(Penguin Press)

In this exposé of Cheney’s term in office, the author, who shared a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his Washington Post series on Cheney’s domestic agenda, examines the vice president’s role in the Bush administration’s shifting focus from al-Qaida to Iraq, unleashing the National Security Agency to spy at home, and promoting the use of torture in interrogations. Gellman is a special-projects reporter for The Washington Post.