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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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    "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.

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    James Olathe, KS, United States 10-21-11
    James Olathe, KS, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2008
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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 Member Since 2002
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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.’

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    Riverman63 Riverside CA 09-09-11
    Riverman63 Riverside CA 09-09-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Only Head Exploding is Mine"

    Good grief - Does Mr. Cheney need money so bad that he has to republish his first book? I am plodding through the first of the three downloads and so far it is all a rehash of his recent book.... feeling a bit ripped off. Hope it will get better ---soon!

    3 of 18 people found this review helpful
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