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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 (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,724 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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131 of 173 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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523 of 755 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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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By michael myers on January 31, 2014
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If I were rating this book based on the personal pleasure it could give awakened Americans to use each individual page as toilet paper while considering this man's oversized ego, his cowardly excuses for exterminating the start struck banner waiving, brainwashed soldiers marching into his profit war based on lies and a pre arranged inside terror job I might give it a 5 star rating. This man is a traitor and direct opposition to government by the people and for the people, and freedoms we engineered into our constitution. What would have really impressed me would have been full disclosure of the brilliant masterminding and involvement of the US government in the terror attacks to gain pubic support for a war. That would take some balls and I could respect that. [That apparently was edited out LOL]. But over all brainwashed Americans need reading material about false idols and intelligent people need toilet paper so I give it a 5 out of 5
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31 of 45 people found the following review helpful By S. Peek VINE VOICE on September 18, 2011
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I am not usually one who reads biographies of politicians. This is the first one I have read in a long time and I am glad that I did.

Love him or hate him, former Vice President Dick Cheney is a compelling figure who has had a front seat to history for several decades including being the youngest White House Chief of Staff ever (Ford), the Defense Secretary (Bush I), and Vice President (Bush II). Additionally he was a member of the House of Representatives for a decade and was in the minority leadership for several of those.

The history contained in this book is fascinating including inside views on the Nixon pardon, the Ford campaign against Carter, the Gulf War, the fall of the Soviet Union, the abrogation of the ABM treaty, the 'enhanced interrogation program, the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as some of the internal differences he had with Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, and George W. Bush. Those parts will likely be of interest to most readers, even if they are not fans of Cheney. One thing is crystal clear about the former Veep: He is very firm in his positions.

Although I generally like Cheney, there are some issues about which I think he is very much in error. One is his view that the president can take us into a war without a Congressional declaration. Even though it has been done too many times to count by many presidents, it is clearly unconstitutional. The United States is not a dictatorship where one individual is allowed to make such a weighty decision involving countless lives. Unfortunately in this area, Cheney seems to be a good example of Lord Acton's maxim: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

In spite of my disagreement with the author in this area and a few others, this book is a very enjoyable read.
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