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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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  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A bit too much personal and irrelevant material. Does not deal fully with the decisions or behind the scene material that is relevant. We ill have to wait until a later time for this information that we woud like to know ..... Ronald Turco
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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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For those of you who really want to understand one of the most influential Vice Presidents in history, don't look here. This account is amazingly sparse on details surrounding what most of us want to know more about, facts surrounding the war in Iraq. Rather than explaining the "intelligence" on Iraq and why the administration chose to sell that information to the American people in order to go to war, Cheney gives the reader a rambling and uninformative account of the events of his life. There are more details on what his granddaughter was holding when election results came in (a sippy cup) than on why the administration set up its own intelligence interpretation cell when the formal intelligence community provided assessments that went counter to the administrations' preconceived notions. Sadly, you will not understand Dick Cheney any better after reading this book. Rather than explain himself, Cheney seems to have written this book solely as a PR project to smooth over his ruffled public appearance.
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).
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I'm a conservative, and I was hoping this book would convince me that Cheney wasn't the DICK everyone says he is. But it turns out that he's just a dick, worthy of every criticism leveled at him. Too bad, because he did a lot of good for us.

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.
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I was going to give this a 4 star rating , but then after reading some of the 2 and 3 star commentaries decided to give it a 3 star rating for two reasons. As indicated in some of the other reviews, this book does not really give solid reasoning for some or even most of the policy decisions made during his service in the Bush Cheney administration. However , I did like some of the insights into his earlier service with Presidents Ford and Bush 1. I also thought the book could have been better arranged by either topic or chronological order than it was.
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.
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