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  • File Size: 12427 KB
  • Print Length: 578 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BRADW02
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; Reprint edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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I invite curious people who take American history seriously to read this 527 page memoir by the 46th. vice-president of the U.S. from start to finish, just as I did. Forget what you've heard about the controversial Dick Cheny. Allow him to explain his life story. At age 70, having spent 40 years in Washington, D.C. serving 10 years in Congress and then holding various key positions under 4 Republican presidents (including being Secretary of Defense altho he is not a veteran,) he has plenty to explain.

There are 16 interesting chapters, some riveting, some exasperating, some will make you mad, plus excellent pictures. An epilogue and notes for fact-checking are included. The tragic events of 9/11 changed our country and President Bush and his cabinet. Dick Cheney has earned the right to defend himself from years of media bashing so the average person (like me) can be the judge of him, to some degree. I certainly feel he loves this country.

Many questions remain unanswered. There is very little about Cheney's years with Halliburton. He discusses his family, travels, fishing and hunting hobbies, and his "best friends". He begins his memoir with 9/11 and the awfulness of it - the shock of it - and how he and everyone in the administration reacted in the emergency. It isn't until much later in the memoir as the "road to Iraq" is explained from his point of view, that you will perhaps have questions still needing answers. He explains also how both parties worked together on the "war on terror". Prepare for surprises. Both parties are first of all, Americans.

Having also lived 70 years and having read dozens of books about every administration since Washington, I compared this memoir to previously published books by Bush administration staff. Surprise!
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Robert Kaiser's review of the book in Washington Post identifies the problems with "In My Time" better than I could. Embellishing one's record is an acceptable goal of a memoir writer, but I was hoping for something more sophisticated and reflective. Continuing to tell people that the Iraq War was motivated by the threat of WMDs even when clear evidence to the contrary, coming from Bush and Blair administrations, has become public, is not only mendacious, but simply uninteresting.
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For those of you who really want to understand one of the most influential Vice Presidents in history, don't look here. This account is amazingly sparse on details surrounding what most of us want to know more about, facts surrounding the war in Iraq. Rather than explaining the "intelligence" on Iraq and why the administration chose to sell that information to the American people in order to go to war, Cheney gives the reader a rambling and uninformative account of the events of his life. There are more details on what his granddaughter was holding when election results came in (a sippy cup) than on why the administration set up its own intelligence interpretation cell when the formal intelligence community provided assessments that went counter to the administrations' preconceived notions. Sadly, you will not understand Dick Cheney any better after reading this book. Rather than explain himself, Cheney seems to have written this book solely as a PR project to smooth over his ruffled public appearance.
For the inquisitive reader who would like to actually understand the prewar intelligence on Iraq and how/why the Bush-Cheney administration took America to war, consider "Hubris" by Michael Isikoff & David Corn. It's a well researched and supported account of the thinking behind the war, what the administration did to convince the American public to support it, and how accurate the administrations' claims turned out to be once the war was underway and the intelligence could be verified (or disproved).
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History can be a very strange subject. First of all, it is written by the victors, secondly time has a strange effect on history. Harry Truman was vilified during his years as President. When he left the White House on January 20, 1953 there was no one to say good bye to him. Arriving at Union Station for the long train trip back to Independence, Missouri there were no crowds, no bands. America was glad to be rid of him and welcome Ike into their arms. As it was then, perhaps is how it is now. A half century later Truman is lauded for making extraordinary decisions with neither the experience nor the advice of his predecessor. It is the subject of numerous revisionist biographies.

Dick Cheney and President Bush have taken tremendous heat from just about everybody who holds both of them accountable for what seems like some poor decision making although history will have something to say about that. The lens through which we see history has a strange way of changing the facts and the conclusions, once the distance brought by time goes into effect and it will be the same for Vice President Cheney. We don't know if history will be kind or angry with the Vice President, we do know it will be different.

In his book "In Our Time", the Vice President gives his side of the story. Like all biography it is both self-serving, and overly complementary. Let us make no mistake about it, you expect bias in an autobiography as opposed to the pen of an historian, and so let us begin. This is the story of an extraordinary American who has led an extraordinary life experiencing world changing events first hand where he had influence. Having been a player in many of these same events I can attest that Dick Cheney is one of the smartest men to occupy public life in the last half century.
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