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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Cheney Narrator: Dick Cheney, Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781442338098
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In his enlightening and provocative memoir—a stately page-turner with flashes of surprising humor, remarkable candor, and powerful resonance—former Vice President Dick Cheney takes readers through his experiences as family man, policymaker, businessman, and politician during years that shaped our collective history.

Eyewitness to events at the highest levels, Dick Cheney brings to life scenes from past and present: He chronicles his coming-of-age as a high school athlete in Casper, Wyoming, and courting homecoming queen Lynn Vincent, his future wife. He describes driving through the White House gates just hours after the 1974 resignation of Richard Nixon, to manage the Ford transition. He portrays his response to the national crisis of 9/11, when he conveyed orders from the White House bunker to shoot down a hijacked airliner if it would not divert. And he reveals how his political vision has endured through his extraordinary ascent to the heights of American public life as:

–The youngest White House Chief of Staff, under President Gerald Ford

–Congressman from Wyoming who worked closely with President Ronald Reagan

–Secretary of defense under George H. W. Bush, overseeing the U.S. military during Operation Desert Storm and the resolution of the Cold War

–CEO of the international Fortune 500 company Halliburton

–The first U.S. vice president to serve out his term of office in the twenty-first century. Working with George W. Bush from the onset of the global war on terror, he was—and remains—an outspoken proponent of taking every step necessary to defend the nation. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “He’s been called a great American patriot and the spawn of the devil, but whatever your views on Dick Cheney, you can’t ignore the influence this former vice president, US senator, and Republican administration official has had on government policy and world affairs. In this personal and political memoir, this ever-outspoken politician and statesman delivers candid opinions on Iraq, the economy, and other political controversies.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “George W. Bush’s vice president speaks…The author opens with the outrage of 9/11, in which one thought was foremost on his mind, apart from clearing the sky of planes: namely, ‘guaranteeing the continuity of a functioning United States government’…Cheney’s take on the world is clinical and even scholarly…He is methodical but selective, as when he carefully accounts for his holdings in a certain corporation at the time of his vice presidency…The underlying point of the book is that Bush/Cheney were right in invading Iraq and waterboarding prisoners. Let the reader be the judge--until, that is, history decides on the matter.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The more ill and more isolated Cheney became in the Bush administration, the more antithetical he seems to his earlier more robust and upbeat self, and the more we should admire him—in the same fashion we concede respect to the antiheroes of classical Western films, who accept that the help that community needs in extremis will destroy the rare person who must deliver it.” 

    Victor Davis Hanson, military historian

  • Recipient of the 2011Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Nonfiction
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/15/2014

    " Good read. Enjoyed learning about his entry into politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Wyndham | 2/5/2014

    " Listened to this audio. Cheney seems a bit over confident in his opinions of decisions that should have been made. He wasn't afraid to admit when others were wrong but I didn't hear any confessions about times when he was wrong (well maybe one - he changed his opinion that Ford shouldn't have pardoned Nixon). He seemed to have great respect for President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld. I also read the book written by his daughter who managed his campaign. Always enjoy hearing the perspective of people who were in the midst of historic events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Davis | 2/3/2014

    " One of best political memoirs in American history. The critical reviews appear to have anticipated a gossip-ridden "tell-all" style work. Instead we have been blessed with a serious, well-developed, and extensive glimpse into the American Presidency and government over the past 40 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Smith | 1/29/2014

    " Very interesting insights to many world events that Cheney was involved with over his many jobs in Government. Interesting learning Cheney's take on different events and getting the his behind the scenes take. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kerry Sullivan | 1/28/2014

    " Smug, self-satisfied, and in blissful denial of inconvenient facts. It hurts me to give it even one star, but the gentle folk at Good Reads made me do it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Hines | 1/21/2014

    " Good to get the perspective. I've read Bush's, Rice's, and Rumsfeld's memoirs on the same time frame; together they give a good history of the period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I distinctly remember George Bush Sr time in office (I was in high school) and it was the beginning of my interest in politics. It was fascinating to read from his own words things that took place during that time. Dick Cheney has been around for a lot of serious changes in America and he was willing to answer the call to serve many times, from his years under Ford, to being the Secretary of Defense under Bush Sr to the Vice Presidency. He knows and understands Washington better than most and I consider him a true patriot. This book sheds a bright light on that fact. I hope other rise to the caliber of this great man. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/7/2014

