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. bcords

    he's a liar and a thief and i wont be buying anything he says. its all a scam to try and re-write what actually happened. go away you disgusting dispicable creton

    June 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. JA/TN

    Americans, buy all kind of trash, the Gotti family had a tv show, this Jon/Kate & 8 trash sold in America are we surprised

    June 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Mel of Alexandria

    Such a book from one who has lost all credibility will not make any sense. If he says it, I will not believe it. So why purchase it. Lies and more lies.

    June 24, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Jean-Paul Leroux

    Who cares....... Go away already....Those books will sell in the rural areas only....

    June 24, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. gl, Pittsburgh

    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.

    Which means this book is going to be fool of lies if he want to impress his grandkids. Liz Checny is another Sara Palin. I hope Liz and Palin be on the same ticket for 2012.

    June 24, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Ted Tartaglia

    Another Republican loser profiteering from his misdeeds.

    What is the name of Cheney's book, "Recollections of a Coward"?

    June 24, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. lil

    Please People dont buy this book, Take a friend who dont have a job
    to a movie instead or take some homeless children to a park.
    Dick Cheney already have more money than he needs.

    June 24, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Anonymous

    I wonder if he will write about his involvement with the CIA mind control operation code named MK-Ultra especially involving Cathy O'brien.

    June 24, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Kevin Donovan

    Do people actually care what this lying, dishonest, ruthless, demented person has to say? DICK – you've done enough damage. Shut up and crawl back under the rock from which you came.

    June 24, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Big red shoes

    Look at the traitor and thief.

    June 24, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. rip off

    who would buy those lies after 8 years of NOT talking!

    June 24, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Brian0901

    I don't care what this scumbag has to say.

    June 24, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. David - Charlotte, NC

    Who gives a crap about this unconvicted felon.

    June 24, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. LB in FL

    Oh great. Just what this criminal needs, more money. Please people, DO NOT purchase this book when it comes out. I think we already know what it says anyway...lies, lies and more lies.

    Why isn't he in jail yet?

    June 24, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Dave

    Between Cheney's and Dumbya's books being written, it should be a profitable time for the folks at Crayola.

    June 24, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Esco

    Yea...no thanks

    June 24, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Craig in NC

    Dang, I got to get on with the government. So many ways to cash in and make some scratch.

    June 24, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Go away Cheney

    I would never pay that much for toilet paper...I'll probably be deleted cause CNN hates when I post...o well...

    June 24, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. JS007

    This is good for federal prosecutors, all the evidence they'll need neatly catalogued in one place.

    June 24, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. WhoCares?

    "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???"

    He probably is...he is also about 50x more EVIL also.

    June 24, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Susan

    OK. So I am not buying any book from Simon & Schuster's anymore.

    June 24, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is one of those cases that the publisher will be able to sell this only to a niche market. The group would be those that assume that the president can do no wrong and all power should be there and none in Congress when someone they like is in power. This group also dislikes civil liberties for other people.

    June 24, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Dawn in Pa

    Cheney's book will be titled "How we did not keep you safe on 2001 and how to take control of the United States Consititution, shreddreing it and all of the American people will live in a Police State."

    It will be filled with lies, and how his Company electricuted our Soldiers. How he conned the American People into a war of choice...

    This man should be in jail, and Not Allenwood either.

    June 24, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. Chris

    There's only one group of people he can't blame for the problems he left: Democrats. There's also only one group he will blame for the problems: Democrats.

    June 24, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. gl, Pittsburgh

    You must have a boring life if you read a book about the evil Dick Chencey nothing but a bunch of lies, lies, and more lies.

    June 24, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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