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. TomJay

    How bad was Cheney? Obama has continued the rendition program. Obama has continued the eavesdropping under FISA. Obama is still funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, except that Obama's drone bombs are killing civilians in Pakistan. Obama doesn't want reporters to know who visits the White House. Obama hasn't closed Gitmo yet. Obama's Justice Department defends DOMA, which puts Obama to the right of Cheney. Obama still has DADT. So, Obama doesn't waterboard terrorists, point one for Obama.

    June 24, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. playlist

    Memoir is title "Lies and Lost Lives of a Liver-gut draft dodger"

    June 24, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Allan

    I thought we passed laws preventing criminals from profiting by selling their story? Will the proceeds go to pay for reconstructive surgery for the children maimed in Iraq?

    June 24, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. John

    Cheney is a good man.

    Thank God we didn't have Gore/Kerry in office the past 8 years!

    I've had enough of Chicago Style politics in the 6 months of FAIL that Obama has brought on this country!

    June 24, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. DX in TX

    Dear Cheney, better known as The Devil on the Right Shoulder of Bush! Rove posed as an Angel on his Left Shoulder, poor Bush didn't stand a chance....

    I plan to buy one copy of your book, then I will make a million copies to give to the American people. I feel you have wasted enough of the taxpayer's money.


    June 24, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Tamara in Montana

    I wouldn't buy a book and contribute to the coffers of anyone from that corrupt administration. I would, however, recommend reading Vincent Bugliosi's "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder." A citizens guide to exacting justice for the damaging acts of the previous 8 years.

    June 24, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Bubba

    Sure, now you see why he wanted a bunch of documents declassified; so he could put them in his crappy book as padding and filler. Hope nobody buys a single copy . . .

    June 24, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. slickingdom

    Sounds to me like he is trying to save-face in the annals of political
    history for being part of a failed administration. He's using his early years
    as a cover-up. Just like George W. wants to open a library just on his administration??? It's a continuation to cover-up failure. Pick and choose
    carefully what you want everyone to know Mr. Cheney.
    This story also states:..........
    "Robert Barnett, the Washington lawyer who most recently negotiated a book deal for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin".

    I almost jumped for joy on that one. I thought maybe she left politics.......
    Too bad it's not true....

    June 24, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. ender

    Its very simple Angus.

    The Republicans wish to place this deficit and all the burdens they created for us, squarely on Obama and the Democrats while hoping people will forget who got us into this mess.

    I think it prudent to remind Americans that it's not Obama or the Democrats who got us in this deplorable position. But Bush and the "fiscally responsible" (HA!! at that claim) Republicans.

    Obama is doing an excellent job considering how badly the last administration screwed things up. He's ovbiously working harder than Bush did. You remember Bush don't you? The president who took more vacations than any other previous president?

    June 24, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. pam Eugene OR

    I hate it that Cheney will be even richer for his horrid deeds. He already made millions from the war He and Bush started. His Halliburton money has the blood of over 4,300 young Americans on it.
    I know the ditto heads will line up to buy this book and make Cheney even wealthier and I admit that makes me crazy with rage.
    I find some peace in the knowledge that this criminal can not take his blood money with him when he rots in HELL.

    June 24, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Kevin

    Why isn't this man in prison? He should be able to write whatever he wants in a cage. 23 hour lockdown. One of the greatest injustices in the history of America and the entire world is to allow Dick Cheney and GWB flaunt their wealth as free men after they completely sank America'a economy, and started an unlawful war that claimed the lives of thousands of American soldiers. This man is a criminal to the core and should be punished for his actions.

    June 24, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. a little sad

    Isn't there a law to prevent criminals from profiting by writing books about their crimes?

    June 24, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Joe Terrogano

    First him, then daughter Liz. Stirring up the airwaves in the name of national security. Concern oozing out of their pores for our safety. But wait, how about some bucks while they are at it. Hey, no problem here. This is the hallmark of these conservatives, making mine and you are on your own.

    June 24, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Ellen Rudolph

    To Angus:
    The answer to your question is, because people tend to forget and then go on to blame others who are trying to correct past mistakes which led us to where we currently are.
    If you were being blamed for an economy that more than bombed under aprior administration, what would you do? Would you not remind folks that this occurred outside of your watch? I am a Republican but I am tired of the dishonesty and immaturity. One should man-up and take responsibility for his actions.

    June 24, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. annie s

    This man, in my opinion, is evil and caused America irreparable harm. Do you think he'll discuss his war crimes? Or Haliburton's no-bid contracts? Or how he spitefully helped to expose a CIA agent's identity?

    June 24, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Stu-Florida

    What's tjhe title going to be?
    "the Fleecing of America... How I did It"

    How is it the loosers tend to make millions off their trials and tribulations. Those like the "Octo-Mom"

    Boycott the book... we've paid enough with precious lives
    and countless billions of $$$

    June 24, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. ck

    Good for you Mr Cheney. Thanks for keeping us safe for 8 yrs.

    All the best and success to you!!

    June 24, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. DJJ

    So is this really going to be a run-thru of his opening statement and defense strategy at his upcoming war crimes trial?

    June 24, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Mark Dover, Delaware

    Who says "Government does not create wealth?' ohh..Bush and Cheney said that.

    June 24, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Bubba

    Gotta admit I'm not happy with Simon&Shuster right now; it's definitely going to impact my buying habits.

    June 24, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Kevin

    Simon & Schuster publications should be boycotted by ALL TRUE AMERICANS until they withdraw themselves from Dick Cheney's quest to become richer.

    June 24, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Luke Brown

    This is a great. I'm placing my advance order now.

    Surely this book will straighten out everything about the Bush years in the direct, honest style we've come to love about Cheney.

    NOT !!!!

    June 24, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. rand

    Oh Boy, that will be a must read!!!! I am sure it will be full of truthful facts.

    If none of us bought the book, then perhaps these criminals would quit profiting.

    June 24, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. hmmm...

    maybe it's time to read something not skewed by the liberal media....or the idiot michael moore?

    You all think you are so informed. Obama is not going to put the Bush administration on trial because he now knows all the facts now that he is in office. He now knows that all decisions made by the Bush/Cheney were in the best interest of the country but has too much of an ego to admit it.

    June 24, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Tom in CA

    He's going to have to do a lot of scrubbing, disinfecting and rinsing to get ride of his stain on history.

    Unless it's going to be a fairy tale. Are the Brothers Grimm the ghost writers?

    June 24, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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