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In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir | [Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney]

In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

In his unmistakable voice and with an insider's eye on history, former Vice President Dick Cheney tells the story of his life and the nearly four decades he has spent at the center of American politics and power. In My Time is truly the last word about an incredible political era, by a man who lived it and helped define it - with courage and without compromise.
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Publisher's Summary

In this eagerly anticipated memoir, former Vice President Dick Cheney delivers an unyielding portrait of American politics over nearly 40 years and shares personal reflections on his role as one of the most steadfast and influential statesmen in the history of our country.

The public perception of Dick Cheney has long been something of a contradiction. He has been viewed as one of the most powerful vice presidents: secretive, even mysterious, and at the same time opinionated and unflinchingly outspoken. He has been both praised and attacked by his peers, the press, and the public. Through it all, courting only the ideals that define him, he has remained true to himself, his principles, his family, and his country. Now, in an enlightening and provocative memoir with flashes of surprising humor and remarkable candor, Dick Cheney takes listeners through his experiences as family man, policymaker, businessman, and politician during years that shaped our collective history.

Born into a family of New Deal Democrats in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cheney was the son of a father at war and a high-spirited and resilient mother. He came of age in Casper, Wyoming, playing baseball and football and, as senior-class president, courting homecoming queen Lynne Vincent, whom he later married. This all-American story took an abrupt turn when he flunked out of Yale University, signed on to build power lines in the West, and started living as hard as he worked. Cheney tells the story of how he got himself back on track and began an extraordinary ascent to the heights of American public life, where he would remain for nearly four decades:

  • He was the youngest White House Chief of Staff, working for President Gerald Ford - the first of four chief executives he would come to know well.
  • He became Congressman from Wyoming and was soon a member of the congressional leadership, working closely with President Ronald Reagan.
  • He became Secretary of Defense in the George H. W. Bush administration, overseeing America's military during Operation Desert Storm and in the historic transition at the end of the Cold War.
  • He was CEO of Halliburton, a Fortune 500 company with projects and personnel around the globe.
  • He became the first vice president of the United States to serve out his term of office in the twenty-first century. Working with George W. Bush from the beginning of the global war on terror, he was - and remains - an outspoken defender of taking every step necessary to defend the nation.

Eyewitness to history at the highest levels, Cheney brings to life scenes from the past and present. He describes driving through the White House gates on August 9, 1974, just hours after Richard Nixon resigned, to begin work on the Ford transition; and he portrays a time of national crisis a quarter century later when, on September 11, 2001, he was in the White House bunker and conveyed orders to shoot down a hijacked airliner if it would not divert.

With its unique perspective on a remarkable span of American history, In My Time will enlighten. As an intimate and personal chronicle, it will surprise, move, and inspire. Dick Cheney's is an enduring political vision to be reckoned with and admired for its honesty, its wisdom, and its resonance. In My Time is truly the last word about an incredible political era, by a man who lived it and helped define it - with courage and without compromise.

©2011 Richard B. Cheney (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Chipster Lincoln, Nebraska 10-28-11
    Chipster Lincoln, Nebraska 10-28-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Leader and Patriot"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Neil D. Brown Texas 10-30-11
    Neil D. Brown Texas 10-30-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Why he became The Devil"

    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.
    Quickly.

    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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon user 10-22-11
    Amazon user 10-22-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Changed the Way I View Politicians"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann and Dick Cheney ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada 10-09-11
    Steven Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada 10-09-11 Member Since 2001

    Liberal, retired, special ed teacher teacher from California (quite the cliche ) now living near Montreal. I love to play and watch tennis

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    "How did we get HERE?"

    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.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Moore Bay Area, CA USA 10-11-11
    Michael Moore Bay Area, CA USA 10-11-11 Member Since 2005

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    "A "Rock" of the Bush Administration"

    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).

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Ferguson 02-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "2 Things to Recommend This Book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DRMustang22 01-29-15
    DRMustang22 01-29-15 Listener Since 2008
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    "Disturbing"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 01-25-15
    Mark 01-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hard not to like Vice President Cheney"

    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

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    M. Fulkerson Houston, TX USA 12-06-13
    M. Fulkerson Houston, TX USA 12-06-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not the man you expect"
    What made the experience of listening to In My Time the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The opening about the 9/11 events was compelling and I wish there were more about that in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good book and will likely give you a new perspective on Dick Cheney. Worth a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea El Paso, TX, USA 01-14-13
    Andrea El Paso, TX, USA 01-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Fascinating & Insightful"
    Where does In My Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 15.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obvious.


    What about Edward Herrmann and Dick Cheney ’s performance did you like?

    Read well. Herrmann gave good voice to the book and hearing Cheney's voice wrap things up was excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I really wanted to take breaks and process what I was hearing.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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