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  • Days of Fire
  • Peter Baker
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  • 12 May 2020
  • 9780385525183

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Peter Baker Î 2 Free download Summary Ú Days of Fire 102 Resident and his seasoned relentless vice president Confronted by one crisis after another they struggled to protect the country remake the world and define their own relationship along the way. I have moved on to the next stage of my grim fascination with the US presidency from the voyeuristic masochistic delight of an introvert following the pain of the campaign to now actually reading about the actual time spent in office I have a big fat book about Lincoln leering at me as we speakAnyway I am not really sure why I read this book apart from the realization that books about campaign are the gateway drugs to reading about presidents I did not particularly enjoy the time Bush was in office and a certain surprising nostalgia given the current president elect aside I had little interest in revisiting this timeI am glad I did though because I learnt the following being the president is an awful role the stress they had in the aftermath of 911 with daily worst case scenarios being sent to BushCheney in a bureaucratic orgy of doom and ass coveringwould have driven most completely insane Bush to his credit regularly met the relatives of those killed in the wars in private Bush was seen as the best president in terms of aid for Africa ever and the link between Bush sbest features loyalty a willingness to pursue what he felt was right rather than what was popular and a desire not to second guess those at the front led to the worst decisionsI also relearnt that the entire Presidency was subsumed by Ira and no one at the end could really say why and that there was ineptness in spades from the continued support of Rumsfeld the accidental breaking of the Kyoto treaty or the entire Katrina aftermathAt the end Bush had my sympathy but definetly not my vote

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Peter Baker Î 2 Free download Summary Ú Days of Fire 102 A tour de force narrative of a dramatic and controversial presidencyTheirs was the most captivating American political partnership since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger a bold and untested p. As the navy steward worked his way around the table taking orders most of the officials stuck with a simple fruit bowl Cheney on the other hand ordered bacon and eggs Hill was struck that the vice president would order something so different when everyone was going light especially since he had had four heart attacks p 567Ah this book has a lot of new moments but for some reason this late one stuck with me Baker s book is essentially the story of a failed presidency and a big reason for that failure is its ongoing nearly fatal stubbornness Ira Spying Torture Refusing to fire Rumsfield Harriet Miers Bullheaded in the extreme Dick Cheney plowing into a plate of bacon and eggs no matter what says it all Seriously this is a very good and long book covering the eight years of the Bush administration And Baker gives you all of it Seemingly every day In lesser hands this could have been a deadening experience But Baker is a fine writer and through the sheer accumulation of detail along with a sympathetic but by no means partisan eye creates a context that humanizes most of the major players of these momentous years Bush in particular benefits As much I disagree with his invasion of a Ira he generally comes across as a warm hearted and emotional guy trying to get it right Baker with a novelist s flair at one point even as the violence of Ira dominates just about every page has Bush embracing his dying dog on the White House lawn at dusk DamnMore importantly late in the book Baker paints a picture of a president he reads fourteen bios on Lincoln in one year who has grown into his role Against the advice sometimes bordering on insubordination of nearly everyone excepting a few young aides Stephen Hadley Meghan O Sullivan a real star in the book and Brett McGurk Bush reversed the drift in Ira and instituted the controversial surge Boy at the time the surge escalation happened I was STRONGLY opposed Bush s display of presidential leadership here is as fine as any I ve read However the problem here is that this decision is teathered to the controversial decision to invade in the first place As Petraeus himself has said surge tactics can only buy you time In the end you must find a political solutionIf you re coming to this book to find illumination regarding the decision to invade Ira you ll be disappointed You just don t know for sure where it comes from About a week after 911 at a meeting of war cabinet officials Wolfowitz blurted out that there was a 10 to 50% chance that Hussein was involved in the attacks Where Wolfowitz got that number out of the air or out of his ass I have no idea Even Bush got pissed saying How many times do I have to tell you we are not going after Ira this minute At this point I got the sense that some conversations ones that perhaps preceded 911 have not yet been revealed And it s only a week or so later Bush is telling Blair that Ira will have to be dealt withDid someone get to Bush in that time If so it would have been Cheney Cheney is hard to like especially in the early days of the administration To some extent Cheney does reinforce and help the inexperienced president If you want to go Hard Line Cheney is your man But Baker destroys the notion of Cheney as puppet master Cheney who is actually uite deferential to the office of the president only takes what Bush pushes his way When the second term comes around Bush who is by nature hyper competitive is ready to take back the decision making Cheney soon becomes a reduced figure Still bitching and grumping and on occasion winning a fight here and there but for the most part replaced by Condoleezza Rice who can and does push backBaker also covers Bush s domestic efforts most of which flamed out And then there s Katrina but even here Baker shows the state of Louisiana as having its share of idiots in high places Bush shows a degree of necessary calm during the financial crisis though I doubt he ll ever get credit for those hard decisions ones that probably saved us from another Great Depression Bush does shine when it comes to relief in Africa In the end years and years from now one hopes that he is also remembered for the lives he saved there

