Top positive review
Good storytelling, interesting details
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
Baker writes so clearly it actually makes him disappear, so I feel like I’m witnessing this stuff for myself. Just simple clean prose, no opinions or his own or judgements.
He’s a good storyteller. He captures the big stuff of course, but also little moments like Bush and Christopher Hill trash talking about baseball in the Oval. Cute, personal stuff that fleshes out who they really are as people not just as leaders.
The info about Bush calling Clinton occasionally is really interesting, the friendship didn’t just happen after his term as “formers”. He even called him when Bill was campaigning for Hillary and was accused of being a racist. I love knowing these kinds of little details.
On a personal note, there were many mentions of Al Simpson because he is such a good friend of Cheney’s. It made me very sentimental, and makes me keep a tiny sliver of an open mind about Cheney. I love Al, he was very kind to a friend of mine.
This is what I tweeted when I finished: @peterbakernyt I really enjoyed your Bush/Cheney book. I learned a lot & it felt very balanced & fair. The other times I’ve read @ a presidency I came away liking them less, but this was oddly the opposite, despite disagreeing with them a LOT. Thx for the really interesting work