    " I liked the book but I think it may have had too much detail - even though it was justifiable given his long career in politics. He says in the beginning that he wrote it for his kids and grand-kids. But after reading Bush's "Decision Points" and Condelliza Rice's "Ordinary People" it seemed long (565 pages). But having read it it made me believe I could make it through "An American Life" Ronald Reagan's 748 page autobiography. But having taken on the length of Cheney's book let me say that sub'stantially it covered a lot of the behind the scenes of the worlds major issues taken on by the Bush administration and through he shows nothing but respect for the president he doesn't mince words where he disagreed with others in the cabinet. And he makes his case plausible and therefore interesting throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Teter | 1/4/2014

    " I just got the this book today, and so far I really like it. I think that this book is probably more truthful, and up front about what really was going on in the White House, during the Bush year's, in office, and who was really running things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle Oliphint | 12/25/2013

    " A good book. Well written, informative and engaging. Increased my appreciation and gratitude for Mr. Cheney and his family for their many years of public service. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerald | 12/21/2013

    " Whether you like him or hate him, he is one of the most influential and contraversial statesmen of the past three decades. This book is an explanation and defense of his beliefs. It is very well written and is certainly worth your time whatever you may believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 10/29/2013

    " I like Dick Cheney's candor and honesty. He is a politician and not a novelist and that is exactly how this reads. I still liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike S | 9/19/2013

    " So far, excellent book. Very easy read, well written, and relates to events I lived through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Snyder | 6/16/2013

    " I read the book and still do not like Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney loved Dick Cheney. I would guess that he made a lot of enemies from the Washington crowd and other politicians he worked with after the book was published. This is your choice whether you want to read or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Miskimins | 3/2/2013

    " Interesting autobiography. I actually walked away feeling a bit better about the guy. Growing up in Wyoming, I looked up to him. Was appalled by some of his behavior in office as VP and still disagree with him on several points there. Was a good listen though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gillian | 9/20/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who lived through the past decade! It provides valuable insight and sets the record straight on several key issues - foreign and domestic. I hadn't realized the breadth of experience that Cheney brought to office. Wow - I'm a fan. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 9/17/2012

    " Glad I read it. Lots of interesting stuff that I did not know before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 7/22/2012

    " Very good book. Loved the insight as to what was happening at the White House and the President on Sept 11th. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrell | 4/11/2012

    " Good read. Gave me an entirely different view of Cheney as compared with the demonization of Cheney that I had from reading main stream media. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Colby | 2/1/2012

    " cannot wait to read this! next week! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Cook | 1/26/2012

    " Really good and inciteful. Lots of background info on the events of the last decade and although it is told from one man's perspective, I feel like it seemed even handed in the people and events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Opa | 1/21/2012

    " This book was written better than Bush's and Rove's books. It was on par with Rumsfeld's book. I came away with 3 thoughts. Powell was deceitful. Rice was a screw-up. Bush left a wounded soldier on the battlefield. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/3/2012

    " Very interesting history of Dick Cheney's life and behind the scenes in Washington. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Viet | 11/6/2011

    " His upbringing and his effort to change his life are both admirable. I agree with his approach toward North Korea. But seriously, his attempt to rationalize going to war with Iraq, and keeping the troop there, is just pathetic! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 10/13/2011

    " I read it to understand a man shrouded in mystery, yet when I finished, I found more questions than answers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/6/2011

    " I expected to be bombarded with opinions on why he did this and why he thought that, but most of the key events in which he was involved were described as "I agreed" or "I disagreed" without much explanation.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerald | 9/20/2011

    " Whether you like him or hate him, he is one of the most influential and contraversial statesmen of the past three decades. This book is an explanation and defense of his beliefs. It is very well written and is certainly worth your time whatever you may believe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anang | 9/17/2011

    " Unapologetic, passionate memoir from a much maligned public servant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darrell | 9/17/2011

    " Good read. Gave me an entirely different view of Cheney as compared with the demonization of Cheney that I had from reading main stream media. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 9/15/2011

    " Very good book. Loved the insight as to what was happening at the White House and the President on Sept 11th. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karl | 9/9/2011

    " About 75% horsesh%t...25% heart attacks and Saddam was super bad dude. "

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About the Author
Author Dick CheneyDick 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 was elected six times to the US House of Representatives from Wyoming, eventually becoming the minority whip. He served as Secretary of Defense under President George H.W. Bush, overseeing America’s military during the 1991 Operation Desert Storm. He served as chairman and CEO of Halliburton, a Fortune 100 company. As the 46th Vice President of the United States during the dawn of the Global War on Terror, he played a key role in events that have shaped history. He and his wife Lynne Cheney have two daughters and seven grandchildren.
About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Earphones and Audie Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.