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Peter Baker Î 2 Free download Summary Ú Days of Fire 102 In Days of Fire Peter Baker Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times takes us on a gripping and intimate journey through the eight years of the Bush and Cheney administration in. The first presidential election for which I was eligible to vote was in 2004 and I voted against Bush as my foray into civic participation Given Bush s purported disinclination towards the East Coast Ivy League establishment I m guessing he wouldn t have been a big fan of mine either However these were not really relevant factors in my enjoying the book If you re looking for a hagiography or a smear job you ll be disappointed What Peter Baker has created is an impressively smooth narrative of the goings ons in the world and the White House during the Bush Administration with some basic biographical tales for both Bush and Cheney The information isn t really aimed at swaying your opinion about these events one way or the other It just tells you I came away from this with a greater appreciation for both Bush and Cheney and a cabinet member here or there as they transformed from caricatures to complex individuals as I read Baker gives you the background antecedents behind the scenes and public portrayal of milestone moments and events which will undoubtedly make this book all the valuable for history s sake The humanizing moments didn t detract from the weight of decisions made I certainly didn t change my stance on whether or not we should have gone to war with Ira but I do appreciate the gravity with which Bush addressed this throughout his time in office Bush definitely cried a lot during his stint as POTUS than I would have thought The cabinet dynamics weren t dissimilar from those that preceded them There were differences of opinions fall guys business related biases and definitely some hurt feelings I never knew that Rumsfeld was Condaleezza Rice s sensei or mentor or whatever and it was a fascinating relationship to watch collapse I certainly wouldn t have guessed that Cheney was a fan of Darrell Hammond s portrayal of him on SNL or that Bush was super into challenging people to bicycle races This was a great listen thanks audible that at times felt almost nostalgic for me as I encountered the events from Al Gore s sighs during the presidential debates to Cheney s hunting fiasco that dominated the news from my sopho year of high school through college graduation While the tour down memory lane played in to my enjoyment factor I give Baker a great deal of credit as a story teller I d definitely recommend this both to the people of now and the future though I m not too worried about chrononauts needing my book recommendations Heritage of Love vote was in 2004 and I Highland Heaven voted against Bush as my foray into civic participation Given Bush s purported disinclination towards the East Coast Ivy League establishment I m guessing he wouldn t have been a big fan of mine either However these were not really relevant factors in my enjoying the book If you re looking for a hagiography or a smear job you ll be disappointed What Peter Baker has created is an impressively smooth narrative of the goings ons in the world and the White House during the Bush Administration with some basic biographical tales for both Bush and Cheney The information isn t really aimed at swaying your opinion about these events one way or the other It just tells you I came away from this with a greater appreciation for both Bush and Cheney and a cabinet member here or there as they transformed from caricatures to complex individuals as I read Baker gives you the background antecedents behind the scenes and public portrayal of milestone moments and events which will undoubtedly make this book all the Wolf Creek Widow valuable for history s sake The humanizing moments didn t detract from the weight of decisions made I certainly didn t change my stance on whether or not we should have gone to war with Ira but I do appreciate the gravity with which Bush addressed this throughout his time in office Bush definitely cried a lot during his stint as POTUS than I would have thought The cabinet dynamics weren t dissimilar from those that preceded them There were differences of opinions fall guys business related biases and definitely some hurt feelings I never knew that Rumsfeld was Condaleezza Rice s sensei or mentor or whatever and it was a fascinating relationship to watch collapse I certainly wouldn t have guessed that Cheney was a fan of Darrell Hammond s portrayal of him on SNL or that Bush was super into challenging people to bicycle races This was a great listen thanks audible that at times felt almost nostalgic for me as I encountered the events from Al Gore s sighs during the presidential debates to Cheney s hunting fiasco that dominated the news from my sopho year of high school through college graduation While the tour down memory lane played in to my enjoyment factor I give Baker a great deal of credit as a story teller I d definitely recommend this both to the people of now and the future though I m not too worried about chrononauts needing my book recommendations