Dick Cheney


Easton Press Dick Cheney books

In My Time - signed first edition - 2011
Exceptional - signed first edition - 2015


Vice President Dick Cheney

Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney, born on January 30, 1941, in Lincoln, Nebraska, is an American politician and businessman who played a prominent role in U.S. government and politics, particularly during the administration of President George W. Bush. Cheney served as the 46th Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009. Cheney's political career began in the Nixon and Ford administrations, where he held various positions, including White House Chief of Staff. He then represented Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1989. Cheney's political trajectory gained further momentum when he was appointed Secretary of Defense under President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1993. In this capacity, he played a pivotal role during the Gulf War, overseeing the military operation that liberated Kuwait from Iraqi forces.

After a period in the private sector, Cheney returned to public service in 2000 as the running mate for Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush. Cheney's role as Vice President was notable for his influence on national security and foreign policy matters. He was a key advocate for the Iraq War, asserting the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, a claim that later proved to be inaccurate. Cheney's tenure as Vice President was marked by controversy, including debates over enhanced interrogation techniques, domestic surveillance programs, and the expansion of executive power. His association with the energy industry, given his ties to Halliburton, a major oilfield services company, also drew scrutiny.

While Cheney was respected for his experience and expertise in national security matters by some, he was a polarizing figure in American politics. Critics argued that he wielded an unprecedented level of influence and power within the Bush administration. After leaving office in 2009, Cheney remained vocal on political issues, often expressing his views on national security, foreign policy, and the role of government. He also became a co-author of his memoir, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, published in 2011.

Dick Cheney's legacy remains a subject of debate, reflecting the complexities of his political career and the controversies surrounding key decisions made during his time in public service. His impact on American politics and foreign policy, particularly during the post-9/11 era, is an integral part of contemporary political discourse.

Is Liz Cheney related to Dick Cheney?

Yes, Liz Cheney is the daughter of Dick Cheney. Elizabeth Lynne Cheney, commonly known as Liz Cheney, was born on July 28, 1966, in Madison, Wisconsin. She is an American attorney, politician, and member of the Republican Party. Liz Cheney has been involved in various aspects of public service, including serving as the U.S. Representative for Wyoming's at-large congressional district since 2017.



In My Time - A Personal and Political Memoir

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. 

Exceptional - Why the World Needs a Powerful America

Former vice president Dick Cheney, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and his daughter Liz Cheney, former deputy assistant secretary of state, explain the unique and indispensable nature of American power, reveal the damage done by President Obama’s abandonment of this principle, and show how America can and must lead again.

Since World War II, American power and leadership have been an unmatched force for the defense of freedom around the globe. For seventy years, presidents both Republican and Democratic have shared a dedication to maintaining American power and leadership. President Obama has abandoned this bipartisan tradition, choosing instead to “lead from behind” as he abandons America’s allies, appeases our enemies, and apologizes for this great nation.

When the former vice president spoke out on the topic last year, the Wall Street Journal declared, “Dick Cheney is still right,” and the Washington Post lauded his comments, adding that “unless we have a president who understands that proactive, early action and a robust military force are essential to national security, we will forever be racing to catch up to our enemies.”

Now the former vice president and his daughter, former deputy assistant secretary of state Liz Cheney, team up to explain how President Obama has drastically broken with the bipartisan foreign policy consensus that enabled America to prevail in World War II, to win the Cold War, and to triumph in the first decade of the War on Terror. The Cheneys reveal the damage done by President Obama’s policies and demonstrate how his unwillingness to defend and protect American power has weakened the nation and diminished the ability of future presidents to defend us.

Finally, the Cheneys do what no one before them has chart a path forward to restoring American power and strength, explaining what must be done to reverse course, to fight and win the war on terror, to rebuild our military and reassure our allies that they can once again rely on American leadership. A critical, frank, and much-needed touchstone, Exceptional should stand as a guiding principle for the potential presidential candidates in 2016 and for policymakers today and beyond.


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