Review: Mann’s Rise of the Vulcans

Rise Of The Vulcans: The History of Bush’s War Cabinet
James Mann

The best book on the personalities that made up the first Bush term, and believe me, I have read a bunch of them. All the Woodward books and other beltway books of the season come and go, but Mann’s book I think will be seen as the best contemporary accounting of the personalities from the first terms( Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Ashcroft, Powell, Armitage, Wolfowitz, etc, etc) that you’re going to find. This is obvious a book that is highly critical of all the figures in that presidency, but not the propagandistic way other books are. Mann is harsh, but fair and does an especially good job of explaining what the hell neoconservatives actually is and the really nasty hatred between the Cheney people and the Powell people. Even after however many years, this is still essential reading for political junkies.

Recommended for the enthusiast.