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. Reformed Republican

    I'm with you "Shadysider" and "Mac"...
    Cheney is a true American war criminal and no amount of delusional bleatings, fear mongering and lying on his part is gonna change that.

    June 24, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Rich

    I will pass his book in the bookstore as if it did not even exist. I would not even flip the cover like I do in the supermarket checkout line for magazines. Cheney belongs in jail.

    June 24, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. donttreadonme

    I plan on buying the book. Thank you Vice President for eight years of OUTSTANDING service in the most difficult of times.

    You can’t put someone in jail because you don’t like their policies…..please give me a break. Iraq was approved by the Congress and you need more proof than Huffington and MSNBC spin!

    Whine all you want but in the end nothing will happen!!

    June 24, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Joe

    Writing and Publishing Books will not Absolve him of his War Crimes.

    Past Good Deeds will not Wash Away his Acts of Crimes.

    He is Responsible for Misleading Americans into War and Death of 4300 US Troops.

    He Worst than Hitler and Saddam.

    When is he going to be Prosecuted, Tried and Jailed/Executed?

    June 24, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Cathy

    I am looking forword to this. If he tells the truth I wonder how many laws,commandment as well amendments did he and his friends break .I bet it's alot more than anyone knows.

    June 24, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Kimberley

    I wouldn't touch it even in the bargain bin.

    June 24, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Grahame

    I seriously hope that one dark night Chaney meets some of the families of the American soldiers he had killed in an ally somewhere. Of course it wont happen because Chaney is a yellow coward

    June 24, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Melissa

    Great. So he can lie through his teeth in a book and the rightwing nutjobs will be dumb enough to believe it and be willing to go to war (because thats a Republicans answer to everything) over his lies.

    June 24, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. honest Ab

    I don't understand why someone would want to support or write a book for someone who has murdered our troops for their greed and profit. Maybe, these are same people who condon such criminals, due to them getting something out of the deal. Crooks = Crooks.

    June 24, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. T

    Chaney play some Americans for fools. This is the reason why he was out there telling his side, so that some would be on his side.
    He play some for a SUCKER just to sale his book. 75% of Americans
    did not believe a word he said. 25% did you 25% shame on you for
    going to the other side. Chaney needs to be in jail ! LIAR LIAR LIAR
    The name of the book: The Lies I Told

    June 24, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. slkwly

    Well, at least we know what all of Fox (Faux) News anchors/hosts and their vast array of intellectually challenged viewers will be reading soon...

    June 24, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. truthsayer

    The war monger, war profiteer and war criminal gets a book deal.....wow! isnt America great.

    Simon & Schuster, I hope this book tanks!!

    June 24, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. ANNY

    Won't buy it.......won't read it............could care less what he has to say

    June 24, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Dave

    Of course, let me get a couple more million upon the millions I've already fleeced.

    June 24, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. GI Joe

    I wouldn't read his lies for free – know I won't spend my money on his garbage. He brought our country to it's knees. Lock him up.

    June 24, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Mike Garcia

    Lots of left-wing haters out today. I suppose they're all angry that Cheney went toe-to-toe against Obama debating national security issues – and won hands down. Pretty embarassing when the "messiah" is taken down by the most unpopular VP since Al Gore.

    June 24, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Bill

    I don't see why so many of you are "furious"? It's a book. Period. Read it or don't. Maybe you "furious" folks would rather have a book burning? Maybe freedom of speech only applies to you and yours? You are a joke.

    June 24, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    So that is why he has been all over the television...drumming up sales for his this pulp novel. Maybe he can explain what he undisclosed location was and what he was aiming at when he shot someone in the face.

    June 24, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Beverly in NC

    Didn't Cheney make enough blood money from the Iraq War and his illegal profiteering through his company, Haliburton?

    Whoever publishes this pack of more lies should donate any dollar they make from it to the healthcare needs of all the wounded and maimed Iraq vets and to the welfare of all the military families of the soldiers Cheney murdered because of his fraudulent Iraq War.

    Evil should be rewarded with prison, not with more money for more lies told.

    June 24, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. iupg

    This will be sold in the "Fiction" section, right?

    June 24, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Mississippi Mike

    The difference between Cheney and Obama's book deals is that Cheney has actual experiences to write about as compared to the three autobiographies Obama wrote before being elected president.

    June 24, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Independent in Virginia

    Everyone getting angry about a book written by a guy who's no longer in charge.

    Yet, a group of people with a lower approval rating than Cheney, Nancy Pelosi and the rest of that Congress, continues to write legislation that most of you posters are never concerned with...

    I understand if 75% of the country doesn't buy his book in 2 years. By then, because of legislation written by this Congress, none of them will be able to afford it.

    June 24, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Jeff Davis

    Gee, I thought liberals believed a person was innocent until proven guilty. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, all Republicans are criminals. A real cross-section of opinion expressed on this site.

    June 24, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. KMAN

    Time to boycott Simon & Schuster!

    June 24, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. ex-republican

    Only some right-wings nutts will buy this book. And, knowing how many of them can read, it will be disaster for this book sale.

    June 24, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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