June 24th, 2009
01:35 PM ET
13 years ago

Cheney inks book deal reportedly worth millions

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/04/art.cheney.gi.jpg caption=" Cheney is writing a book."](CNN) - Having made his rounds on the cable news circuit over the last few months, former vice president Dick Cheney is now headed to a book store near you.

Cheney has struck a deal with publishing house Simon & Schuster to write his memoirs covering a more than 40-year career in government, stretching all the way back to his roles in the Nixon and Ford administrations.

β€œIt has been a tremendous privilege to serve during some of the most interesting and challenging times, as well as with some of the most fascinating people, in American history,” Cheney said in a statement provided to CNN. β€œI look forward to writing about these experiences for the first time.”

The book will be published by Simon & Schuster's Threshold Editions, where former Cheney aide and current CNN contributor Mary Matalin serves as editor-in-chief.

The deal - which media reports have suggested is worth in excess of $2 million - is the latest to be struck by Robert Barnett, the Washington lawyer who most recently negotiated a book deal for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Barnett has also negotiated multimillion dollar deals for the Clintons and President Obama.

Daughter Liz Cheney called her father a "student of history" and said he has already begun collecting his thoughts in longhand and on his laptop computer.

"He wants to make sure that his story is told, and told in a way that his grandchildren will be able to understand and appreciate even 20 or 30 years from now," Liz Cheney told the New York Times.

Cheney mostly avoided addressing the media while in office, but has since become a vocal critic of the Obama administration's national security policies. His book, set to hit stores in the spring of 2011, will come on the heels of President Bush's memoir. That book is slated for release in fall of 2010.

Other Bush administration officials currently working on books including top aide Karl Rove, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

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soundoff (278 Responses)
  1. Ken

    Who really cares??

    June 24, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Comments comparing the book and toilet paper coming soon to a blog near you.

    June 24, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. CD in FL

    And the name of the book should be "Alibaba and the forty thieves"...

    June 24, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Jared

    How anyone could work for this evil, immoral and nasty man....or want to read a book by him on him.....is beyond my understanding.

    I suppose there's always some fascists somewhere on the planet...so I guess there is a small Hitler Youth-esque market for this book.

    June 24, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. John Black Hills/SD

    Any bush administration books are pornography in print. I'll make certain that I never buy a book published by Simon&Schuster.

    June 24, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. here we go

    A "student of history"... I don't believe has learned much, if he really was a student, he failed. The interesting part is "being told in a way his grandchildren will be able to understand" Oh yes, "fairy tales of the rich and famous" .......

    June 24, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. here we go

    Didn't he make enough thru Haliburton and his oil buddies during his tenure as VP....guess not!

    June 24, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Ohio Man

    well that explains everything now of why he has been so vocal.. when to be honest to you all i really didn't know who the the VP was when Bush in office for 7 of the 8yrs .. i remember some 1 asked me who was the VP back then because they didn't know.. and i said i have no idea i have never heard him speak or seen him .i really heard about him when he shot some1 n the face and it was ok no big deal.. as cheney said to the guy " ahhh it don't look that bad i didn't really have a good aim"...

    June 24, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Joe

    Im going to get in line today!!!!

    June 24, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. James M. Holmes

    Will it just be filled with more lies and deception? Does he reveal that he is truely the devil? Is it going to be a pop-up / coloring book so G. W. Bush will be able to read it?

    June 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. arc, Lugano CH

    In many ways, during his time as V.P., Dick Cheney was more powerful than the President of the United States.

    Love him or hate him Dick Cheney is an intriguing, respected, feared, loathed and loved man.

    Definitely worth a read.

    June 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Al Mellen

    I hope the ex-vice president will excuse me for not buying his book,,,,i never read FICTION. I am afraid we will never know the facts concerning the Bush, Cheney administration. We do know that on more than one occasion they both lied to the American taxpayer. As long as they are both living comfortably,,,,,that is the important thing. I hope your book deal gets the same treatment that you have wished for President Obama,,,,,,,,,i hope it is a failure,,,,,

    June 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. PaulMoATX

    Awesome, more money from the power-hungry Cheney. When you have money, you want power. When you have power, you want more power. Why do you think he can't keep his mouth shut? This is just more millions to add to the Halliburton money chest.

    June 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Perez Franz

    So now we know why the mouth has been busy on the news show circuit.

    June 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Shadysider

    Sorry Liz. Your child will grow up to learn his grandfather is the guy who helped orchestrate the torture program in Amercia, destroying American credibility in the process, and who also obtained an apology from a man who he shot in the face.

    June 24, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Alex

    and lo, all those who gazed upon the dark words scrawled in the blood of the innocents felt their very souls rent in twain

    June 24, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Who want's to read this criminals memoirs? The day it gets released I'm going to protest in front of Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores. Cheney belongs in jail with is buddy Scooter.

    June 24, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Mac

    I would like to call on all decent human beings to boycott this book. The last thing this guy needs is more incentive to run his mouth.

    June 24, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Laurie in Spokane

    Cheney's going to need that 2M to pay for his lawyers when (if?) he's ever indicted for war crimes, lying under oath, etc, while Bushs' VP. The sooner he's indicted, the better.

    June 24, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Scott, Tucson

    Has much as the left here hates Cheney, you have to admit he's far more intelligent than the current VP. By the way where is Joe???

    June 24, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Angus McDugan

    Why does Obama and the libs continue to blame Bush instead of being a man and taking care of business. It is so sad that Obama and his presidency of excuses focuses so much in the past instead of being his own man and owning the solutions that are needed. Obama, Stand up and be the man we need you to be.

    June 24, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. WhoCares?

    It will be under "Fiction" I hope.

    June 24, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    My question is why would anyone want to read what Dick Cheney, has to say. More than likely it will be his idea of the truth, which is not really realistic or true. We as a nation have suffer enough from what this man has done. It is time we truly move beyond him and let him go into history for what he really was a VERY POOR vice president.

    June 24, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Michele

    His grandchildren will understand that he tortured people for no reason except his fear. That he denigrated the President who followed him for political reasons, and that he is a liar.

    June 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Michigan_Bill

    This guy should be in prison. Not making more millions from his years of trying to take away all our freedoms.

    June 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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