In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir


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In this eagerly anticipated memoir, former Vice President Dick Cheney delivers an unyielding portrait of American politics over nearly forty 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, a stately page-turner with flashes of surprising humor and remarkable candor, Dick Cheney takes readers 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 line 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439176191
Publisher: Threshold Editions
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 1,143,941
Product dimensions: 9.32(w) x 6.38(h) x 1.62(d)

About the Author

Dick Cheney served at the highest levels of government and the private sector for more than forty years. He was White House Chief of Staff under President Gerald Ford and was elected six times to the US House of Representatives from Wyoming, eventually becoming the minority whip. He served as Secretary of Defense under President George H.W. Bush, overseeing America’s military during the 1991 Operation Desert Storm. He served as chairman and CEO of Halliburton, a Fortune 100 company. As the 46th Vice President of the United States during the dawn of the Global War on Terror, he played a key role in events that have shaped history. He and his wife Lynne Cheney have two daughters and seven grandchildren.

Liz Cheney served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. She also served in the State Department and at the Agency for International Development under President George H.W. Bush. She is an attorney and specialist in US Middle East Policy. She is a national security policy contributor for Fox News and is the founder, along with Vice President Dick Cheney, of the Alliance for a Strong America, a non-profit organization dedicated to education and advocacy on behalf of a strong national defense. She is married to Phil Perry, and they have five children.

