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In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir Hardcover – August 30, 2011
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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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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!Read more ›
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).
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like Cheny and consider the book factual and very interesting reading!Published 18 days ago by Joe Webber
This came very fast and was appreciated as a quick gift. Thank you!Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great. Should be required reading for anyone running for president.Published 23 days ago by Mrs.Robbins
An autobiography of the worst vice president in all history. Lucky I looked at a friends copyPublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
A great read from the man's perspective. If you like him or do not know much about him, this will be a good read for you.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A great gift and insight into the behind-the-scenes action.Published 1 month ago by Working Ghostwriter
A wonderful auto bio on Dick Cheney. A terrific narrative. I loved it. I have re-read it many times. I would recommend this to anyone.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Definitely enjoyed the details and explainations on how decisions were made.Published 2 months ago by Rod V.