Being some one who was suspect of most of Cheney's positions during his V Presidency I thought this would be a good way to get insight.
Like Rumsfeld's memoir neither man really did much but blame some one else for failures and take responsibility for successes. The most telling part of Cheney's tale is his negative observations of the abuse of power by Nixon staffers but when it becomes his power similar transgressions are justified.
Cheney is a stalwart patriot BUT he is convinced it has to be his way or it is wrong.
As a man who respects guns his attitude toward the US global position is to use weapons to annihilate any and all enemies.
Diplomacy is for the weak.
He strongly believes if you have the weapons you should use them.
After the book I am even more convinced that Mr Cheney's views are badly flawed.
I am sure every listener will hear what he/she want to hear. I heard a man who believes the US is NOT the world's peace maker it is the world's police force charged with enforcing our laws!
Probably miss out on the charts and illustrations which I presume are in book
If you liked Freakonomics or any of Gladwell's books then you will love this analysis
I would not listen again because th subject does not need further review or explanation
How does he do it? How does Woodward get these politicos to give him the detail and inner comments on this subjects. It really is a 'you are there' narrative.
This is a fairly good Mankell but unless you are a fan of his style I would skip. It does not have the same strength of character development he uses in the Wollander novels
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