Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Peter Baker offers a fascinating portrait of the partnership between George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, a partnership which evolved dramatically over time as they encountered the great “day of fire” on September 11, 2001, and countless days of fire over the course of their eight years in the White House.
Peter Baker is the senior White House correspondent for the New York Times and his new book, DAYS OF FIRE: Bush and Cheney in the White House is the definitive history of the George W. Bush and Dick Cheney White House – a tour-de-force narrative of those dramatic and controversial eight years.
Taking readers into the offices of the West Wing and the cabins of Air Force One, Baker tells the gripping inside story of the Bush and Cheney era. Theirs was the most fascinating American partnership since Nixon and Kissinger, an untested president and his seasoned vice president confronted by one crisis after another as they struggled to protect the country, remake the world, and define their own relationship along the way. Packed with revealing anecdotes and told with in-the-room immediacy, DAYS OF FIRE narrates two profoundly significant and conflicted terms marked by 9/11, Iraq, Katrina, jihad, nuclear proliferation, genocide, and economic collapse.
Baker researched the book for five years and conducted interviews with more than two hundred players – White House aides, cabinet secretaries, generals, senators and congressmen, relatives and friends of both men – to help reveal the truth of Bush and Cheney’s complicated and shifting relationship. DAYS OF FIRE is the first book to capture in a truly defining way all eight years of the most consequential presidency in a generation.
Dr. Baker’s new book, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House,” will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.