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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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    02-06-12
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    "Eye Opening, Insightful and Honest"
    Where does In My Time rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is as insightful and honest as you could expect. The guy had an incredible life and unbelievable opportunities which he capitalized on. He is a polarizing figure, mostly because he stands up for what he believes and is not apologetic for those beliefs. The beginning is great, gets a little more guarded toward the VP years in the end. He does not miss a take on about every moment and big decision he presided over. Whether you like Dick Cheney not, you will probably agree that at least he is shooting straight with his readers.


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

    Dick Cheney gives his side of the story on his hunting accident in Texas and his concern for his friend really does come through.


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

    The voice talent and performance on this was amazing. I was actually disappointed a bit when the real Dick Cheney came on to read the last chapter.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Riding shotgun.


    Any additional comments?

    While I do not agree with everything he did or said, I have gained new respect for a man that I believe did his very best to be a patriotic American.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DAVID Chester, NJ, United States 11-02-11
    DAVID Chester, NJ, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Forget what you think you know"

    If you bought the popular image of Dick Cheney as Bush's brain or Darth Vader you have to read this book. The memoir casts a different and much more detailed light on the era and changed what I thought I knew. May not want to go on a quail hunt with him but he was an honorable patriot.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 12-14-11
    Rebecca FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 12-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Historical Account"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this read/listen for anyone who wants to understand this statesmans point of view and how difficult it is to operate within the US Federal Government. I have much higher regards for Mr. Cheney. Media has no right to critisize him. I wish more men could live up to the standards he held for himself! Do read!


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann and Dick Cheney – was your favorite?

    Cheney


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    In my Time!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish he would write more books!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy Lubbock, TX, United States 12-09-11
    Jimmy Lubbock, TX, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Absolutely fascinating"

    Whether you like Dick Cheney or not, you have got to like this book. This is historical perspective at its purist. I'm not saying that Cheney's interpretation of every event in this book is right. Time and history will determine all of that. However, those who study history realize that contemporaries are often long dead before the final stories can be told. This is as close to the historical events as we are going to get. Cheney was involved in so many positions of responsibility that his stories and candor about those events are worth getting this book. Edward Hermann does a great job of reading. Download the book and listen to it as if you are listening to any person tell his or her life's story -- and you will love it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alan WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 11-18-11
    Alan WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 11-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Very well done"

    I know many might not like him. However I am the type of person that is at least willing to listen to someone to see their point of view.
    The book does a very good job of telling his life story and his experiences in the political arena.

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    Robert Deer Park, TX, United States 01-18-12
    Robert Deer Park, TX, United States 01-18-12

    Tell us about yourself! Retired Oilfield worker with Schlumberger. Very conservitive. Believe in God. Marrage is between 1 man & 1 woman.

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    "Wow what a great mind."
    If you could sum up In My Time in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed, inlightning, riviting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail of how things played out. Cheney's love for his country and determination to do what is right.


    What does Edward Herrmann and Dick Cheney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They read it as if telling a story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The story of a great American.


    Any additional comments?

    I went back and replayed many parts because I loved the detail and because it is an important part of history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ryan COLDWATER, MI, United States 11-28-11
    ryan COLDWATER, MI, United States 11-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    this is one of the best books ive ever read, being only 34, i learned alot of history from the 60's and 70's i never knew before.

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    Foxbat Monroeville, PA, United States 10-05-11
    Foxbat Monroeville, PA, United States 10-05-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Much Needed Balance to Unfounded Portrayal"

    Just finished the book - I really enjoyed reading it. His book provides a wealth of background information and stories from his political and personal life spanning from the Nixon/Ford years up through his time as Vice President. He has a no-nonsense, tell it like it is attitude on issues that were vital to protecting our country. He stood on principle and didn't sell out our country to the misguided notion of peace through weakness. Some of these negative reviewers are rather silly in their comments - you can tell that many of them didn't read the book. They play along with the mainstream media's vilification and nauseating repetition of the same unfounded claims without providing much proof for their claims. Cheney was someone who's dedication and service to this country was an exemplar compared to other politicians who held his position. Maybe you can fault him for his steadfast desire to protect this country at a time when we faced unprecedented risks. How soon many of us forget the climate in this country after 9/11. The book brings out interesting background information on the dealings with other countries in the Middle East and with the Soviet Union. Whether you like the guy or not, he presents a well reasoned presentation of the Bush policies and the background for our country's actions after 9/11 and through two wars. By providing this context, you come away from reading the book feeling that Cheney's work will be looked upon by historians as representing a critical perspective to the events over the last decade. Highly recommend reading the book!

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Fresno, CA, United States 10-07-11
    Daryl Fresno, CA, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2008
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    "How government works."

    An excellent incite into how government works. One day you are a hero, the next day you are the devil.

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    Chipster Lincoln, Nebraska 10-28-11
    Chipster Lincoln, Nebraska 10-28-11 Listener Since 2009

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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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    "20 hours of Wikipedia"

    In any biography you are bound to have a section the author is famous for, in Dick Cheneys case alot of his 'fame' has to with the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq. Sadly this is something he is so aware of, that these wars along with his work as secretary of defence becomes the focal point of the book. Don't get me wrong this was in part why i bought the book, but I also wanted to learn more about the man Dick Cheney, which you only rarely happens.

    Most off the book come of as a Wikipedia article, with few glimpses of what makes the man do what he does. This 'cold' calculating style may also be why he comes of as almost infallible, I lost count of the number of times he said 'It was the right decesion then and it still is...' Now I do not believe in anyone being perfect all the time, and part of a fun memoir is also learning about the persons regrets, but Cheney has only one. This was the part where he shot a hunting partner, but even here comes up with an explanation that makes it seem reasonable that he shot a man on the ground while hunting birds.

    Don't get me wrong there are many mistakes mentioned, but it is either 'we were right in...' or 'sadly he went with his won decision', so the mistakes were never Cheneys and usually he knew the right choice.

    I come away from the book feeling I have learned very little about the man Dick Cheney, but quite a bit about the VP & secretary of Defence Dick Cheney, sadly most I could learn on Wikipedia or in other books.

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