Big Books

Summer reading is often touted as light “beach books,” but summer is also the season for big, important books.  Several recent, interesting biographies and political books fit this latter category.  At the moment, former Vice President Cheney’s book is getting widespread coverage.  Some joke that he knows how to hype a book to produce good sales, but on the other hand, his version of his role in the Bush presidency is as provocative as he was as VP.  He makes no attempt to soften his appraisals of members of the Bush cabinet nor the image many have that Cheney was the real power in the Bush presidency.  He continues to support the use of torture and waterboarding as effective despite these being widely discredited and criticizeid as illegal and immoral. As a result, he adds fodder to the continuing controversy surrounding the Bush White House.