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 . Introduction. Rise of the Vulcans is an excellent, fascinating account of the backgrounds of the six principal foreign policy advisers of President George W. Bush. Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet; Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, by James Mann, Steve Coll.

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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 inthe Vulcans were widely expected to restore U. 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.

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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.

Separately, each of these stories sheds astonishing light not only on the formative influences that brought these nascent leaders from obscurity to the pinnacle of power, but also on the experiences, conflicts and competitions that prefigured their actions on the present world stage.

The Vulcans

Taken together, the individuals in this book represent a unique generation in American history—a generation that might be compared to the “wise men” who shaped American policy after World War II or the “best and brightest” who prosecuted the vulcams in Vietnam. Over the past three decades, since the mann of Vietnam, these individuals have gradually led the way in shaping a new vision of an unchallengeable America seeking to dominate the globe through its military power.

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I was on a Cheney kick for a couple of weeks and this is the only book that really stood out to me. Really helps to understand the different personalities the vilcans to form President W Bush’s private Intricately shaded and scary profile of President George W.

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Bush’s foreign policy team: Account Options Sign in. But he relied upon a group called the Vulcans—an inner circle of advisers with a My library Help Advanced Book Search. Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet. James MannJim Mann.

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