In the standard liberal case against George W Bush, a special place of loathing is reserved for the balding, inscrutable figure who serves as his nominal deputy.... Gellman has replaced that caricature with a portrait that is much more realistic and almost as damning.... Impeccably sourced and stylishly written, Angler is full of telling anecdotes that illustrate Cheney’s elliptical way of doing business. Among other things, we discover why Condoleezza Rice broke down in tears during a meeting about Guantanamo and how Cheney manipulated Bush into taking back a campaign pledge to regulate carbon emissions. We also find out why a leading Republican congressman is convinced that Cheney lied to him in order to secure his support for the war.... This superb piece of journalism is the first draft of history."