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"[A] triumph of reporting on a figure who, in a public life that reaches back some forty years, has demonstrated unparalleled skills at remaining unknown and unknowable....Gellman's book may well be the fullest account we will ever get of its subject." Sam Tanenhaus, The New Republic (Read the entire New Republic review)

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellma‛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 Post reporter Barton Gellman parts the curtains of secrecy to show how Cheney operated, why, and what he wrought.

Angler, Gellma‛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, Angler takes 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 Chene‛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 Chene‛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 administratio‛s environment policy. We watch as Cheney, the ultimate Washington insider, leverages his influence within the Bush administration in order to implement his policy goals. Gellma‛s discoveries will surprise even the most astute students of political science.

Above all, Angler is a study of the inner workings of the Bush administration and the vice presiden‛s central role as the administratio‛s canniest power player. Gellman exposes the mechanics of Chene‛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.

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Once a generation or so, an individual comes to master the inner workings of Washington in such a way as to change history. Lyndon Johnson understood Congress like no one else, and the result was pathbreaking civil rights legislation. Henry Kissinger figured out the foreign-policy bureaucracy and altered the dynamics of the Cold War.

And so it is with Vice President Dick Cheney, who... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gellman 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.

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The landmark exposand#233; of the most powerful and secretive vice president in American history

Barton Gellman shared the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for a keen-edged reckoning with Dick Cheney?s domestic agenda in The Washington Post. In Angler, Gellman goes far beyond that series to take on the full scope of Cheney?s work and its consequences, including his hidden role in the Bush administration?s most fateful choices in war: shifting focus from al Qaeda to Iraq, unleashing the National Security Agency to spy at home, and promoting ?cruel and inhumane? methods of interrogation. Packed with fresh insights and untold stories, Gellman parts the curtains of secrecy to show how the vice president operated and what he wrought.

Synopsis:

The landmark exposé of the most powerful and secretive vice president in American history

Barton Gellman shared the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for a keen-edged reckoning with Dick Cheney?s domestic agenda in The Washington Post. In Angler, Gellman goes far beyond that series to take on the full scope of Cheney?s work and its consequences, including his hidden role in the Bush administration?s most fateful choices in war: shifting focus from al Qaeda to Iraq, unleashing the National Security Agency to spy at home, and promoting ?cruel and inhumane? methods of interrogation. Packed with fresh insights and untold stories, Gellman parts the curtains of secrecy to show how the vice president operated and what he wrought.

About the Author

Barton Gellman is a special projects reporter at The Washington Post, following tours that covered diplomacy, the Middle East, the Pentagon, and the D.C. superior court. His Cheney series, with partner Jo Becker, won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize, a George Polk Award, and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Gellman also shared a Pulitzer for national reporting in 2002, and his work has been honored by the Overseas Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Gellman graduated with highest honors from Princeton University and earned a master’s 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. Gellman lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Anger Chapter One. A Very Short List

Chapter Two. A Different Understanding

Chapter Three. Pivot Points

Chapter Four. Energy in the Executive

Chapter Five. Very Hard and Very Quick

Chapter Six. Enemies, Foreign and Domestic

Chapter Seven. Dark Side

Chapter Eight. Matching the Science

Chapter Nine. Demonstration Effect

Chapter Ten. Supply Side

Chapter Eleven. Off the Tracks

Chapter Twelve. U-turn on Constitution Avenue

Chapter Thirteen. Nemesis

Chapter Fourteen. Regime Change

Afterword

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

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shanna_jacobson, January 14, 2009 (view all comments by shanna_jacobson)
This book is brilliant and for anyone who truly loves their country (not just their political party), it should be considered mandatory reading. Gelman is a fantastic writer, so at no point did I feel like I was wading through or bogged down by the material. In fact, I found the book so gripping, it was hard to put down. While I'm no fan of the Bush/Cheney administration, I was very pleased by Gelman's objectivity (I'm not into divisive partisanship, thank you very much) and this isn't a Cheney-bashing diatribe. The author sticks to the facts, talks to the key players, and has incredible source notes (70 pages worth), so you know the information's reputable and that he's done his homework and then some. The chapter involving Jim Comey will make your hair stand on end (we citizens owe Mr Comey the hugest of thank yous for his service to and defense of this country). In summary, READ THIS BOOK and get all your family and friends to read it too!
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Dr. Rico, December 11, 2008 (view all comments by Dr. Rico)
A perceptive and comprehensive look at the elusive man one heartbeat away from the presidency. Gellman's reporting is astonishing, compiling the bits and pieces of Vice President Cheney's actions and writings into a coherent portrait of a man driven by a deep devotion to secrecy and loyalty, a philosophical attachment to extensive executive power, and a fear of catastrophe so great that he is willing to sacrifice law and peace to defend against it. This book is only competently written, but dazzlingly reported. Indispensable to understanding the man.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594201868
Subtitle:
The Cheney Vice Presidency
Author:
Gellman, Barton
Author:
Gellman, Bart
Publisher:
Penguin Press HC, The
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
Vice-presidents
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Cheney, Richard B
Copyright:
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
20080916
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-page b/w photo insert on text stock
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.6 x 1.12 in 0.93 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review A Day" by , "[A] triumph of reporting on a figure who, in a public life that reaches back some forty years, has demonstrated unparalleled skills at remaining unknown and unknowable....Gellman's book may well be the fullest account we will ever get of its subject." (Read the entire New Republic review)
"Synopsis" by , Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gellman 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
The landmark exposand#233; of the most powerful and secretive vice president in American history

Barton Gellman shared the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for a keen-edged reckoning with Dick Cheney?s domestic agenda in The Washington Post. In Angler, Gellman goes far beyond that series to take on the full scope of Cheney?s work and its consequences, including his hidden role in the Bush administration?s most fateful choices in war: shifting focus from al Qaeda to Iraq, unleashing the National Security Agency to spy at home, and promoting ?cruel and inhumane? methods of interrogation. Packed with fresh insights and untold stories, Gellman parts the curtains of secrecy to show how the vice president operated and what he wrought.

"Synopsis" by ,
The landmark exposé of the most powerful and secretive vice president in American history

Barton Gellman shared the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for a keen-edged reckoning with Dick Cheney?s domestic agenda in The Washington Post. In Angler, Gellman goes far beyond that series to take on the full scope of Cheney?s work and its consequences, including his hidden role in the Bush administration?s most fateful choices in war: shifting focus from al Qaeda to Iraq, unleashing the National Security Agency to spy at home, and promoting ?cruel and inhumane? methods of interrogation. Packed with fresh insights and untold stories, Gellman parts the curtains of secrecy to show how the vice president operated and what he wrought.

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