Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency
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Dick Cheney is the most powerful yet most unpopular vice
president in U.S. history. He has thrived alongside a
president who from day one had little interest in policy and
limited experience in the ways of Washington. Yet Cheneyâ€™s
quiet, steady rise to prominence over a span of three
decades occurred largely behind the scenes. Now veteran
reporters Lou Dubose and Jake Bernstein reveal the
disturbing truth about the man who has successfully co-opted
executive control over the U.S. government, serving as the
de facto "shadow president" of the most dominant White House
in a generation.
Cheney has always been an astute politician. He survived the
collapse of the Nixon presidency, finding a position of
power in the administration of Gerald Ford. He was then
elected to the House of Representatives, and later he earned
a spot in the cabinet of the first Bush presidency. But when
he became George W. Bushâ€™s running mate, Cheney reached a
new level of influence. From the engineering of his own
selection as vice president to his support of policies
allowing torture as a permissible weapon in the "war on
terror," Cheney has steered America consistently rightward.
In Vice, Dubose and Bernstein uncover startling revelations,
* the extraordinary intimidation of CIA officials by a vice
president bent on obtaining intelligence to support a
foregone conclusion: the invasion of Iraq
* details on Cheneyâ€™s secret energy task force, including
his meeting with Enron chief Ken Lay months before Lay was
indicted--and how Cheney went to court to erode the powers
* how Cheney helped to kill 2003 diplomatic overtures from
Iran to discuss concessions on its nuclear program and
policy toward Israel
* Cheneyâ€™s role in engineering multibillion-dollar military
contracts in Iraq to benefit Halliburton, the company he
* eyewitness reports from prominent Republican and
conservative sources who go on record for the first time to
tell the truth about how Dick Cheney has hijacked the
In the words of one of Cheneyâ€™s colleagues from the House:
"Dick keeps his own counsel. Heâ€™s completely in control.
Heâ€™s completely sure of himself in everything he does. Itâ€™s
what got him to where he is today: the most powerful vice
president to ever hold office. Itâ€™s also whatâ€™s bringing
about his downfall." In Vice, we get an unprecedented exposĂ©
of how Cheney operates and what his vice presidency will
mean to America--now and in the future.
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