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  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books (22 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385525184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385525183
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Praise for "Days of Fire
""Filled with enlivening detail and judicious analysis, "Days of Fire" is the most reliable, comprehensive history of the Bush years yet."--Jim Kelly, "The New York Times"
"Mr. Baker, a White House reporter for the "New York Times," has pulled off something of a journalistic miracle: He has written a thorough, engaging and fair history on the Bush-Cheney White House, the most polarizing presidency since Johnson's (Andrew, not Lyndon), with the possible exception of the current one."--Jonathan Karl, "The Wall Street Journal"
"The story of those eight years would seem far too vast to contain inside a single volume. Yet here that volume is. Peter Baker neither accuses nor excuses. He writes with a measure and balance that seem transported backward in time from some more dispassionate future."--David Frum, "New York Times Book Review
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"A fine new book about [Bush's] time in office ... The Bush-Cheney era weighs heavily on America. Its divisions and disappointments help to explain much about today's politics, from public war-weariness to the anti-establishment contempt that seethes among the Republican grassroots and the Tea Party. Insiders have already penned enough don't-blame-me memoirs and score-settling biographies to dam the Potomac. Mr. Baker concentrates on relations between the two men at the top of the executive branch. His shrewd, meticulous reporting offers a useful corrective to tales of a puppet-master deputy manipulating an inexperienced boss."--"The Economist"
"Peter Baker, the intrepid "New York Times" reporter lately covering his third president of the United States, has achieved the unthinkable--a vivid page-turner on the ultimately divided not-co-presidency of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney."--W. Gardner Selby, "Austin American-Statesman
""In producing the first comprehensive narrative history of what will surely remain one of the most controversial presidential administrations in U.S.

"A journalistic miracle: [Baker] has written a thorough, engaging and fair history on the Bush-Cheney White House."
--"The Wall Street Journal"
"Filled with enlivening detail and judicious analysis, "Days of Fire" is the most reliable, comprehensive history of the Bush years yet."
--"The New York Times"
"Impressive . . . a distinguished work, notable for its scope and ambition. . . . As thorough and detailed an account of the Bush years . . . as we are ever likely to get. . . . Baker draws out each development in this tangled relationship in much the same way that Robert Caro wrote about the relationship between John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson."
--"The Washington Post"
"[Baker] has achieved the unthinkable--a vivid page-turner on the ultimately divided not-co-presidency of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney."
--"Austin American-Statesman"
"Poignant. . . . The story of those eight years would seem far too vast to contain inside a single volume. Yet here that volume is. Peter Baker neither accuses nor excuses. He writes with a measure and balance that seem transported backward in time from some more dispassionate future."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"A fine new book about [Bush's] time in office. . . . [Baker's] shrewd, meticulous reporting offers a useful corrective to tales of a puppet-master deputy manipulating an inexperienced boss."
--"The Economist"
"This is political journalism and history at its best. A deep, credible, and compelling account of the Bush presidency and the relationship between Bush and Cheney."
--Norm Ornstein, The Best Political Books of the Year, "National Journal"
"An encyclopedic and even-handed account of the Bush years. . . . Baker offers clear-eyed perspective on the fateful decisions of a decade ago. . . . [A] kaleidoscopic, behind-the-scenes narrative."
--"The Christian Science Monitor"
"Baker's approach works well . . . [he] is an impressive stylist."
--"Star Tribune"
"Magisterial. . . . [A] remarkable achievement. . . . Baker has done a tremendous job of knitting together the disparate strains of a complex and multilayered narrative. For all its density, the book proceeds at a beach-read velocity that makes it a pleasure to peruse."
--"The National Interest"
"The new book with all the buzz is "Days of Fire." . . . A magisterial study of the way [Bush and Cheney] influenced each other, waxing and then waning, during the fateful eight-year presidency of George W. Bush."
--"US News & World Report"
"The first comprehensive narrative history of what will surely remain one of the most controversial presidential administrations in U.S. history. . . . All subsequent writers dealing with the subject will find his book indispensable."
