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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (645 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barton Gellman Narrator: Brian Keith Lewis Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 rake on the full scope of Cheney's work and its consequences, including his hidden tole in the Bush administration's most fateful choices in war: shifting focus from aI Qaeda to Iraq, unleashing the National Security Agency to spy at home, and promoting cruel and inhuman methods of interrogation.

Packed with fresh insights and untold stories, Angler describes a man of deep conviction and remorseless will who reshaped his office and his times. Dick Cheney played a paramount role in decisions that ranged from war and peace to the economy, the environment, and the meaning of the law. His hand was often unseen even by colleagues. Gellman parts the curtains of secrecy to show how the vice president operated and what he wrought.

Angler tracks Cheney's trajectory through two terms as a loyal and valued adviser who nonetheless posed dangers to the president he served. In one riveting narrative, Gellman describes a lengthy crisis over NSA surveillance in which Cheney's close hold on information left even George Bush out of the loop. BlackBerry messages, contemporary notes, and on-the-record interviews rake us inside urgent meetings in the vice president's office, the Situation Room, the White House counsel's living room, and the president's private study.

In documentary detail, Gellman shows how Cheney's unyielding course brought Bush to the brink of ruin before the president veered away. Cheney redefined his job before he even joined the ticket in 2000 .

Angler offers vivid details of his selection as running mate, his command of the presidential transition, and his habit of reaching down to steer Bush's options. September 11 amplified Cheney's importance , and Gellman shows how he guided the war on terror to Iraq, domestic espionage, glove... Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thomas Ptacek | 2/16/2014

    " Ends with a thud, like the administration it documents. The first half is riveting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adrienne Taylor | 2/1/2014

    " While this is not a pro-Cheney book, Gellman does a good job of presenting facts without sounding preachy. He shines light on a mysterious politician. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by B | 2/1/2014

    " 973.931 G This is so well written, I'm actually enjoying reading about Dick Cheney! Insights into how things work in the White House and Executive Building are also very interesting as well as learning about some of the other players in the last eight years such as Rumsfeld, Addington, etc. Even for people that follow the news regularly, there's alot in here that just didn't make it to the media at the time but are important to knowing what lead to the war in Irag and other Cheney initatives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Irene | 1/27/2014

    " I didn't like this book because I like Dick Cheney, I liked it because it finally satisfied my curiousity about how things worked during the Bush/Cheney years. It was fascinating to read how Cheney, in true Machievellian fashion, used his knowledge of how government works -- gathered over years as an administration insider -- to move forward his own agenda, often without Bush's full understanding of what was going on. He was brilliant and masterful at manipulating information and people to get his policies adopted, without things being tracable to him. The book gives a clear sense of Cheney's motives and philosophies, and where he and Bush differed. He was brilliant, devious, secretive and powerful. Too bad his ideology was so negative. "

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