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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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Cheney has a heart but its pulse is often flat

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A dry sensible account of Cheney's life and times in office without a lot of drama or excess baggage. Those hoping to learn more detail about the White House years may be left disappointed. Written as one might expect from Dick Cheney. A good read but I didn't discover anything new that I didn't already know from reading "Days of Fire."

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Worth a lot to read.

A perfect Republican , a patriot and a great
Politician to teach America's contemporary
History. A must read for a new generation.

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How fortunate is our nation to have had such a wise man lead over 3 decades

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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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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.

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  • Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
  • 05-23-12

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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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.