Barton Gellman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, parts the curtains of secrecy to show how and why Dick Cheney operated and reflects on the legacy Cheney and the Bush administration as a whole will leave as they exit office- ALOUD at the Los Angeles Public Library
Barton Gellman is a special projects reporter on the national staff of The Washington Post, following tours as diplomatic correspondent, Jerusalem bureau chief, Pentagon correspondent, and D.C. Superior Court reporter.
He won the Pulitzer Prize (2008) and the George Polk Award (2007) for his reporting on Vice President Dick Cheney and has won honors from the Overseas Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, and American Society of Newspaper Editors. He is the author of Contending With Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power.
Nicholas Goldberg has been the editor of the op-ed page of the Los Angeles Times since 2003. Since 2007 he has also edited the paper's Sunday Opinion section. He is a former Middle East bureau chief for Newsday. In that position, he covered many major stories including the peace process in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza; presidential elections in Iran; arms monitoring in Iraq; famine in Sudan; and civil war in Algeria. From 1992 to 1995, he was the paper's statehouse bureau chief, covering the administrations of Governors Mario Cuomo and George Pataki. He also covered Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign.
Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency author Barton Gellman gives an example of Dick Cheney’s pessimism.
Cheney once believed that enemy states had strongholds of smallpox and advocated a national vaccination; Gellman believes this episode illustrates Cheney's "dark view of human nature" and tendency to assume the worst case scenario.