--"Foreign Affairs"
"Baker's book is red meat for political junkies. . . . Mr. Baker's fair book is an admirable attempt to put a polarizing administration into perspective. But it's not designed to forgive and forget. If anything, it resurrects the consequential days of an administration that dealt with unprecedented problems and tensions in a uniquely headstrong, American way."
--"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
"This is an amazing book, a deeply reported, wonderfully written and--crucially--wholly fair and penetrating review and critique of the Bush-Cheney years, their turmoil and tragedy, their great successes and their great failures. I can't think of a book produced so close to a presidency that has done quite what Baker does in this book. . . . You will be inside the Bush White House in a way you could not have ever have hoped to see inside until decades from now."
--Hugh Hewitt
"On each page, there are stories that I remember well from my days in the Bush White House; stories that I'm surprised Peter discovered, and revelations that I read about for the first time."
--Nicolle Wallace, former White House Communications Director
"Peter Baker's superb biography of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney will stand as the most complete and balanced discussion of the men and their administration for decades. . . . No one has drawn the complicated Bush-Cheney relationship more convincingly than Baker. Anyone eager to understand our current dilemmas does well to read this book."
--Robert Dallek, author of "Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power"
"Peter Baker tells the story of Bush and Cheney with the precision of a crack reporter and the eye and ear of a novelist. . . . A splendid mix of sweeping history and telling anecdotes that will keep you turning the page."
--Chris Wallace, anchor of "Fox News Sunday"
"It turns out George W. Bush was no puppet, and Dick Cheney no puppet master. "Days of Fire" takes us inside a relationship that came to define American conflict, peace, and politics. . . . This excellent book tells us what really happened, from the mouths of the players themselves."
--Gwen Ifill, coanchor of "PBS Newshour"
"Peter Baker's "Days of Fire" is a book for every presidential hopeful and every citizen."
--Tom Brokaw, author of "The Greatest Generation"
"You may or may not agree with George W. Bush's actions as president, but by the time you put "Days of Fire" down, you will understand them, and him, as never before."
--Richard Norton Smith, author of "Thomas E. Dewey and His Times"
"A fast-paced read that deftly weaves the trials and tribulations of the Bush presidency into a monumental tale of hubris and missed opportunities for greatness."
--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
"A thorough, objective and surprisingly positive examination of the Bush-Cheney years. . . . This briskly written but exhaustively detailed account defies expectations. . . . A major contribution to the rehabilitation of our 43rd president."
--"Kirkus Reviews," starred review
"Ambitious, engrossing, and often disturbing. . . . A superbly researched, masterful account of eight critical, history-changing years."
--"Booklist," starred review
"Steeped in facts, and the writing is clear and crisp. . . . ["Days of Fire"] offers breathtaking insights into power, passion and politics at the highest levels of our government."
--"BookPage"

A journalistic miracle: [Baker] has written a thorough, engaging and fair history on the Bush-Cheney White House.
The Wall Street Journal
Filled with enlivening detail and judicious analysis, Days of Fire is the most reliable, comprehensive history of the Bush years yet.
The New York Times
Impressive . . . a distinguished work, notable for its scope and ambition. . . . As thorough and detailed an account of the Bush years . . . as we are ever likely to get. . . . Baker draws out each development in this tangled relationship in much the same way that Robert Caro wrote about the relationship between John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.
The Washington Post
[Baker] has achieved the unthinkable a vivid page-turner on the ultimately divided not-co-presidency of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Austin American-Statesman
Poignant. . . . The story of those eight years would seem far too vast to contain inside a single volume. Yet here that volume is. Peter Baker neither accuses nor excuses. He writes with a measure and balance that seem transported backward in time from some more dispassionate future.
The New York Times Book Review
A fine new book about [Bush s] time in office. . . . [Baker s] shrewd, meticulous reporting offers a useful corrective to tales of a puppet-master deputy manipulating an inexperienced boss.
