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Author: Lou Dubose
ISBN: 1400065763
Language: English
Pages: 272 pages
Category: Politics & Government
Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (October 17, 2006)
Rating: 4.4
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Dick Cheney is the most powerful yet most unpopular vice president in . He has thrived alongside a president who from day one had little interest in policy and limited experience in the ways of Washington.

Dick Cheney is the most powerful yet most unpopular vice president in .

Dick Cheney has hijacked the American presidency In the words of one of Cheney's colleagues from the House: Dick keeps his own counsel. He's completely in control.  . Dick Cheney has hijacked the American presidency In the words of one of Cheney's colleagues from the House: Dick keeps his own counsel. He's completely sure of himself in everything he does. It's what got him to where he is today: the most powerful vice president to ever hold office. It's also what's bringing about his downfall. In Vice, we get an unprecedented expose of how Cheney operates and what his vice presidency will mean to America-now and in the future.

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Dick Cheney is the most powerful yet most unpopular vice president in American history.

This book is vastly more detailed, and covers more high crimes and misdemeanors, than either State of Denial, which misunderstands Bush as being in charge, or Crossing the Rubicon, which focuses primarily on Cheney’s role in first permitting 9-11, and then working assiduously to cover up his malicious malfeasance. One final scary note: in the many doomsday drills that Cheney participated in across his career and inclusive of his Vice Presidency, they always failed to reconstitute Congress. As a weekly reporter in Miami, he covered the 2000 Florida recount and the Elian Gonzalez story. From the engineering of his own selection as vice president to his support of policies allowing torture as a permissible weapon in the 'war on terror', Cheney has consistently steered America to the right. While working as a freelancer in Guatemala and El Salvador, he wrote about the destruction of the rain forest and the end of guerrilla insurgencies. In Texas, Bernstein's work on Tom DeLay's campaign-finance scandals has won multiple journalism awards.

One of the most illuminating sections of the book involves Cheney’s power consolidation as vice president

Rockefeller, the former governor of New York and a domineering figure himself, also sensed weakness in the oval office and was drawn to that for his own reasons. Apparently, Rockefeller aspired to be what Dick Cheney would later become – a de facto President of the United States (Maybe that’s where Cheney got the idea). One of the most illuminating sections of the book involves Cheney’s power consolidation as vice president. Many have wondered how and why he gathered so much power and influence.

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Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency. By Lou Dubose and Jake Bernstein. The riveting, disturbing exposé of the vice president who co-opted executive control over the . Category: Biography & Memoir Domestic Politics. government and became the shadow president of the George W. Bush administration. Dick Cheney was the most powerful yet most unpopular vice president in . He thrived alongside a president who had little interest in policy and limited experience in the ways of Washington.

Dick Cheney and the. Hijacking of the American Presidency. This electronic book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher's prior consent in any form other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

Dick Cheney is the most powerful yet most unpopular vice president in U.S. history. He has thrived alongside a president who from day one had little interest in policy and limited experience in the ways of Washington. Yet Cheney’s quiet, steady rise to prominence over a span of three decades occurred largely behind the scenes. Now veteran reporters Lou Dubose and Jake Bernstein reveal the disturbing truth about the man who has successfully co-opted executive control over the U.S. government, serving as the de facto “shadow president” of the most dominant White House in a generation.Cheney has always been an astute politician. He survived the collapse of the Nixon presidency, finding a position of power in the administration of Gerald Ford. He was then elected to the House of Representatives, and later he earned a spot in the cabinet of the first Bush presidency. But when he became George W. Bush’s running mate, Cheney reached a new level of influence. From the engineering of his own selection as vice president to his support of policies allowing torture as a permissible weapon in the “war on terror,” Cheney has steered America consistently rightward. In Vice, Dubose and Bernstein uncover startling revelations, including• the extraordinary intimidation of CIA officials by a vice president bent on obtaining intelligence to support a foregone conclusion: the invasion of Iraq• details on Cheney’s secret energy task force, including his meeting with Enron chief Ken Lay months before Lay was indicted–and how Cheney went to court to erode the powers of Congress• how Cheney helped to kill 2003 diplomatic overtures from Iran to discuss concessions on its nuclear program and policy toward Israel• Cheney’s role in engineering multibillion-dollar military contracts in Iraq to benefit Halliburton, the company he once ran• eyewitness reports from prominent Republican and conservative sources who go on record for the first time to tell the truth about how Dick Cheney has hijacked the American presidencyIn the words of one of Cheney’s colleagues from the House: “Dick keeps his own counsel. He’s completely in control. He’s completely sure of himself in everything he does. It’s what got him to where he is today: the most powerful vice president to ever hold office. It’s also what’s bringing about his downfall.” In Vice, we get an unprecedented exposé of how Cheney operates and what his vice presidency will mean to America–now and in the future.
Comments (7)
Gadar
Great book if you want to understand how messed up our form of government has become.
Winawel
Half of this book was written by Jake Bernstein. I guess when Amazon listed the credits, Jake got hijacked. This is fun reading if you are progressively inclined.
blodrayne
Book is great, Cheney is evil...
ZEr0
Every American citizen should read, an have this book in there library. Hard hitting, factual journalism. Thank you Lou, Jake.
Nten
This book shows how a weak president can be manipulated by powerful people. It reminds us how fragile our system can be.
Arcanefist
This book confirms what I already knew. Cheney is one cold hearted disgust bucket!!!
Wyameluna
VICE is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the man many have long suspected to be the puppet master behind the Bush II presidency.

