This is as insightful and honest as you could expect. The guy had an incredible life and unbelievable opportunities which he capitalized on. He is a polarizing figure, mostly because he stands up for what he believes and is not apologetic for those beliefs. The beginning is great, gets a little more guarded toward the VP years in the end. He does not miss a take on about every moment and big decision he presided over. Whether you like Dick Cheney not, you will probably agree that at least he is shooting straight with his readers.
Dick Cheney gives his side of the story on his hunting accident in Texas and his concern for his friend really does come through.
The voice talent and performance on this was amazing. I was actually disappointed a bit when the real Dick Cheney came on to read the last chapter.
While I do not agree with everything he did or said, I have gained new respect for a man that I believe did his very best to be a patriotic American.
If you bought the popular image of Dick Cheney as Bush's brain or Darth Vader you have to read this book. The memoir casts a different and much more detailed light on the era and changed what I thought I knew. May not want to go on a quail hunt with him but he was an honorable patriot.
I would highly recommend this read/listen for anyone who wants to understand this statesmans point of view and how difficult it is to operate within the US Federal Government. I have much higher regards for Mr. Cheney. Media has no right to critisize him. I wish more men could live up to the standards he held for himself! Do read!
In my Time!
I wish he would write more books!
Whether you like Dick Cheney or not, you have got to like this book. This is historical perspective at its purist. I'm not saying that Cheney's interpretation of every event in this book is right. Time and history will determine all of that. However, those who study history realize that contemporaries are often long dead before the final stories can be told. This is as close to the historical events as we are going to get. Cheney was involved in so many positions of responsibility that his stories and candor about those events are worth getting this book. Edward Hermann does a great job of reading. Download the book and listen to it as if you are listening to any person tell his or her life's story -- and you will love it.
I know many might not like him. However I am the type of person that is at least willing to listen to someone to see their point of view.
The book does a very good job of telling his life story and his experiences in the political arena.
I listened to this book because at the end of the 2nd term of Bush/Cheney administration, I became disenchanted as to how they seemed to fall apart (yes, I voted for them). However, I always feel it's best to make sure you hear all sides of the story. I thought then, and still do, that Cheney took some heat from the liberal media for which he could not directly respond due to his being in office.
I'm still not sure I agree with all his diplomatic views, but I appreciated listening to his views and his openness and frankness with his interactions with Rice, Powell, and Bush.
If you truly dislike someone for their views, you should at least hear them out. For those on the fence with how they feel about Cheney, you need to listen to this book. He gives also gives some good background on Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Clinton, and their staff. HIs review of history (i.e., Vietnam war) outlines how this affected the decision making process for the interventions in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
It's a good think that Edward Herrmann narrated this book. The epilogue and prologue are spoken by Cheney but you can tell his speech is labored, perhaps from his health. I think Herrmann could narrate instructions on how to fill out tax forms and still make it sound interesting.
Tell us about yourself! Retired Oilfield worker with Schlumberger. Very conservitive. Believe in God. Marrage is between 1 man & 1 woman.
Detailed, inlightning, riviting
The detail of how things played out. Cheney's love for his country and determination to do what is right.
They read it as if telling a story.
The story of a great American.
I went back and replayed many parts because I loved the detail and because it is an important part of history.
this is one of the best books ive ever read, being only 34, i learned alot of history from the 60's and 70's i never knew before.
Just finished the book - I really enjoyed reading it. His book provides a wealth of background information and stories from his political and personal life spanning from the Nixon/Ford years up through his time as Vice President. He has a no-nonsense, tell it like it is attitude on issues that were vital to protecting our country. He stood on principle and didn't sell out our country to the misguided notion of peace through weakness. Some of these negative reviewers are rather silly in their comments - you can tell that many of them didn't read the book. They play along with the mainstream media's vilification and nauseating repetition of the same unfounded claims without providing much proof for their claims. Cheney was someone who's dedication and service to this country was an exemplar compared to other politicians who held his position. Maybe you can fault him for his steadfast desire to protect this country at a time when we faced unprecedented risks. How soon many of us forget the climate in this country after 9/11. The book brings out interesting background information on the dealings with other countries in the Middle East and with the Soviet Union. Whether you like the guy or not, he presents a well reasoned presentation of the Bush policies and the background for our country's actions after 9/11 and through two wars. By providing this context, you come away from reading the book feeling that Cheney's work will be looked upon by historians as representing a critical perspective to the events over the last decade. Highly recommend reading the book!
An excellent incite into how government works. One day you are a hero, the next day you are the devil.