I don't usually write reviews I would much rather spend my time listening to the books. This time it is hard to be quit, I have so much admiration for this man and the story he told. The media got him wrong like they do so many good Americans. This is a well written and detailed story of not just Dick Cheney's life but the history behind the headlines.If your a Ronald Reagan fan you'll love this story as well.
Being some one who was suspect of most of Cheney's positions during his V Presidency I thought this would be a good way to get insight.
Like Rumsfeld's memoir neither man really did much but blame some one else for failures and take responsibility for successes. The most telling part of Cheney's tale is his negative observations of the abuse of power by Nixon staffers but when it becomes his power similar transgressions are justified.
Cheney is a stalwart patriot BUT he is convinced it has to be his way or it is wrong.
As a man who respects guns his attitude toward the US global position is to use weapons to annihilate any and all enemies.
Diplomacy is for the weak.
He strongly believes if you have the weapons you should use them.
After the book I am even more convinced that Mr Cheney's views are badly flawed.
I am sure every listener will hear what he/she want to hear. I heard a man who believes the US is NOT the world's peace maker it is the world's police force charged with enforcing our laws!
This is a chance to hear the otherside of the story, not what CNN, FOX, NPR, or any other news outlet or critic has said or edited.
I really enjoyed Vice President Cheney's forward thinking. He always seemed to have his plans thought through and was calculated. He also sought the counsel of many people before coming to his conclusions. While I may not have agreed with everything that happened during his years in the White House, I have more respect for him and learned a lot about the inner workings of politics, and presidential campaigning.
I love Edward Herrmann, he has a wonderful voice, and I am excited to listen to an audio book narrated by Him, this one is no exception.
I really feel I have a better view on how the world of politics, war and Washington works. From Senators voting a certain way due to elections, to who they choose for their campaign managers and why, I feel it is necessary not only to look at those who are running and what they are saying, but who they surround themselves with and why.
Liberal, retired, special ed teacher teacher from California (quite the cliche ) now living near Montreal. I love to play and watch tennis
In My Time is an interesting, detailed, expansive look at the life and political career of one of America's most controversial figures. The book is well written, the narration is easy to listen to and I recommend it regardless of your like/dislike of Mr. Cheney. However, after reading his story it still remains a mystery to me how a young (Volkswagon driving) Dick Cheney, raised by new deal democrats, employed as union labor, and the beneficiary of many assistance programs begun in the new deal and furthered by the great society, goes to Washington to work in the moderate Republican administrations of Nixon and Ford and ends up as the most radical, partisan politician of our time. In telling his story Mr. Cheney takes time to tell us about the nuisance of W.I.N. (whip inflation now), Abscam, the election campaigns of Ford, Reagan, Bush Sr., Bush Jr. (no Dole) and of course endless details of war, intelligence, his love and fascination with all things military, 9-11, and his denial of torture. I found it amazing the he wrote not a single word regarding the Project For A new American Century (the bible for the NeoCons), nothing on the rise of right wing think tanks (Cato, Heritage, American Free Enterprise, Club for Growth) and their influence on the Republican Party, and mum on the rise of the evangelical right and the ever increasing pandering by Republicans to that religious right. His silence on the inaction of the Reagan administration and congress during the hiv/aids crisis, I expected that, it probably didn't even register on his radar of important events. It's not your father's Republican party anymore and Dick Cheney didn't become Gerald Ford even though he professes to have held him in highest regard.
Two strong takeaways from this book: one, the path to high political office largely depends on fate and circumstance even for those with outstanding ability: in Mr. Cheney???s case, but for two fateful circumstances earlier in his career he would surely not have been elected Vice President in 2000: the succession of Gerald Ford (a close friend of Mr. Cheney???s mentor, Donald Rumsfeld) to the Presidency after Richard Nixon???s resignation in 1974, and the Senate???s refusal to confirm John Tower as Defense Secretary in 1989.
Two, Mr. Cheney was a real ???rock??? in the Bush Administration???he called policy issues based on his careful analysis and sound judgment of what best promoted the interests of the country (particularly in national security affairs), without particular concern for currying favor with his colleagues, the media or the public. In this account, he does not hesitate to offer critiques of his Administration colleagues on policy matters and their working methods. He also provides thoughtful and sobering background on the national security issues that still face us today: e.g., a North Korea whose word cannot be trusted and that continues in its efforts both to develop and export nuclear weapons technology (such export to Syria being a case study he describes in detail); an Iran that refuses to submit its so-called ???peaceful??? nuclear facilities to proper international inspection; and a Russia that does not yet truly exhibit a democratic constitution in practice (he includes in his discussion an anecdote showing Vladimir Putin at his arrogant worst, a hint as to why Russia???s neighbors remain suspicious of Russia).
1. Some people have called Dick Cheney an evil genius. I'm pretty sure if you read this book, one of those terms will be confirmed depending on your political leanings.
2. I would listen to any book the late Edward Herrmann narrated. Unfortunately, I will eventually run out of them.
Disturbing justification for misdirected policies. To his credit VP Cheney took more than enough responsibility for the actions of the Administrations in which he served. In fact he offers a full throated defense & willingly asserts that he was a major player in the implementation of such policies.
He served the interests of his constituency without reservation & often without any consideration other than its narrow focus to alleviate fear - real or imagined. There is no nuance to their position & no room for any serious consideration of alternatives that don't comply with their perception of reality.
America's search for its soul would be well advised to start with this book & soberly consider the ramifications of the journey.
Dick Cheney exemplifies public service - those who do not like him are Pollyanna to think sitting in a circle, holding hands and singing kum-by-ya will make the world a better place. There are evil people out there and those persons do not like us ("Merica") and what we stand for. I slept much more sound with President Bush and VP Cheney at the helm. Thank for your decades of service