In fact, we learn from authors DuBose and Bernstein that Cheney is actually referred to by secret service detail as "Edgar," a humorous reference to the ventriloquist behind the old Charley McCarthy act. But there is nothing humorous at all about this masterful "background" man who has his own ideas about how to correct what he believes to be the shrinking powers of the executive branch of the American republic. In fact, there is ample evidence to suggest Cheney truly believes in the concept of a powerful "unitary executive" who interprets Congressional law only as a "guide" when making policy decisions. This is, after all, a man who cut his teeth as a young bright star in both the Nixon and Ford White House and witnessed first-hand the demise of President Nixon through his Watergate wrongdoings.

The authors suggest that if one could peer into Cheney's heart of hearts (the soulful on -- not the one regulated by a pacemaker), one could see that Cheney truly believes America would be better off without Congress. In one of the more chilling chapters of the book, we learn that Cold Warrior Cheney has actually been rehearsing a nuclear Holocaust for years, carefully planning a replacement government that doesn't include Congress in the event of world-scale catastrophe. DuBose and Bernstein suggest that when the Soviet threat evaporated in 1989-90, 9/11 replaced the Russian bogeyman in Cheney's mind, and Cheney and Rumsfeld updated their plans accordingly -- Boy President Bush just happened to be a convenient means to accelerate and execute their plans when disaster struck. Carefully laid plans for regime change in the Middle East that Cheney and Rumsfeld had drawn up pre-9/11 fell into place after the terrorist attacks on the U.S., and Afghanistan and Iraq were to be the first in a quick succession of toppling "Axis of Evil" regimes to follow.

So much for best-laid plans.

I was at once fascinated and repelled by the dissection of the personality and mechanics of Dick Cheney, but I must admit I also developed a grudging respect for him the more I read (a view, I suspect, the authors also share). Without a doubt, VICE sheds the most light to date on this highly secretive and powerful man. My only criticism is that, in some sense, it is an unfinished work. The 25 questions for Cheney at the end of the book are excellent, and what any reader would expect from journalists of this caliber; however, one is left craving the answers to the questions (paving the way for a nice sequel, I suppose).

Finally, it should be noted that the book was published just before the Democratic takeover of Congress in Nov. 2006, and there is much speculation of Cheney's potentially illegal activities only coming to light in a Blue Congress world. My advice: buy the book, get up to speed, and write your own answers to the 25 questions posed at the end of the book. The Scooter Libby trial begins in Jan. 07.
This book is a must-read for anyone that has even once wondered why Congress refuses to question an executive branch that is the most secretive and power-hungry in American history. I used to have unadulterated hatred and zero respect for George W. Bush, and while the latter remains true, this book made me realize that he is little more than a figurehead behind Cheney's imperialistic and hegemonic foriegn policy. Cheney has thirsted for presidential power since he was Secretary of Defense in the Ford administration and now he finally has it. Every intelligent and informed citizen should read this book.