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The Resource Days of fire : Bush and Cheney in the White House, Peter Baker

Days of fire : Bush and Cheney in the White House, Peter Baker

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Days of fire : Bush and Cheney in the White House
Title
Days of fire
Title remainder
Bush and Cheney in the White House
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Peter Baker
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Language
eng
Summary
A senior White House correspondent presents a history of the Bush and Cheney White House years that shares anecdotes by more than two hundred insiders to explore the inner conflicts that shaped the handling of significant events
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New York Times Notable Book, 2013
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ The complex partnership of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney undergirds this authoritative narrative of their tumultuous eight years in Washington. Baker (The Breach), the senior White House correspondent for New York Times, skillfully navigates how Bush, a national security neophyte, came to rely heavily on the former Wyoming congressman and secretary of defense, a consummate Washington insider. Although Cheney became one of the most influential vice presidents in American history and grew to relish his Darth Vader reputation, Baker upends the popular perception that Bush did his bidding. The president and the vice president were wholly in sync on the issue that mattered most, Iraq. Cheney's relations to Secretary of State Colin Powell and other officials deteriorate after Americans fail to be greeted like liberators or find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Cheney's star wanes further after Hurricane Katrina, reaching rock-bottom after a notorious duck hunting accident, while other officials like Condoleezza Rice grow closer to the president. Baker concludes that Bush was without a doubt his own man with a "solid" record on issues like AIDS in Africa and prescription drugs for seniors, but has his legacy undone by Iraq. Though the author also catalogs domestic episodes from his disastrous nomination of White House counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court and the financial meltdown of 2007-2008, the conduct of the war carries the book. Baker delivers a fast-paced read that deftly weaves the trials and tribulations of the Bush presidency into a monumental tale of hubris and missed opportunities for greatness. Agent: Raphael Sagalyn, The Sagalyn Literary Agency. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 30, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 39, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A thorough, objective and surprisingly positive examination of the Bush-Cheney years. Written as though it has the perspective of a century's distance on the events of the last decade, New York Times senior White House correspondent Baker (The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton, 2000, etc.) dispatches false and puerile memes--Bush stole Florida, blood for oil, Bush lied and kids died, etc.--to the dustbin of history as he delivers "the most documented history of the Bush-Cheney White House to date." The author is no Bush cheerleader; he shines a pitiless light on the failures of judgment, erroneous intelligence and excessive reliance on subordinates that led to the debacle in Iraq, which undid Bush's second term. Baker concludes that Bush "was at his best when he was cleaning up his worst." The author shows how it all went wrong, however, without a hint of partisan rancor. This briskly written but exhaustively detailed account defies expectations by portraying an administration of intelligent, patriotic adults with necessarily limited information striving to do what they believed was best for the nation in a dangerous era, with real but overlooked achievements. The president, in particular, appears as a man of decency who retained his optimism and dedication to principle as his polls declined to record lows and political allies fled. In delineating the businesslike relationship between Bush and Cheney, Baker refutes the popular notion that Cheney was the dominant figure, though Bush relied heavily on his experience during his first term. Indeed, Cheney was increasingly sidelined during the second term, except on matters of national security, where he consistently pushed against constitutional limits to defend the country from terrorists by whatever means appeared necessary. In the end, Bush's successor, after campaigning vigorously against his policies, quietly adopted many of them. A major contribution to the rehabilitation of our 43rd president.(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2013)
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10221096
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1967-
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Baker, Peter
Dewey number
973.931092
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Cheney, Richard B
  • Bush, George W.
  • United States
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Bush and Cheney in the White House
Label
Days of fire : Bush and Cheney in the White House, Peter Baker
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 765-774) and index
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 800 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385525183
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013018745
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
Label
Days of fire : Bush and Cheney in the White House, Peter Baker
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 765-774) and index
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 800 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385525183
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013018745
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)

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