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Required Reading

 I just finished reading Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Barton Gellman. Mr. Gellman won the 2008 Pullitzer Prize for a series on Vice President Cheney's domestic agenda and I expect he will win the 2009 prize for this book.

 

Love the Vice President or loathe him, this book delves deep into the psychology of the man, especially after the events of September 11, 2001. It also corrects a number of preconceptions on why the Vice President acted the way he did and his reasons and motives for doing so.

 

However, even if he didn't do what he did for the reasons the media and critics said, what he did is downright scary. While I was familiar with his version of a "unitary executive branch" that operated outside of the other two branches of government, just how deep that view ran surprised - and scared - me. And that he served a President who both did not care about "the Big Picture" but also found it to be both boring and tedious...

 

Personally, this book should be required reading as a stern warning to future generations...

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