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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: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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132 of 174 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Reina VINE VOICE on August 30, 2011
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As Senator Daniel Patrick Leahy discovered, the one thing Dick Cheney does not do is mince words.

Readers tired of Washington equivocations will discover this fact for themselves when they read this blissfully short memoir.

In his forty years of public service, Dick Cheney was a sort of Mr. Resume. He served as Chief of Staff to Gerald Ford, Secretary of Defense to George Bush Sr., Congressman and of course Vice President under George Bush Jr.

As Washington tell alls go, this one is mercifully brief. In about 400 pages, he brings you up to speed on his years in Washington.

Those looking for interesting tid bits won't be disappointed.

Probably his biggest disclosure is that he alone among Bush administration officials advocated the destruction of a Syrian nuclear facility in 2007 (just months before that same plant was taken out by Israel).

For those interested in who issued the 9/11 shoot down order, Cheney's contribution will be interesting. Whereas both George Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld both said that Bush was the one who issued the order, Chaney says it was him.

Cheney's version comports with the 9/11 report itself which declined to rule on the issue. It also comports with the fact that communications with Airforce One were sketchy on 9/11. Indeed, months after 9/11 the whole Airforce One sytem was revamped because of the problems it had back on 9/11.

Not surprisingly much of this book essentially re-asserts Cheney's view that he was right all along...about Watergate, about 9/11, about pretty much everything. But the way this book is written doesn't make the claim sound as self serving as what I just did.
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4 of 5 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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