Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and by Stephen F. Hayes

By Stephen F. Hayes

During a forty-year occupation in politics, vice chairman Dick Cheney has been concerned with the most consequential judgements in fresh American historical past. He was once considered one of a number of pick out advisers within the room while President Gerald Ford made up our minds to claim an finish to the Vietnam battle. approximately thirty years later, from the presidential bunker under the White condo within the moments instantly following the assaults of September eleven, 2001, he assisted in shaping the reaction: America's international battle on terror.

Yet for all of his impression, the area understands little or no approximately Dick Cheney. the main robust vp in U.S. historical past has additionally been the main secretive and protected of all public officers. "Am I the evil genius within the nook that no-one ever sees pop out of his hole?" Cheney requested rhetorically in 2004. "It's a pleasant method to function, actually."

Now, in Cheney: The Untold tale of America's strongest and debatable Vice President, New York Times bestselling writer and Weekly Standard senior author Stephen F. Hayes bargains readers a groundbreaking view into the realm of this such a lot enigmatic guy. Having had specific entry to Cheney himself, Hayes attracts upon hundreds and hundreds of interviews with the vp, his boyhood acquaintances, political mentors, relatives, reticent staffers, and senior Bush management officers, to bring a accomplished portrait of 1 of an important political figures in glossy times.

The wide selection of issues Hayes covers contains Cheney's withdrawal from Yale; his early run-ins with the legislation; the incident that nearly received him blackballed from operating within the Ford White condominium; his meteoric upward thrust to congressional management; his competition to elimination Saddam Hussein from strength after the 1st Gulf battle; the solo, cross-country force he took after leaving the Pentagon; his choice as Bush's working mate; his commanding functionality on 11th of September; the competitive intelligence and interrogation measures he driven within the aftermath of these assaults; the need of the Iraq conflict; the implications of blunders made in the course of and after that warfare; and intelligence battles with the CIA and their lasting results. With exhaustive reporting, Hayes shines a mild into the shadows of the Bush management and reveals a really varied Dick Cheney from the only the US thinks it knows.

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Each Saturday, they stayed in whatever town was closest to the job site to do laundry, drink beers at the local tavern, and take their weekly showers. While Cheney was living with Leibrantz, he began reading John Keegan and Winston Churchill’s six-volume history, The Second World War, and once again at the urging of Lynne, made plans to enroll at the University of Wyoming in the fall of 1963. “She made it clear she wasn’t interested in marrying a line- Cheney 39 man for the county. That was really when I went back to school in Laramie.

And that was it: Mrs. and Mrs. Richard Bruce Cheney. Three weeks before their wedding, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, drawing America deeper into the growing conflict in Vietnam. To Cheney, the war seemed remote. “Like most Americans, at the outset certainly I supported it. And initially it wasn’t that big a deal. In the early 1960s we had advisers there, but we had advisers a lot of places. . ”25 At the University of Wyoming, Cheney’s focus, for the first time, was on his classes.

Moments later, a football coach grabbed them both by their necks, offered a brief reprimand, and informed them that they would meet again in a grudge match. Cheney 25 Cheney, as it happens, had received the same punishment for a tussle in the hallway. Cheney and his friends say they cannot recall the details of that skirmish, but everyone recalls that the “punishment” was a rematch at the C Club fights later that spring. With their reputations on the line Cheney and Fake decided to seek some help.

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