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. SS

    In case you were wondering why Cheney has been so vocal lately....

    June 24, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Hey, why not? After all, the American public payed him to lie for 8 years. Is it so suprising that some publisher is willing to do so as well in order to turn a profit?

    June 24, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Diwakar

    I agree with Kevin's comments. Everyone in the world knows that he is behind the unfortunate war that led to death of thousands, many more than even the so called "Saddam" contributed to. Now he gets to write a book and make more millions.:-). Is there someone called GOD?? and is HE watching all this.

    June 24, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    File it under fiction.

    June 24, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Ivan

    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 is Worst than Hitler and Saddam.

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

    June 24, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Bill

    Donate the money to wounded U.S. soldiers still dealing with your mess in Iraq, Mr. Cheney. How nice you get to sit in your comfy home and collect your thoughts... for a few million.

    June 24, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. James, Ho. TX

    Simon and Shuster throwing good money after bad ! Does Simon and Shuster believe they can Nial the Truth via 9/11 ? Hasta Leugo !

    June 24, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Lynn

    I hope he apologizes to his grandchildren for the misery he caused.

    June 24, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Greg

    He does know that all his comments, speaches, policy decisions are a matter of public record, right? He will not be able to make up a new view of history. It will be interesting to see if his book is put in the fiction or non-fiction section.

    June 24, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. A registered republican

    Lies and more lies. Putting it in print will not make it the truth.

    June 24, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. mk

    That's one bit of fiction I won't be reading. In fact, I may not ever buy a book published by Simon and Shuster ever again. I know that will not hurt them in the least but it will make me feel better. Dick Cheney is pure evil.

    June 24, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Chester Drawers

    I'd call it "Dead Man Walking".

    June 24, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. J

    I thought criminals are not supposed to profit from their crimes??

    June 24, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    The title of his book should be, "Confessions of a Crook, Coward & Traitor".

    June 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. deborah, WV

    I won't be buying it! I'm sure he's made enough cash already from his friends at Exxon Mobile and Haliburton!!

    June 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Jim in Florida

    To the leftist Bush-Cheney haters on this board. That is why we live in s free society, you can buy the book if you want to or not.

    Oh, I see, some of you would love to suppress Cheny's right to publish a book. That would place you in the Obamaist camp of thought.

    So much for free speech, huh, all ye Left wing "protectors" of our freedoms.

    June 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. FF

    Cheney has accomplished far more in his life than Obama ever will. And his story is a far more interesting one. As for the comments that suggest Cheney is a criminal: what crimes did he commit? Please be specific. And if you believe the war on terror was illegal and wrong, how do you account for Obama's support for many of the same policies (rendition, option to "torture" if president deems it's necessary, military tribunals, wiretapping, etc).

    Do you remember Cheney's debate with John Edwards? Child's play! Cheney would expose the superficiality of Obama's worldview just as easily in a one-on-one debate.

    June 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Frank Lee

    Dick better get it written before he lands in prison or succumbs to a bad ticker......

    June 24, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    @ Obama Victim, who said "The best way to respond to liberal losers chiding Mr Cheney is for him to continue succeeding!!"

    I suppose that highlights a difference between the GOPers/neocons and the rest of the human race: it's all about th emoney for you people. You can define "success" as being rich all you want. I'm pretty sure the rest of us consider leaving a legacy of destructive domestic and foreign policies and almost universally reviled as a war criminal and torturer tends to overshadow the bank account. He can write his own version of history all he wants...the text books, methinks, won't be so forgiving.

    June 24, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Angus McDugan

    To Ellen Rudolph: Who wants excuses. It will only give you less reason to fix the problem. That is what we all should want.

    June 24, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Independent in Virginia

    ender June 24th, 2009 11:33 am ET

    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 used to be with you. Until Obama said the stimulus and his bailout would cease the unemployment rate at 8%.

    Thus, at 8% unemployment, Obama officially took over the economy in my book. Now he's saying that 10% is going to happen...sorry, but he shouldn't have made that 8% bet on stimulus.

    June 24, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. LiLa

    Here's hoping that writing takes up all of Cheney's time so we don't have to see him popping up on every show that will have him for the next year or so.

    June 24, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. No More Cheney

    Maybe, he'll go on a world tour to promote his book and will finally be arrested for war crimes by the international community.

    June 24, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    It'll be the story of his exile to some small foreign country once the charges for war crims and torture hit the fan: "See Dick Run."

    June 24, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Obama 2.0

    I won't waste my money on his book, I already know the story to well, but on another note, President Obama needs to cut the crap about smoking. He needs to quit, period. He cannot expect people & children to respect the "do as I say and not as I do" perspective. He is the President of the United States and needs to be stronger (will power) than that. Enough already. And I voted for him, and I think he is doing a great job, but the smoking thing is not cute. Maybe he should go see a pair of tar filled lungs at a Body Worlds Exebition.

    President OBAMA, the Nation is watching, especially kids, and they will think that smoking is not good but that it is aceptable to be falling of the wagon like you do.

    June 24, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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