Table of Contents

Prologue: 9/11 1

1 Beginnings 11

2 Anybody Here Named Cheney? 39

3 Backseat 67

4 The Gentleman from Wyoming 110

5 Mr. Secretary 152

7 Desert Shield 181

8 Desert Storm 210

9 Out of the Arena 240

10 Big Time 269

11 Angler 301

12 A Nation at War 329

13 Liberating Iraq 364

14 Intelligence and Politics 402

15 Surge 435

16 Setback 465

17 Endings 494

Epilogue 519

Acknowledgments 529

Notes 533

Index 541

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In My Time 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 211 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"in my time" is a very hard to put down memoir .Iam intrested in politics and world affairs and history and I found vice president dick cheneys book very fasinating he has worked with some of the top presidents ford nixion gw and gh bush and he has served in the congress and he has fought the war on terror and in this amazing memoir I got an indepth insiders view of what it was like to be there whean 9/11 was happening and what tough choices had to be made what made this so intresting to me is so many historical events that happened over our years in our country and vice president dick cheney shares alot of inside information also avalible in audio and download great gift idea for a friend or family member GREAT PATRIOT
Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
"Darth Vader Speaks" should be the title of Dick Cheney's personal and political memoir. The image of Dick Cheney often portrayed is of a sinister and calculating political operative who pulled George W. Bush's strings and would do anything to promote the neo-conservative agenda. Unfortunately for those conspirators In My Time is not that but rather a candid and personal assessment of Dick Cheney's years in public life. This work is not warm and fuzzy but an intimate memoir. Surprisingly this hard core conservatives gained inspiration from a Democrat. In late 1963, Cheney listened to a young John F. Kennedy speech in Laramie where he spoke "about the Greek definition of happiness- the full use of one's powers along the lines of excellence- and said that work for the public could provide that kind of satisfaction". Cheney admits that President Kennedy "had inspired us all, and at a time when I was trying to put my life back together, I was particularly grateful for the sense of elevated possibilities he described". Initially Dick Cheney set out to be a college professor but he was swept into the political world never finishing his dissertation. He worked hard and developed important relationships. One was the prickly Don Rumsfeld who took a liking to him and was instrumental throughout his career. Cheney went from being one of the youngest staffers in the Ford White House to the oldest in the George W. Bush White House. Along the way he was also a congressman, Secretary of Defense, and CEO of Halliburton. Out of all the recent books on the Georgia W. Bush years, this one is most revealing. The author has had a unique front row seat as the nation shifted from the cold war into a new post 9/11 era. The institution of the presidency has changed and keeping our nation safe from terrorist is an insurmountable task. Cheney was not simply a "yes" man Vice President, he was "hands on" in the issues of the Bush administration but reiterates that the bottom line it is the President who makes the final decision. Cheney had disagreements with Bush range from not pardoning Scooter Libby, nominating Harriett Miers to the Supreme Court and is critical of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Even after all the controversy Cheney supports the need for interrogation techniques and the need for Guantanamo. He cites that Osama bin Laden was captured and killed from information gathered from it. For the first time this book tells about and open resignation letter from the Vice Presidency, just in case he became incapacitated by a stroke or heart attack. Cheney offered to step aside as Bush was preparing to run for his second term. Fortunately his weak heart kept ticking during such a crucial time of our nation's history. In the end of the book he is a bit reflective but optimistically reiterates the promise of freedom and opportunity that only the United States of American has to offer. In this book, Cheney quotes David Broder's observation that "Ford was exactly the kind of person Americans say they want in a president, but didn't know it when they had him." The same can be said about Cheney in his public service career. Cheney should serve as an example of the countless individuals who often take a back seat in order to get the job done.
timeandsilence More than 1 year ago
I bought the book after hearing him interviewed. The opinion I had of him was rather mixed until I heard him answer questions without hesitation and in great detail--lucidly, intelligently, honestly (or so it seemed to me as it jived with the facts and the questions weren't sugar coated but out of the blue). I could not put the book down, or at least when I did, I couldn't stop thinking and asking myself "then what happened?" Cheney knows human nature very well--and it informs every line of the book--and he exposes motivation for actions both his own and of others. This is a witness to history that should be required reading for students whether in high school or college--without the intervening interpretation of ideologically "helpful teachers." Oh, and a word to the strange folks who populate these review pages with the sole intent of discouraging others from reading the book--try a new book, one by George Orwell. I'd say Animal Farm would be just right for you.
WhitK More than 1 year ago
I wonder how many people will review this book wothout reading it. They can say they read an exerpt but that would be like asking a jury to to render a verdict by listening to only a portion of opening arguments and skipping the trial. This is a book not an editorial. It is sad that so many will condemn a book they will never take the time or spend the money to read. Then again, that is how many live their life. Who says ignorance is not bliss? I have been looking forward to this book for some time. I would think that not liking someone is motivation for reading their memoirs to learn why they did what they did. Fortunately, admiring someone is just as strong motivation. Having read several biographies about Cheney, I want to know what this man was thinking at many points during his life. The best part is once I finish reading this book, then I can write a review of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perhaps an earlier anonymous poster may not know that publishers may pre-release a limited amount of books to readers. Hence the pre-release date reviews. I will be purchasing this book. Perhaps Anonymous needs to stick with books more his speed, like "Obama: Only in America" and "Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope." There are lots of pictures in these books for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is ahtorough and thoughtful book. I've read Kennedy and George W too - dont care about party, just interested in what they experienced.
RoseyJR More than 1 year ago
Agree or disagree with Mr. Cheney, he presents the facts of what happened as he experienced them. This was a superb read. No holds barred, no punches pulled. His explanation of TARP, and why it was necessary was as clear a summary as I've read anywhere. When history is written years from now on Bush '43's legacy, it will be that Dick Cheney carried him on his back.
Jim Ellison More than 1 year ago
I was in the military during some of what the book covered. Very informative. Always thought he was a good man. Was interesting to see the inside track of the decisions made. We need more like him......
Chase Payton More than 1 year ago
I want to know why people who found the money to buy this book want to beat up on everything that Cheney stands for. If you don't like him then why did you waste your money?
JanYarnot More than 1 year ago
Fortunately, Robert Fox said everything I wanted to say so I don't have to type it all. I'd only add that as I grew up in Laramie and graduated from UW the same year as Cheney,I found the Wyoming years especially interesting. I believe Cheney and Bush will become more appreciated with time.
MPL35 More than 1 year ago
After listening to the media slant the facts and spin the truth for 8 years it is nice to get a fresh perspective from someone who was there and knows first hand
Jonesr5150 More than 1 year ago
Dick Cheney lays it out straight in this book. A great read to find out what was going on behind the scenes during 9/11 and the Iraq war. The VP has had a long and distinguished career in public office!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even if we ignore his blatant lies which a simple Google search would uncover, Cheney's book is a self-congratulatory rant with no real basis in reality.
love-2-readJT More than 1 year ago
Cheney went through a lot of historical facts in this book but what struck me the most is that he was against almost everything that was done that didn't work and was the great initiator of everything that did work out. Isn't hindsight amazing!?! I found other authors on this subject relay a much more convincing and satisfying "what really happened."
Robert Munns More than 1 year ago
Too much repeating of same facts
Terri Robinson More than 1 year ago
Good but a little hard for people to understand if you are not into politics
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tomdog More than 1 year ago
Self serving waste of space.
DeaconBernie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book really surprised me. Cheney's laconic style led it often to be dull, while being quite complete. Told from the standpoint who has been on the national political scene for 40 years and who held high office during much of that time. There is very little controversy in spite of what the media attempted to portray.He certainly wasn't cutting up Powell and Rice when he mentioned them, Powell more than Rice.
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swk5311 More than 1 year ago
Long but worth the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fact filled book and gives a perspective on recent history that most people don't have. It is well written and informative. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it.
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