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. Franco Tirado

    Alex Badme, Albuquerque, NM ". He's the most knowledgeable person on what really happened. Much better then BO and say it ain't so Joe."

    Of course he is. He lied his way across the USA and then invaded Iraq and brain washed people like you.
    He is a war criminal and along with Bush, Gonzles, Condi, belong at the Hague!!
    All his bloody earning should go to ALL HE FAMILIES of our dead GI's..

    June 24, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Skeptical

    Interesting that now that he has his book deal he hasn't been as vocal. Looks like Cheney's reality and need to set things straight has $$$ signs.

    June 24, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Paul Jenkins

    Speaking of former VP's making millions. At least Cheney is selling books (something tangible). Al Gore is making a fortune selling "carbon credits"! Ever seen a carbon credit? Neither have I. I assume they come in a bottle like snake oil.

    June 24, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. kishen c.rao

    who will read? not me wasting time and money.

    June 24, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Susan, Macedon New York

    As a librarian, I'll be putting this book in the Fiction section – maybe Fantasy? Because we sure know it won't be anything approaching what really happened.

    June 24, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Badger

    It's a self help book which teachs you how to get rich(er) whilst screwing your country over.

    June 24, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Michael

    I won't be standing in line for this book. Is it going to be fiction? Probably, without even trying.

    June 24, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. FrankD

    Remember the name, folks. Simon & Schuster - it used to be a reputable publisher, now stooping to this. Is business really that bad?

    June 24, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. mandym Annapolis

    I love it! The best VP ever is going to get even richer. This will really make the libs go crazy. I'll bet that the book goes to #1.

    After reading some of the comments here, its obvious that nobody can hate like people from the party of " Tolerance and Understanding" – what a joke.

    June 24, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Gizzi1213

    Ah, his new career as a fiction writer!!

    June 24, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Reben

    I wouldn't read it .
    wouldn't pay a dime for it

    June 24, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Boycotts Work

    Cheney is a criminal and should not have any rights.All businesses fear boycotts more than anything,they work.Call,write and Email today.

    June 24, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Neecy

    I just couldn't for the life of me, understand, why anyone would want to read a book that Dick Cheney penned. Amazing!

    June 24, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Matt d

    MJM:

    How about those WMD's...good old Colin Powell scapegoat at the UN holding the Vial.

    MJM and BOb F...part of the reason the USA has lost credibility.

    Thanks guys. GO find Palin

    June 24, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Clint

    More gems for the fear and hate mongers to lap up. Will the book include a transcript of his meetings with oil and energy companies? Will h detail his finances and what he made from Haliburton? I am sure that this book will be a classic.

    June 24, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. vegage

    Who is going to believe to this nazi after all the lies he has told to the American people? I would never buy his book.

    June 24, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Wendy

    What would his motive be for writing a book? He has more than enough money. Is he trying to redeem himself so his daughter might be considered for public office??? It's hard to win an election, when you Dad is in the slammer!

    June 24, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Carl Justus

    I would not and will not spend one cent for his bunch of lies,

    June 24, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Mentallect

    As long as it is filed under the FICTION because the only truth in it will be his name. Boycott Simon & Schuster forever if they pay blood money to one of the greatest psychopaths in history.

    June 24, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Michael

    Rush will spend a week trying to explain it's contents. Rush & Chaney, 2 men who should have spent time in jail and didn't.

    June 24, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Tulsa

    Can you say "war profiteer"?

    June 24, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. jenny

    Book deal – Millions
    Money spent sending military forces to a war based on a lie – Billions
    American lives lost – priceless.

    June 24, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. skippy

    Boycott this book.

    June 24, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Peter

    I hope that Dick Cheney end up facing a jury of his peers some day...essentially, he has set our country back so far we may never recover. All this coming from a chicken who didn't want to fight for his country like his peers...instead he got his draft card delayed until he didn't have to go...then he got into politics and became obsessed with bringing our country into war thinking this was his way to become wealthy. He personally benefited by his actions in office. In doing so, he actually committed crimes. Leaking CIA identities, lying to Congress, lying to UN...the list goes on and on...

    June 24, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Slappy White

    "Running a Facist Shadow Government for Dummies"

    by Shotgun Dick Cheney

    June 24, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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