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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA


    Harass me please! It wouldn't compare to the continuing harrassment from politicians like Cheney and Palin whenever they open their ignorant mouths.

    June 24, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. white female

    I agree all good men should boycott the whole bunch of Repubs, that has nothing to say or write. NOTHING, and while we are at it please boycott that piece of trash that morning Joe has out.
    Have you notice how nice he has become lately, his is so two faced, he is out now saying such nice things about the President, and his Admin. staff and now calling him Presidemt Obama, all before his bokk came out it was Barack Obama, with no respect, and oh how he should lead, his is not doing anything for the employment problem, his not doing anything to fix the bank, etc. etc, what an uneducated fool with no class, and the president was so right (HE JUST DON'T KNOW WHEN TO STOP TALKING PERIOD). i WISH THEY TAKE HIM OFF TV I AM TRIED OF SEEING HIS FACE

    June 24, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. ThinkAboutIt

    Let the re-writing of history begin! Let the muddying of waters commence! Cheney knows he's guilty of war crimes and treason – and he is doing anything and everything to protect his fanny.

    June 24, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. mac

    Back in the days after Watergate, when several of the indicted co-conspirators secured book deals and published their stories, a bookstore featured them on a table marked "BOOKS BY CROOKS"

    It's time to bring that sign out again!

    June 24, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. moosehead

    Well orchestrated Mr. Cheney. Make the rounds on the talk shows, uttering all kinds of garbage and incendiary crap,... then when everybody's mad at you( like they weren't before), make zillions on a phony book deal, which will probably reveal none of the stuff the public is craving. The formula works every time.

    June 24, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Simmy

    The next book I buy from Simon & Schuster will be mine.....It's all about the greed with them.....

    June 24, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Buster

    Too bad for all you Bush and Cheney haters....Cheney is not guilty with your Valerie Plame witch hunt. Did you see that on MSNBC?

    June 24, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. vernis Robertson

    He must be making a book deal with the Satin . No one wants to hear the lies that he will tell in the book . He is the cause of whats happening around the world. This goes back to the Ronald Reagan administration.

    June 24, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Philadelphia

    This dirt bag needs more money, while the rest of us drown for decades to come, from the great Bush legacy!!!

    How do these Godless people sleep at night.

    June 24, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. ThinkAboutIt

    "Being told in a way his grandchildren will be able to understand."

    Well, makes sense, given that the Cheney/Bush Administration treated us all like stupid children (who should be seen – in the voting booth – but not heard).

    Every day I am so thankful America WOKE UP and elected President Obama!

    June 24, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Larry

    Cheney is a pathological liar. I don't believe a word he says.

    Why would I buy his book?

    June 24, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. NVa Native

    So this is why the nasty old coot came out from hidding to spew all his vile opinions about America and our President. Of course with him it's all about the money. I guess Fox media will have an abundance of "new" history (lies & deceptions) to re-distribute to it's minions. Oh joy.

    June 24, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Tanja

    So that is why he has been shooting his mouth off. He wants to get some airtime to sell his book.

    I hope he includes all of the details on how he and his "puppet" Bush transferred all of America's wealth to the likes of Halliburton, BlackWater and other corporations.

    June 24, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. john

    Reward criminals with millions of dollars. What kind of message are we sending to the youth of this country? Crime pays.

    June 24, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. The Original No Incumbents 2010

    Probably will be a best seller. It seems that many conservative books are on the best seller list. Some are leaving the shelves in a day. Just wondering now, who is out of touch with mainstream America?

    June 24, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. phoenix86


    Obama took a $1 trillion deficit from Bush and doubled it in less than 100 days. Remember how the $800 million porkulus package was going to result in creating thousands of jobs? Well, the US has lost well over a million since the bill was signed.

    How much longer before you begin to hold Obama accountable for his actions? It seems like you dems NEED Bush to blame so that you don't have to admit that you were deceived by Obama.

    June 24, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Linda, Phoenix, Arizona

    Who cares what this traitor , war profiteer, war monger, chicken hawk who found a way not to fight in the Vietnam war has to say about anything? He is a liar and a criminal who should already be in jail.
    Simon and Schuster, I wll not be buying any books you publish
    The last thing America needs is more lies and rewriting of history from traitors and thieves. Do you think he will tell you how much profit Halliburton stole from America during his reign? Will he come clean about outing Valerie Plame, thus degrading the CIA's efforts to find REAL wmds? Will he tell us what he had to do with 9/11 when he called down the air force defenses before the second plane hit the towers? Will he tell any truth? I doubt it. Prosecute him for torture, war crimes, and treason and then let him write about that.

    June 24, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Chris D.

    The rich get richer........I tell you, this man and his daughter make some good points, but they also hand it to you with layers of lies attached. I have no respect for this man.

    June 24, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. phoenix86

    Pam in Oregon,

    If you're right, perhaps you can ask him yourself when you get there as well.

    June 24, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. dominican mama 4 Obama

    He wants to make sure his story is told in a way his grandkids will...not be able to blame him for his catastrophic selfishness and greed is more like it. He wants to be able to state it in such a way that will make him look heroic and blameless versus insidious and evil. He wants to.... oh, you get the picture...

    June 24, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Claudia in Houson

    Making money on almost 5,000 deceased military men and women in the Middle east is totally disgraceful. The military men and women and their families should protest and Liz Cheney should be ashame of herself talking about Cheney's grandchildren understand and appreciating him. Many children never got to know their fathers who have been killed in the Middle East nor will their grandchildren every look into their eyes.

    June 24, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. New Era

    We he tell all the truth????

    June 24, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. New Era

    Will he tell all the truth and nothing but the truth????

    June 24, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Anonymous

    I thought it was against the law for criminals to profit from their crimes/misdeeds.

    June 24, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. JimG

    Dick Cheney's memoirs?

    ... But there's already a book called "Interview With the Vampire!"

    June 24, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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