2014, ISBN: 978-1-62789-058-8

mdsdad2cn1 Aug 11, 2015

I agree with pokano. As the regressive media and the democrat party could not have villified the G.W.Bush Administration any more than they did, possibly five percent could have been accurate - me being insanely generous!

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pokano
Jan 12, 2013

I believed the author's descriptions of Cheney's early life, his personality, and his career in the Ford Administration. I'm willing to believe the implication that Cheney was always very conservative but was willing and able to subordinate his own political beliefs to carry out Ford's. I'm also willing to believe that Cheney did not run Bush's VP selection process with the idea that he would be the VP. Where I part company with the narrative is this conservative journalist's description of the Administration's and Cheney's conduct re Saddam Hussein, the Iraq War, and WMD's. According to the author, everything bad sad about Cheney and the Administration was a lie propagated by the Democratic Party and the liberal media. Give me a break.

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