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Scholars have already produced a steady stream of books that analyze the rise of presidential power during the George W. Bush administration. Montgomery (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) adds to these accounts by assessing Cheney's efforts during the Bush presidency to increase power in the executive branch to fight terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead of focusing solely on his years as vice president, Montgomery traces Cheney's career in government beginning with his service in the Nixon and Ford administrations. Specifically, he searches for clues to explain why Cheney developed a strong appetite for power while serving as vice president. A limitation of this book is that more attention might have been given to David Addington and other staff members in the vice president's office, since it is not clear how much of a role Cheney's staff played in encouraging him to expand the powers of the executive branch. Despite this limitation, Montgomery provides an insightful, detailed account of Cheney's political career that should be of interest to a general audience seeking to understand his contributions to the Bush administration. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, and professionals. A. L. Warber Clemson University
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