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Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (70 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen F. Hayes Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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During a forty-year career in politics, Vice President Dick Cheney has been involved in some of the most consequential decisions in recent American history. He was one of a few select advisers in the room when President Gerald Ford decided to declare an end to the Vietnam War. Nearly thirty years later, from the presidential bunker below the White House in the moments immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001, he helped shape the response: America’s global war on terror.

Yet for all of his influence, the world knows very little about Dick Cheney. The most powerful vice president in U.S. history has also been the most secretive and guarded of all public officials. “Am I the evil genius in the corner that nobody ever sees come out of his hole?” Cheney asked rhetorically in 2004. “It’s a nice way to operate, actually.”

Now, in Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President, New York Times bestselling author and Weekly Standard senior writer Stephen F. Hayes offers readers a groundbreaking view into the world of this most enigmatic man. Having had exclusive access to Cheney himself, Hayes draws upon hundreds of interviews with the vice president, his boyhood friends, political mentors, family members, reticent staffers, and senior Bush administration officials, to deliver a comprehensive portrait of one of the most important political figures in modern times.

The wide range of topics Hayes covers includes Cheney’s withdrawal from Yale; his early run-ins with the law; the incident that almost got him blackballed from working in the Ford White House; his meteoric rise to congressional leadership; his opposition to removing Saddam Hussein from power after the first Gulf War; the solo, cross-country drive he took after leaving the Pentagon; his selection as Bush’s running mate; his commanding performance on 9/11; the aggressive intelligence and interrogation measures he pushed in the aftermath of those attacks; the necessity of the Iraq War; the consequences of mistakes made during and after that war; and intelligence battles with the CIA and their lasting effects. With exhaustive reporting, Hayes shines a light into the shadows of the Bush administration and finds a very different Dick Cheney from the one America thinks it knows.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book may not convince detractors, but it sketches a vivid portrait of Cheney as an intelligent, quiet leader committed throughout his career, even as a member of Congress, to strengthening the power and authority of the executive branch.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Brian Olson | 12/23/2012

    " Good book. Dick Cheney is a very cool guy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Barron | 4/24/2011

    " Not the worst book I've ever read, but so close. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Shane | 1/14/2008

    " I already very much admired Cheney, but after reading this biography that admiration was taken to a whole new level. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Ryan | 10/6/2007

    " Hayes is *so* excited that he got to talk with Dick Cheney, and he really wants to let you know about it. Nothing revelatory in these pages, especially not about Cheney's formative years at UW Madison, which was about half the reason I picked this book up in the first place. "

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About the Author

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer for the Weekly Standard and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Connection: How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America. He has been a commentator on many television and radio broadcasts, including the Today show, Meet the Press, The Diane Rehm Show, Fox News Sunday, The O’Reilly Factor, and CNN’s Late Edition. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Wall Street Journal, the National Review, and the New York Post. He lives on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and two children.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.