Co-Presidency of Bush and Cheney

ISBN-10: 0804758182
ISBN-13: 9780804758185
Edition: 2009
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Description: In the closing months of the Bush administration, bewildered Americans overwhelmingly responded to its disastrous domestic and foreign policies with a single question: How did this happen? In this excellently documented work, presidential scholar  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 4/14/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

In the closing months of the Bush administration, bewildered Americans overwhelmingly responded to its disastrous domestic and foreign policies with a single question: How did this happen? In this excellently documented work, presidential scholar Shirley Anne Warshaw offers an in-depth analysis and exploration of the administration's key players to explain what happened and why. Although George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney were inaugurated as the President and Vice President of the United States, Warshaw contends that these titles are inaccurate. Combining her study of the actions of both men, knowledge of the spheres in which they operated, and personal interviews with White House staff and Washington insiders, Warshaw demonstrates that Cheney and Bush were nothing less thancopresidents. Breaking with popular sentiment, she denies that Bush's authority was ever hijacked or stolen. Bush, the self-proclaimed "decider," focused on building what he called a moral and civil society, anchored by a war on science and the proliferation of faith-based programs, while allowing Cheney to lead in business and foreign policy. Warshaw highlights Cheney's decades-long career in Washington and his familiarity with its inner workings, presenting a complete picture of this calculating political powerhouse. From Cheney's unprecedented merging of the vice president's office into the president's to his abhorrence of what he deemed Congressional interference in the president's ability to do his job, Warshaw paints an intriguing, and at times frightening, portrait of our nation's first copresident and the changes he brought about. Chapters on transition planning, domestic and foreign policy implementation, the expansion of presidential powers, and the war in Iraq show precisely how these complementary conservatives ruled. With the facts on the table, Warshaw convincingly concludes that the legacy the Bush administration will leave is a testament to why two presidents equal one massive failure.

Shirley Anne Warshaw is professor of political science and the Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies at Gettysburg College, where she has taught since 1986. She teaches courses on the American presidency, American government, and executive-legislative relations. Warshaw received a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.G.A. from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Her most recent books are The Keys to Power: Managing the Presidency (second edition, 2004) and The Co-Presidency of Bush and Cheney (2009). She is married to Allen Warshaw, and they are the parents of three sons.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Bush-Cheney Ticket Emerges: The Melding of Compassionate and Conservative
Transition Planning: Cheney Gains Control of the Administration
Full Transparencies: Merging the Vice President's Staff into the White House Staff
God and George W. Bush: The Faith-Based Presidency
Dick Cheney and the Business-Friendly Presidency
What Happened to the Domestic Agenda?
Cheney's Penchant for Secrecy
The Imperial Presidency
Cheney's War
Epilogue: The Cheney Legacy
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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