The Economist
This is political journalism and history at its best. A deep, credible, and compelling account of the Bush presidency and the relationship between Bush and Cheney.
Norm Ornstein, The Best Political Books of the Year, National Journal
An encyclopedic and even-handed account of the Bush years. . . . Baker offers clear-eyed perspective on the fateful decisions of a decade ago. . . . [A] kaleidoscopic, behind-the-scenes narrative.
The Christian Science Monitor
Baker s approach works well . . . [he] is an impressive stylist.
Star Tribune
Magisterial. . . . [A] remarkable achievement. . . . Baker has done a tremendous job of knitting together the disparate strains of a complex and multilayered narrative. For all its density, the book proceeds at a beach-read velocity that makes it a pleasure to peruse.
The National Interest
The new book with all the buzz is Days of Fire. . . . A magisterial study of the way [Bush and Cheney] influenced each other, waxing and then waning, during the fateful eight-year presidency of George W. Bush.
US News & World Report
The first comprehensive narrative history of what will surely remain one of the most controversial presidential administrations in U.S. history. . . . All subsequent writers dealing with the subject will find his book indispensable.
Foreign Affairs
Baker s book is red meat for political junkies. . . . Mr. Baker s fair book is an admirable attempt to put a polarizing administration into perspective. But it s not designed to forgive and forget. If anything, it resurrects the consequential days of an administration that dealt with unprecedented problems and tensions in a uniquely headstrong, American way.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
This is an amazing book, a deeply reported, wonderfully written and crucially wholly fair and penetrating review and critique of the Bush-Cheney years, their turmoil and tragedy, their great successes and their great failures. I can t think of a book produced so close to a presidency that has done quite what Baker does in this book. . . . You will be inside the Bush White House in a way you could not have ever have hoped to see inside until decades from now.
Hugh Hewitt
On each page, there are stories that I remember well from my days in the Bush White House; stories that I m surprised Peter discovered, and revelations that I read about for the first time.
Nicolle Wallace, former White House Communications Director
Peter Baker s superb biography of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney will stand as the most complete and balanced discussion of the men and their administration for decades. . . . No one has drawn the complicated Bush-Cheney relationship more convincingly than Baker. Anyone eager to understand our current dilemmas does well to read this book.
Robert Dallek, author of Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power
Peter Baker tells the story of Bush and Cheney with the precision of a crack reporter and the eye and ear of a novelist. . . . A splendid mix of sweeping history and telling anecdotes that will keep you turning the page.
Chris Wallace, anchor of Fox News Sunday
It turns out George W. Bush was no puppet, and Dick Cheney no puppet master. Days of Fire takes us inside a relationship that came to define American conflict, peace, and politics. . . . This excellent book tells us what really happened, from the mouths of the players themselves.
Gwen Ifill, coanchor of PBS Newshour
Peter Baker s Days of Fire is a book for every presidential hopeful and every citizen.
Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation
You may or may not agree with George W. Bush s actions as president, but by the time you put Days of Fire down, you will understand them, and him, as never before.
Richard Norton Smith, author of Thomas E. Dewey and His Times
A fast-paced read that deftly weaves the trials and tribulations of the Bush presidency into a monumental tale of hubris and missed opportunities for greatness.
Publishers Weekly, starred review
A thorough, objective and surprisingly positive examination of the Bush-Cheney years. . . . This briskly written but exhaustively detailed account defies expectations. . . . A major contribution to the rehabilitation of our 43rd president.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Ambitious, engrossing, and often disturbing. . . . A superbly researched, masterful account of eight critical, history-changing years.
Booklist, starred review
Steeped in facts, and the writing is clear and crisp. . . . [Days of Fire] offers breathtaking insights into power, passion and politics at the highest levels of our government.
BookPage" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Peter Baker is the Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times and a regular panelist on Washington Week on PBS. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Breach, about Bill Clinton s impeachment, and, with his wife, Susan Glasser, of Kremlin Rising, about Vladimir Putin s Russia.

" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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