In Days of Fire,
Peter Baker, senior White House correspondent for the New York Times, takes us on a gripping and intimate journey through
the eight years of the Bush and Cheney administration in a tour de force
narrative of a dramatic and controversial presidency.
Theirs was the most captivating American political
partnership since Nixon and Kissinger, a bold, untested president and his
seasoned, relentless vice president. Confronted by one crisis after another,
they struggled to protect the country, remake the world, and define their own
relationship along the way. In Days of
Fire, Peter Baker chronicles the history of the most consequential
presidency in modern times through the prism of its two most compelling
characters, capturing the elusive and shifting alliance of George Walker Bush
and Richard Bruce Cheney as no historian has done before. He brings to life
with in-the-room immediacy all the drama of an era marked by devastating terror
attacks, the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, and financial collapse.
The real story of Bush and Cheney is a far more fascinating
tale than the familiar suspicion that Cheney was the power behind the throne.
Drawing on hundreds of interviews with key players and thousands of pages of
never-released notes, memos, and other internal documents, Baker paints a
riveting portrait of a partnership that evolved dramatically over time, from
the early days when Bush leaned on Cheney, making him the most influential vice
president in history, to their final hours, when the two had grown so far apart
they were clashing in the West Wing. Together and separately, they were tested
as no other president and vice president have been, first on a bright September
morning—an unforgettable “day of fire” just months into the presidency—and on
countless days of fire over the course of eight tumultuous years.
Days of Fire is a
monumental and definitive work that will rank with the best of presidential
histories. As absorbing as a thriller, it is eye opening and essential reading. Download and start listening now!