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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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    Terryl Mill Valley, CA, United States 11-13-11
    Terryl Mill Valley, CA, United States 11-13-11 Member Since 2007
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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 Member Since 2007
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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 2011
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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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    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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    "Great Book"

    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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    Frank sterlilng heights mi 10-25-11
    Frank sterlilng heights mi 10-25-11
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    "A candy coating of the real story, yuck!"

    this book is a candy coating of the real story. Cheney tries to portray himself as a real human being...NOT! save your money.

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    steamer.ssf Baytown, TX, United States 01-25-12
    steamer.ssf Baytown, TX, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Interesting Book, well narrated."
    If you could sum up In My Time in three words, what would they be?

    Front-row seat


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In My Time?

    so many behind the scene revelations


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The basis for the decisions to go to war in Afghanistan & Iraq


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

    yes - about 9-11


    Any additional comments?

    This book takes you behind the scene in the highest politics in Washington for over 3 decades to give you a up-close view of the history of country during this time. It is well narrated, it seems like it's Cheney himself reading. Well written book, enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" Huddinge, Sweden 09-26-11
    "unknown" Huddinge, Sweden 09-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "wonderful book !!!!"

    This is a wonderful book to read, it's not so easy to have top jobs for more than 30 years...
    things does not always "black or white" and "how is wrong and hoe is right?".....
    what a bout the family? and health? is it the most important to care for?

    well..... read on and find out.... you will never regret it!!

    Gill.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Olathe, KS, United States 10-21-11
    James Olathe, KS, United States 10-21-11
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    "Great Read"

    I am a republican who was prone to liking the author regardless. That said, this book really took it to a different level. What President Bush and Vice President Cheney did in their second term was brilliant. They wasted all of their political capital, because they knew they didn't need it. President Bush chose a running mate who had no ambition to run again, so they had nothing to lose. They ended their term as the butt of every joke and everyone's favorite whipping boy.

    They did what they thought was right even when it was unpopular. There are issues of such importance and secrecy that the american public cannot make an informed decision. That is why the great drafters of our constitution saw fit to make us a REPUBLIC and not a democracy.

    Dick Cheney, thank you for your years of service and not seeking populist fame while serving the President. Your selfless service made this a safer and more prosperous nation.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Alan West Palm Beach, FL, United States 09-30-11
    Alan West Palm Beach, FL, United States 09-30-11
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    "Self Serving, but what did I expect????"

    I respect the office of Vice President; therefore my minimum rating is three stars.

    It is just to dam long. If you must, get the abridged. I feel it was three downloads of ‘I Feel Pretty.' Perhaps is should be changed to ‘I Feel Petty.’

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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