Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Barton GellmanThe administration of George W. Bush has already produced a remarkable body of contemporary history from a large group of talented journalists and writers — Jane Mayer, Thomas E. Hersh, James Mann and many others. But in the last year, several members of the Bush administration have retaliated with books of their own. Both books have received mostly negative reviews — largely deserved. None of this seems to have had much impact on their sales.
Memories of the Bush Administration
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Through the closed door we can still hear him cackling. In the early nineteen-sixties, Cheney dropped out of Yale twice, but one professor there made a deep impression on him. That was H. Bradford Westerfield, a diplomatic historian who believed that it was possible that the United States would fall victim to a Communist takeover. And then the shocking thing was that you would enter the classroom and here would be all these nice young people who honestly wanted to learn to write an essay. It was skeptical of power exercised by the United Nations and other multinational alliances, as opposed to that exercised by the United States unilaterally. It is what might be called threatism.
Bush asked a group of historians for advice on writing his memoirs. Public opinion was savagely against him. His record as a war leader, for many on the left, amounted to a bumper-sticker indictment: "Bush Lied, People Died". Conservative spending hawks railed at his bail-outs for banks and the car industry. Nativists in Congress took pride at having blocked his liberal immigration reform. After the Ozymandian collapse of the Bush era, many on the right denounced the president as a lover of big government and not really a conservative at all. Mr Bush surprised the visiting historians twice over, according to a fine new book about his time in office, " Days of Fire ", by Peter Baker, a long-serving White House correspondent.
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Senator John McCain stated that Cheney did not accurately recount their private conversations and meetings. From day one George Bush made clear he wanted me to help govern To the extent that this created a unique arrangement in our history, with a vice president playing a significant role in the key policy issues of the day, it was George Bush's arrangement. The Washington Post ran a negative review by associate editor Robert G. Kaiser praised the early sections of the book showing Cheney's "rise from humble origins" as an interesting story "briskly told. Kaiser wrote,. He never comes to grips with the fact— so frustrating to him, obviously— that Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction.