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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; First Edition edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439176191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439176191
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Secretary of Defense under President George H.W. Bush, overseeing America’s military during the 1991 Operation Desert Storm. Elected six times to the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming, he eventually became House Minority Whip. As the forty-sixth Vice President of the United States, he served two terms under President George W. Bush during the dawn of the Global War on Terror, playing a key role in events that have shaped history.

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134 of 178 people found the following review helpful By V. L. Wilson on September 9, 2011
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erik Peterson on November 14, 2013
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I'll let you know up-front that I did vote for the Bush-Cheney ticket twice, though perhaps for different reasons than most.

In 2000, I was appalled by Clinton's air war against Serbia, and I liked W's line about 'listening more, talking less, and being a little more humble in foreign policy.'

In 2004, I was appalled by the whole line-up of Democratic Senator Presidential hopefuls, all of whom had voted for the Iraq War Resolution, spending their time twisting and swerving, 'voting for it before I voted against it', playing at being doves one minute, then turning around and viciously trashing the one Democrat who actually was against the war as a matter of consistent principle.

I didn't ever like the war, but I figured, at least W was consistent, a known quantity by then.

Having got that confession out of the way, let me say I liked the tone of how Cheney presented himself in this book. Like me, he had a mid-twentieth century middle-American youth living in a small western town, so I could relate to his family background and his love of the wild outdoors which he describes.

I was surprised to learn about the two drunk driving arrests.

There was a very believable quality to the broad outline of how he described the general nature, if not the specific details of, his bureaucratic and Congressional careers.

The funniest part of the whole book for me was his description of what happened when Rumsfeld caught him out once, conspiring with the office staff to deflect the vast torrent of directives issuing from his boss's desk.

I also appreciate the quality of character implicit in the deep and sincere loyalty he expresses for Gerald Ford, Donald Rumsfeld, Scooter Libby, and other long-time associates.
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525 of 759 people found the following review helpful By Richad of Connecticut VINE VOICE on August 30, 2011
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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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