In My Time
A Personal and Political Memoir
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In this eagerly anticipated memoir, former Vice President Dick Cheney delivers an unyielding portrait of American politics over nearly forty years and shares personal reflections on his role as one of the most steadfast and influential statesmen in the history of our country.
The public perception of Dick Cheney has long been something of a contradiction. He has been viewed as one of the most powerful vice presidents—secretive, even mysterious, and at the same time opinionated and unflinchingly outspoken. He has been both praised and attacked by his peers, the press, and the public. Through it all, courting only the ideals that define him, he has remained true to himself, his principles, his family, and his country. Now in an enlightening and provocative memoir, a stately page-turner with flashes of surprising humor and remarkable candor, Dick Cheney takes readers through his experiences as family man, policymaker, businessman, and politician during years that shaped our collective history.
Born into a family of New Deal Democrats in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cheney was the son of a father at war and a high-spirited and resilient mother. He came of age in Casper, Wyoming, playing baseball and football and, as senior class president, courting homecoming queen Lynne Vincent, whom he later married. This all-American story took an abrupt turn when he flunked out of Yale University, signed on to build power line in the West, and started living as hard as he worked. Cheney tells the story of how he got himself back on track and began an extraordinary ascent to the heights of American public life, where he would remain for nearly four decades:
* He was the youngest White House Chief of Staff, working for President Gerald Ford—the first of four chief executives he would come to know well.
* He became Congressman from Wyoming and was soon a member of the congressional leadership working closely with President Ronald Reagan.
* He became secretary of defense in the George H. W. Bush administration, overseeing America’s military during Operation Desert Storm and in the historic transition at the end of the Cold War.
* He was CEO of Halliburton, a Fortune 500 company with projects and personnel around the globe.
* He became the first vice president of the United States to serve out his term of office in the twenty-first century. Working with George W. Bush from the beginning of the global war on terror, he was—and remains—an outspoken defender of taking every step necessary to defend the nation.
Eyewitness to history at the highest levels, Cheney brings to life scenes from past and present. He describes driving through the White House gates on August 9, 1974, just hours after Richard Nixon resigned, to begin work on the Ford transition; and he portrays a time of national crisis a quarter century later when, on September 11, 2001, he was in the White House bunker and conveyed orders to shoot down a hijacked airliner if it would not divert.
With its unique perspective on a remarkable span of American history, In My Time will enlighten. As an intimate and personal chronicle, it will surprise, move, and inspire. Dick Cheney’s is an enduring political vision to be reckoned with and admired for its honesty, its wisdom, and its resonance. In My Time is truly the last word about an incredible political era, by a man who lived it and helped define it—with courage and without compromise.
In My Time
Truthful but pain full account of the attack on America. Dick Cheney is an honorable patriot. The Truth is hard for some who really have never understood what makes America Great. History will show how Great the Bush Cheney years were. Remember when we did not apologize for being Americans. If you have courage to know the truth then buy the book.
Dick Chaney's book is refreshing and quite a contrast from the current lack of vision and leadership in the white house today. He is an American hero who loves this country and our american values. It's a great read and I highly recommend it.
In My Time
I am not much a fan of memoirs but this book and earlier this year the memoir written by President Bush has changed me. Those who should read this book won't. It will open their eyes to what really happened in Washington since 1968 and in particular during the Bush-Cheney era. It is unfortunate that the real gratitude of the American people for Presidents Bush and Chaney will not be felt until they are gone and are part of history. I fought in Viet Nam, I was stationed in Korea for 39 months and five years in Berlin (behind the wall). I can assure all readers that what Vice-President Cheney has detailed here is the absolute truth and is un-varnished. There will be many who will not be pleased with his telling of the facts but this is the 21st century. We strive for and, deserve the truth. I am not able to speak to the Vice-President (although I do visit Wyoming on a yearly basis) but as one of his generation, it would be the pinnacle of my life to be able to sit down with him over coffee at the foot of the Grand Tetons. God bless you Mr. Vice-President. As stated by so many, "You will do to ride the border!"