The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President
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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
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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