Former Vice President Dick Cheney is shopping a multi-million dollar book deal among publishers that will include his memoirs and possibly a policy book, according to The New York Times.
A person familiar with discussions told the Times that asked for more than $2 million for his advance. By comparison, former President George W. Bush got an advance estimated to be well into the millions for a look into 12 of his most important decisions, and Bill Clinton drew a $15 million advance for his memoirs.
Cheney’s friends told the Times that he does not need the money and has made clear in his talks that he is eager to give a full accounting of his life in politics that will debunk his many critics. The proposed memoir would function not only as the story of his role in four Republican administrations but also as a history of “the entire Republican ascendancy going back to Nixon,” the Times reported.
Cheney has talked with houses including HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, where Mary Matalin, his close friend and adviser, is editor in chief of Threshold, the conservative imprint that is also publishing former presidential adviser Karl Rove’s book. Matalin’s long history with Cheney has made her imprint a logical home for his book.
John Hannah, a senior adviser to Cheney at the White House, said Cheney is trying to figure out how to strike a balance between his life story and his hotly debated tenure serving with Mr. Bush.
“The question was, Do you do the 40 years in Washington, given all his experiences in different jobs and perspectives?” Hannah told the Times. “Or do you need to do something fairly quickly to answer and to discuss the last eight years?”
As the talks continue, Cheney is writing out his thoughts longhand in an office above his garage in Virginia and is in frequent contact with the other Bush administration officials, including the former president.
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