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
It was nice to get Mr. Cheney's unfiltered point of view, in large part I grew to respect him more and learned a lot about him that I wasn't aware of before. While not a perfect man (no one is), he has had a tremendous amount of experience in government, yet came from very humble roots.
He was blunt and honest about his views, but generally respectful of others. He may have disagreed or lost respect for some people, but he explained his view well.
The opening about the 9/11 events was compelling and I wish there were more about that in the book.
It is a good book and will likely give you a new perspective on Dick Cheney. Worth a listen!
It's in the top 15.
Read well. Herrmann gave good voice to the book and hearing Cheney's voice wrap things up was excellent.
I really wanted to take breaks and process what I was hearing.
Do not look at this book as a biography of G.W. Bush. His time in his administration is a very small part of this book. This book takes you through his early days in Wyoming, his troubles as a young man at Yale, his years as a linesman and his decision to change his life and to go back to college. This is a story of a man's love for his girl (Lynne), his family and his country. Love him or hate him - he has devoted his life to the service of his country.
Dedicated public servant
The behind the scene stories and how and why he did what he did.
It's a good thing we can embrace patriots of every stripe in this country. Mr. Cheney story reveals a man of considerable talent and long service to his country. That he is sure he is a patriot I have no doubt. But he is a patriot of a stripe I am sure we need fewer of not more.
I wasn't expecting such a sweeping view (4 decades) of Presidential, Political and Personal History. The narration by Edward Herrmann was impeccable.
I just could NOT stop listening to this book. This is a truly historic, autobiography. It is so completely engrossing. The scope, depth and frankness are reminiscent of Sir Winston Churchill's writings. I actually feel rather foolish trying to write this review. Upon listening to this book, you too will be left in awe of this man and all that he has given in the service to his country.
Thank you so very much Mr. Vice President!