Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet

Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet

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by James Mann, Jim Mann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0670032999

ISBN-13: 9780670032990

Pub. Date: 03/08/2004

Publisher: Viking Penguin

When George W. Bush campaigned for the White House, he was such a novice in foreign policy that he couldn't name the president of Pakistan and momentarily suggested he thought the Taliban was a rock-and-roll band. But he relied upon a group called the Vulcans -- an inner circle of advisers with a long, shared experience in government, dating back to the Nixon, Ford,…  See more details below

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When George W. Bush campaigned for the White House, he was such a novice in foreign policy that he couldn't name the president of Pakistan and momentarily suggested he thought the Taliban was a rock-and-roll band. But he relied upon a group called the Vulcans -- an inner circle of advisers with a long, shared experience in government, dating back to the Nixon, Ford, Reagan and first Bush administrations. After returning to power in 2001, the Vulcans were widely expected to restore U.S. foreign policy to what it had been under George H. W. Bush and previous Republican administrations. Instead, the Vulcans put America on an entirely new and different course, adopting a far-reaching set of ideas that changed the world and America's role in it. Rise of the Vulcans is nothing less than a detailed, incisive thirty-five-year history of the top six members of the Vulcans -- Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Armitage, and Condoleezza Rice -- and the era of American dominance they represent. It is the story of the lives, ideas and careers of Bush's war cabinet -- the group of Washington insiders who took charge of America's response to September 11 and led the nation into its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Separately, each of these stories sheds astonishing light not only on the formative influences that brought these nascent leaders from obscurity to the pinnacle of power, but also on the experiences, conflicts and competitions that prefigured their actions on the present world stage. Taken together, the individuals in this book represent a unique generation in American history -- a generation that might be compared to the "wise men" who shaped American policy after World War II or the "best and brightest" who prosecuted the war in Vietnam. Over the past three decades, since the time of Vietnam, these individuals have gradually led the way in shaping a new vision of an unchallengeable America seeking to dominate the globe through its military power.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670032990
Publisher:
Viking Penguin
Publication date:
03/08/2004
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.51(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
1A Rising Politician Amid War and Dirty Tricks1
2The Intellectual as Protege21
3A Soldier and a Sailor37
4Combating the Soviets, Detente and Henry Kissinger56
5Enter the Persian Gulf79
6Transitions95
7Camelot of the Conservatives112
8Of Dictatorships and Democracy127
9In the Midst of Armageddon138
10A Scandal and Its Aftermath150
11A New Republican President, a New Foreign Policy Team165
12Use of Force179
13Death of an Empire, Birth of a Vision198
14Vulcans in Exile216
15A Vulcan Agenda234
16The Campaign248
17Who Runs the Pentagon?261
18Warnings and Signals277
19History Starts Today294
20A New Strategy311
21Toward War with Iraq332
Conclusion359
Acknowledgments373
Notes377
Index411

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Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author brings to life the 'War Cabinet' in such a way that I felt I was present with each one, as if looking over their shoulder. The delivery is crisp, clear and doesn't give the immpresion of having a political agenda. I find that much of the current writing with political agendas and bias is a diservice -- this book has none of that. We can generate our own opinions without being led by the hand. Fine piece of work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great history of the Bush War Cabinet and their journey through the last 35 years. Great insight into the thinking of these great intellects and it is a definite page turner.