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.

“It 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. “I 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. Matt d

    Bob F:

    Loser, what about the FAKE WMD argument? How about the REPORTS on THAT.

    Loser Cheney fan.

    GO buy your book loser.

    June 24, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    I thought criminals couldn't make money from writing books. What's up with that!?!?!?
    To think that this piece of filth is going to get richer makes me puke!

    June 24, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Thomas

    This guy will go down as one of the greatest and most powerful VP's of America, unlike the spineless morons we have currently in power. Well deserved success! Enjoy.

    June 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Enlightened Voter

    Couldn't pay me to read it. What I really want to know though is, 911 happened on his and bushs' watch, how did they keep us safe??? Please answer that for me.

    June 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Ben

    This will be a wonderful record of how he gleefully ruined America... let him go down in history as a maniacal, ego-mad, monster.

    June 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. David

    The only people who care about more lies and deceptions from the hateful Mr Burns, are other right wing extremists. They will buy anything from their past leaders or FOX to help them justify their own selfish and deceitful behavior.

    June 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Greg in AR

    FACT CHECK...CNN ??? "book deal for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin"???

    Last I knew, she was still the Gov, although it is hard to tell with her being in the lower 48 most of the time.

    June 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Alex Badme, Albuquerque, NM

    Where can I order an advance copy. Can I order in bulk. I can't wait. I hope they are out in time to send out as Christmas gifts. He's the most knowledgeable person on what really happened. Much better then BO and say it ain't so Joe

    June 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Patriot

    Obviously, with all of these comments, Dick Cheney brings attention. With attention comes money.

    June 24, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Paul Jenkins

    Both the Clintons have made millions in the book business. Obama has a few out there. Why not Cheney? Let's be fair and balanced...oh, i forgot, this is not FOX News. Besides, it might be an instructional book on target shooting. Give him a break.

    June 24, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. slipthalo

    Okay, he has his book deal – now can he leave us alone and go into hiding to write it?

    June 24, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. sms29s

    Given the monstrous ego this man has, we may finally find out who ran this country for the past eight years–if it is even in doubt.

    June 24, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. RA

    The vitriolic responses are a sad commentary of the lunacy fomented by a seemingly Democratic controlled press. Let’s hope somehow some civility returns to the discussion.

    June 24, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. cheann

    that is some expensive toilet paper!

    June 24, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Franco Tirado

    Cheney give all the earnings to the family of our killed GI's in Iraq thanks to your lies and war criminal acts.

    I hope all those family suit him and demand that all the money be reattributed to all the families.

    Iraq is able to raised and cause hell. Here in the USA we were too coward to do that when Bush and Cheney were staining our land and the world with blood.

    June 24, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Danka1

    When Politian does bad things, they get a great book deal. Wow!

    June 24, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Phil

    As the joke goes, will it include the receipt he gave Saddam for the WMD's given during the Reagan/Bush era? . . .

    June 24, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. walleye

    What is the title of his book – How to RUIN a Country and avoid conviction in 5 easy steps?

    June 24, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. C White

    Who cares what this "war criminal" writes about. It's all lies anyway.

    June 24, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. HB

    So it'll be placed in the fiction or true crime section of bookstores, right?

    June 24, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    This man caused the death of over 5,000 soldiers, 100,000 + innocent Iraq civilians, bankrupted this country, started a war based on a lie, committed treason and many other crimes, I hope he writes the book from behind bars.How he lives with himself I cannot fathom. republicans lie, don't care about the middle class or the country, just about getting rich and then want to stomp those like this decent President we currently have just to hold onto power. I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR ANOTHER REPUBLICAN AS LONG AS I LIVE!

    June 24, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. PhillyNERus

    More fascinating study of Cheney Derangement Syndrome on this board. Requirements: Lack of intelligence (IQ of 40), frothing at the mouth, and ad hominem attacks. The best part, is to hear the afflicted inquire how anyone could disagree with their rational thoughts. God, CNN message boards are a source of endless entertainment. Who says you can't have cheap fun in a recession?

    June 24, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. history repeats

    why would ANYBODY want to hear dick cheney's perspective on anything??

    June 24, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Brett

    This book is not worth the trees used to make it!! Toilet paper has a better use of trees than this book. Cheney will go down in history as a war criminal no matter what he writes or thinks.

    June 24, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Charles

    You know this is information age. Information are all available and digitally stored. Everything he said and worte will be compared with his book. He has to explain many many contraditions and answer many many unanswered questions in his book that he is not able to. So I guess he will tell more lies in his book and collect money and enjoy his life (with blood on his hands!)

    June 24, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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