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. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    How much of the information he provides will be redacted?

    June 24, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. TJ

    This immoral, evil , repugnant moron is going to be paid to justify his lies and manipulations and criminal behavior, yet people continue to live in poverty and die in an unnecessary war. This is a terrible shame. Seriously, this is as bad as OJ writing the "If I Did It" book. GO AWAY DICK and DON'T COME BACK!!!

    June 24, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Albert

    Hitler wrote Mein Kampf.

    Cheney will Write "Spill Blood".

    June 24, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Tania

    Will not waste my money on this

    June 24, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Why would anyone buy this book?

    June 24, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Glennis

    Say what you will, Cheney has as much right to sell a book as anyone else. And he's no more a felon than our current crop of losers. At least he has more life experience, including useful experience under his belt than our current president who thought so highly of himself it took more than one book.

    June 24, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. makesUwonder

    I love to read and I can't wait to read Mr. Cheney's book.

    June 24, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. julian

    It becomes clear...I was wondering why the former VP was issuing such inane statements in the last three months. This wazs all a press junket for his book. I get it.

    June 24, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Mike

    I guess this scam bug was all along trying to sell a book and didn't care about the country's security!

    June 24, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Bill

    I would not waist my time reading it!

    June 24, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. B.C.H

    Sadly, people will actaully buy it!

    June 24, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. EBJ

    Millions of dollars for him, Palin and other stories of fiction? RECESSION?? WHAT STINKING RECESSION???? Maybe Obama IS doing something right since all this money is starting to flow freely.

    June 24, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Julie

    Cheney is a Terrorist.

    Are Books written by Terrorists allowed to be Published and Sold in US?

    June 24, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Matt d

    I PRAY he includes the names of the American soldiers ELECTROCUTED to death while showering in Iraq in Haliburton/KBR made facilities where he's on the board and is STILL collecting income from that firm.

    How about THAT? Perhaps give some of your book deal to those families.

    That book will be a RAG.

    June 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Rick the ex-republican

    I agree with $$ comments, this explains why Cheney has been out schtumping in front of every camera and microphone he could find. The guy may be pure evil but he's nothing if not lethally practical. Who would have bought a book from a guy living in a bunker that never revealed his views publicly?

    June 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. David

    Millions? Are you serious? Give me $1,000 and a box of Crayola's and you'll get a better product. What a waste of money...

    June 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Dan Holiday

    For all of you liberal parrots out there, please tell me his crimes. You say this so much that you think it to be true, but it is not. He did not commit any crimes. If he did, then provide proof...not crap that you heard from your hippy friends, but real facts. You can't. He did not kill anyone. He is not a war criminal...so stop whining. My God. You all sound so stupid. Start learning how things in this world work...not your little hippy flower child Utopia, but the real world. Get the facts, then and only then will I even begin to have a dialogue with any of you nitwits.

    P.S. And when I say facts, I mean facts...not what you read on some stupid website or heard from blogs. Real facts that contain references so that we can see them. I know this will be impossible. That is why I asked specifically for real facts...lol. Losers.

    June 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. MJM

    TO: bob f

    A-MEN brother and you got that right!

    June 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. RFK

    "...former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin." If only!

    June 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. carrie , alabama

    What Cheney needs is more millions .....after all, the millions he made on the Iraq war will obviously not be enough for retirement! How he can sleep at night is beyond me !

    June 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. matt

    "How I Duped the USA and got a Book Deal."

    June 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Candy West Virginia

    The title: "How Bush and I ruined this country in just 8 years."

    June 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Sick -n- Tired

    And the book will be listed under "F" for FICTION! Can you say CYA??

    June 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Francesco

    This man belongs in prison. He spent the last eight years accumulating wealth by ignoring the interests of the United States with his own, and now gets millions for a book deal. What a world!

    June 24, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. suzyku

    I wouldn't pay 2 cents to read anything this evil jerk writes! It's bad enough that he was the V.P. of this country for 8 horrible years, it's not even possible to look at his ugly, mean face without getting sick!

    June 24, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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