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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 Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781440613296
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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 role in the Bush administration’s most fateful choices in war: shifting focus from al-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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Until now, I assumed it would take decades, the eventual declassification of documents, and considerably more historical perspective for an author (say, some future Robert Caro) to uncover and describe Cheney’s secretive role. But Barton Gellman’s outstanding new book, Angler, could well turn out to be the most revealing account of Cheney’s activities as vice president that ever gets written…There will almost certainly be no vice president as powerful as Cheney for decades, and no account of what he has wrought that is as compelling as this book.”

    Washington Post

  • “What Angler does most impressively is flesh out this portrait with new details, connecting the dots to give the reader a visceral understanding of just how Mr. Cheney maneuvered within the administration, frequently circumventing traditional policy-making channels, and sidestepping potential dissenters to get what he wanted.”

    New York Times

  • Winner of the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/12/2014

    " I enjoyed the book. I certainly learned our political system is very complicated with positions I have never heard of. Cheney is a larger than life character. His actions that were described intrigued and disturbed me. It made me wonder whether he really believed he was doing the right thing. I have to believe that 8 cardiac arrests is going to impair his judgment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 1/7/2014

    " Saw the interview with Gellman on the Daily show. Im fascinated with Chaney, hes a creep but there seems to be a different side to him. I'm not saying hes ok but I want to know more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 7/11/2013

    " A great book, but too difficult for me to read. Confer the review of "Vice," another book on this page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 6/26/2013

    " Great, nuanced, and detailed account about Dick Cheney's role as VP. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Hilley | 5/14/2013

    " Very interesting view of Cheney - the White House - and govt in general "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/1/2013

    " A world-opening book for those of us who do not follow politics closely. An incredible inside look at the man who shaped the Bush presidency via the personality, world view, and ambition of Dick Cheney. Machiavellian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 3/14/2013

    " Excellent book. Riveting reading about Dick Cheney. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 3/2/2013

    " some parts were well researched but in the end bias crept in... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 1/26/2013

    " After reading this book there is no other way to describe Dick Cheney other than he is a very dangerous man! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shandra | 10/16/2012

    " Dick Cheney conducting himself as President, amazing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beryl (Brown) Piccolantonio | 8/31/2012

    " Worth the read-learned lots I had either forgotten or didn't know, but the out of chronological order narrative kind of made me crazy. Confirmed my feeling that Condoleeza Rice was not respected in the way she deserved to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/1/2012

    " You can't understand this decade without reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 8/10/2011

    " Truly scary book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/28/2011

    " Let's just say the author earned his Pulitzer Prize. Perhaps the most revealing and important studies of the George W. Bush presidency. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 10/5/2010

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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 6/9/2010

    " Great insight into our mysterious and maligned (wrongly and rightly) VP. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 3/13/2010

    " Very interesting account of how many policy decisions were reached during George W. Bush's two terms as president.
    Exhaustively researched, this is very in-depth, and you practically need a chart of all the players. I recommend it, but it is not a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 3/9/2010

    " Neutral account of the Cheney vice-presidency. The author portrays the political genius and the dangerous ideologies in wonderful clarity. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Now I understand who really had the power in the Bush administration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 2/18/2010

    " A good read for anyone interested in understanding the radical changes brought about in the Bush-Cheney administration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 1/18/2010

    " While Cheney may have over reached, he seems, according to the author, always to have done so because of his fears of the terror threat and his belief in the unitary presidency. Still comes across as a Machiavelian true believer. One has to remember the road to which good intentions lead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 10/17/2009

    " Excellent, excellent book. While I borrowed this book from the library, it is definitely one to own for reference. Considering the subject matter, I think this book was about as non-partisan as it could be. "

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