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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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).
I really feel that the book is pretty truthful, because it doesn't make him sound like a saint, far from it. There's also some good inside poop from previous administrations, so it's worth a read, but over all the guy's a selfish monster.
The book tells the predictable story that Cheney et al has been spouting for years and years. Nothing new is put out in the book and it's largely a defense of his participation in two dissastrous administrations of Bush and a few less disastrous administrations before that.
Finally , and most importantly, Cheney gave no recommendations for Government reform or Constitutional reform to correct some of the problems he mentioned in dealing with Congress or the administrative bureaucracy when he was Secretary of Defense or a member of Congress , or Vice President. I thought Rumsfeld's Known and Unknown and Gates' Duty were much better written than this book. However, I think it is worth a read, but borrow it from a friend or rent it from the library.
I see Cheney has a new book out. I will have to read that to see if he presents any more insight into policy or government reform.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like Cheny and consider the book factual and very interesting reading!Published 7 months ago by Joe Webber
This came very fast and was appreciated as a quick gift. Thank you!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great. Should be required reading for anyone running for president.Published 7 months ago by Mrs.Robbins
An autobiography of the worst vice president in all history. Lucky I looked at a friends copyPublished 7 months 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 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great gift and insight into the behind-the-scenes action.Published 7 months ago by Working Ghostwriter