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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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    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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    Jocelyn Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada 05-23-12
    Jocelyn Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada 05-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Walk through history."

    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.

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    R. A. Kelly 05-12-12
    R. A. Kelly 05-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting insight into a much hated/loved man"
    If you could sum up In My Time in three words, what would they be?

    Dedicated public servant


    What did you like best about this story?

    The behind the scene stories and how and why he did what he did.


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

    No. Unabridged.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

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    Terry Pettengill 11-13-11
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    "Patriots of Every Stripe"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Carbajosa de la Sagrada, Spain 09-09-11
    Phyllis Carbajosa de la Sagrada, Spain 09-09-11
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    "Completely Engrossing History!"

    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!

    10 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-27-11
    Chris Albuquerque, NM, United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2013
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    "True American Power Broker"

    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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tonja Shelton North Carolina 03-20-12
    Tonja Shelton North Carolina 03-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "HIs story, a rebuttal to the critics"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Wilkesboro, NC, United States 10-18-11
    Joe Wilkesboro, NC, United States 10-18-11
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    "Great Book!"

    Every concerned American should read it. My view of Cheney as a dedicated servant of America was strenghtened.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" OLATHE, KS, United States 09-05-11
    "unknown" OLATHE, KS, United States 09-05-11
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    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.

    24 of 61 people found this review helpful

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