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About the Series

Sunday, September 14, 2008

This is the first of two stories adapted from "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency," by Barton Gellman, an investigative reporter at The Washington Post. The book expands on a four-part series on Cheney by Gellman and former Post investigative reporter Jo Becker that ran in The Post in June 2007. Gellman and Becker, who is now with the New York Times, were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for the series, which was also titled "Angler."

Gellman's 483-page book, which will be published Tuesday by Penguin Press,

is based on hundreds of interviews with present and former Cheney advisers, senior officials in federal agencies, judges, senators and members of Congress. Cheney and his counsel, David S. Addington, declined to be interviewed.

The excerpts running today and tomorrow recount the untold story behind the showdown between the vice president's office and the Justice Department over the president's warrantless domestic surveillance program. They describe a lengthy effort by Cheney to suppress the legal rebellion without involving Bush, and the last-minute discovery that led the president to reverse Cheney's course.

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