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!
One of the orginal American Power brokers. He was involved in some of the most event changing issues of out time. Considering this fact I found his life to be humble and very simple.
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.
This is a very interesting book and a great look back in history as Cheney has been involved in many administrations. Thanks Cheney for all your years of sterling service to our country, including adopting a policy of enhanced interrogation tactics for foreign terrorist. This policy has proven to be a great success in protecting our country and, yes, you were right to adopt it and also to seek its continuance.