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Author Mann, Jim, 1946-

Title Rise of the Vulcans : the history of Bush's war cabinet / James Mann
Published New York : Viking, 2004


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 W'PONDS  327.730092 Bush Man/Rot  AVAILABLE
Description xix, 426 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
regular print
Contents Machine derived contents note: Contents -- Introduction ix -- ONE: A Rising Politician Amid War and Dirty Tricks 1 -- TWO: The Intellectual as Protǧ ̌21 -- THREE: A Soldier and a Sailor 37 -- FOUR: Combating the Soviets, Dťente and Henry Kissinger 56 -- FIVE: Enter the Persian Gulf 79 -- SIX: Transitions 95 -- SEVEN: Camelot of the Conservatives 112 -- EIGHT: Of Dictatorships and Democracy 127 -- NINE: In the Midst of Armageddon 138 -- TEN: A Scandal and Its Aftermath 150 -- ELEVEN: A New Republican President, a New Foreign Policy Team 165 -- TWELVE: Use of Force 179 -- THIRTEEN: Death of an Empire, Birth of a Vision 198 -- FOURTEEN: Vulcans in Exile 216 -- FIFTEEN: A Vulcan Agenda 234 -- SIXTEEN: The Campaign 248 -- SEVENTEEN: Who Runs the Pentagon? 261 -- EIGHTEEN: Warnings and Signals 277 -- NINETEEN: History Starts Today 294 -- TWENTY: A New Strategy 311 -- TWENTY-ONE: Toward War with Iraq 332 -- Conclusion 359 -- Acknowledgments 373 -- Notes 377 -- Index 411
Summary "When George W. Bush campaigned for the White House, he was such a novice in foreign policy that he couldn't name the president of Pakistan and momentarily suggested he thought the Taliban was a rock-and-roll band." "But he relied upon a group called the Vulcans - an inner circle of advisers with a long, shared experience in government, dating back to the Nixon, Ford, Reagan and first Bush administrations." "After returning to power in 2001, the Vulcans were widely expected to restore U.S. foreign policy to what it had been under George H. W. Bush and previous Republican administrations. Instead, the Vulcans put America on an entirely new and different course, adopting a far-reaching set of ideas that changed the world and America's role in it."
"Rise of the Vulcans is nothing less than a detailed, incisive thirty-five-year history of the top six members of the Vulcans - Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Armitage, and Condoleezza Rice - and the era of American dominance they represent. It is the story of the lives, ideas and careers of Bush's war cabinet - the group of Washington insiders who took charge of America's response to September 11 and led the nation into its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."--BOOK JACKET
Analysis United States
Bush, George W
International relations
Defence policy
Political conditions
Overseas item
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [377]-410
Subject Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- -- Friends and associates.
Cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography.
Presidents -- United States -- Staff -- Biography.
Political consultants -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 2001-2009.
United States -- Military policy.
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 2003065765
ISBN 0670032999 alkaline paper
0143034898 paperback