Dick: The Man Who Is President

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Here is the definitive portrait of the ultimate power broker by “the toughest, most in-your-face investigative reporter in the U.S.A.” (Greg Palast). Dick Cheney sets energy policy. He guided the nation into war with Iraq. And, working closely with Karl Rove, he oversees the political infrastructure that allows corporate interests and the religious right to control lawmaking, regulation, the selection of judges, and the development of foreign policy. As John Dean put it, “This ...

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Overview

Here is the definitive portrait of the ultimate power broker by “the toughest, most in-your-face investigative reporter in the U.S.A.” (Greg Palast). Dick Cheney sets energy policy. He guided the nation into war with Iraq. And, working closely with Karl Rove, he oversees the political infrastructure that allows corporate interests and the religious right to control lawmaking, regulation, the selection of judges, and the development of foreign policy. As John Dean put it, “This page-turner closes the case: Cheney is our de facto president.”

With an emboldened administration that has turned a thin victory into a renewed mandate—rewarding ideologues and purging dissenters—John Nichols’s question is more urgent than ever: can this nation survive four more years of Dick Cheney?

The Rise and Rise of Richard B. Cheney draws on groundbreaking reporting—including exclusive interviews with Cheney’s college professors, Nelson Mandela, Gore Vidal, and political insiders.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Instructive, offering a blow-by-blow brief on Cheney’s rise to power.” — Independent Weekly (Durham)

“Makes a persuasive case . . . that the vice-presidency is the real locus of power in the current U.S. administration: Cheney runs the show.” — London Review of Books

Publishers Weekly
That George W. Bush is a bumbling "president in name only" and that Dick Cheney holds the real power in the administration is a familiar position, and Nichols, Washington correspondent for the Nation, takes it with an unsubtle, repetitive hammering of its main features. Righteousness colors otherwise compelling, in-depth considerations of matters such as Cheney's evasion of military service during the Vietnam War and his archconservative voting record as a congressman. Nichols has a lot of cogent and well-collated material about his subject's "hustling for power," both in Washington and as the CEO of Halliburton, but he occasionally overreaches, as when he suggests that then-secretary of defense Cheney's pressure to maintain military spending levels after the end of the Cold War shaped the rise in terrorist activities leading up to 9/11. In addition, overlong sidebars derail the main argument, at times adding little more to the debate than petty sniggering over the future vice-president's poor college record and his wife's lesbian romance novel. But at his best, Nichols asks tough questions that went largely unanswered during the last presidential election. (Sept. 22) Forecast: This book is like a Fahrenheit 9/11 for Cheney, who barely appears in that movie; expect some sales on the title's lowbrow chutzpah alone. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
It is not difficult to understand why the publisher of this biography of Vice President Dick Cheney promotes it as "highly unauthorized." Reminiscent of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9-11, it is certainly not flattering; nor is it fair and balanced. Nichols, the Washington correspondent for the Nation, seems less interested in presenting a thorough treatment of Cheney's life than in raising questions many of them excellent and valid but some artificial about Cheney's political beliefs and his motivation and qualification for public office. There are gaps in this account, e.g., Cheney's earliest years, college years at the University of Wyoming, and time in Congress, which make it difficult to regard the book as a serious biography. Yet in this campaign season, many readers will appreciate the light Nichols has shed on Cheney, a self-described behind-the-scenes player who has enormous influence on the President. Given the highly partisan nature of this book, librarians should base their purchase decision on the sophistication and interests of their readers. Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes-Barre, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565848405
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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“If you doubt that Cheney fits his sarcastic self-description as ‘the evil genius in the corner,’ [this book] will go leagues toward dispelling it.” — Pittsburgh City Paper
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Dressed up like a cowboy 11
Ch. 2 Deferred patriotism 33
Ch. 3 Dick rising 43
Ch. 4 Apartheid's congressman 73
Ch. 5 Pocketing the peace dividend 103
Ch. 6 CEO of the U.S.A. 129
Ch. 7 Unnatural selection 165
Ch. 8 Dick Cheney's war 197
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