This is perhaps the most delayed book review I have ever done, but part of the reason I put it off–apart from sheer and unbelievable laziness, mixed with less time to blog than I would want–is that I have been waiting for my law review article to come out on Dick Cheney’s book, and on the former vice president’s conception of executive power. You can find the article here, and a Google Docs version can be found here. My thanks to Professor Larry Solum for linking to the piece. For law nerds, the citation is as follows: Pejman Yousefzadeh, Dick Cheney and the Robust Conception of Presidential Power, 16 Tex. Rev. L. & Pol. 367 (2012) (reviewing Dick Cheney, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir (2011)). (The text after the word “reviewing” should be in small caps, which I cannot seem to paste in WordPress.)
As for the book itself, I thought it did a good job of giving a straightforward explanation of Cheney’s view of the issues of the day, but I disapproved of the writing style to some extent; it struck me as terse and not very expansive–especially when discussing Cheney’s personal life and experiences apart from politics. To be sure, as the law review article mentions, this terseness is characteristic of Cheney, but I thought that it did not quite do to leave readers wanting more when he delved into personal reflections. I recognize that Cheney will never be the type to lie down on the couch and lay bare all of his feelings regarding personal issues, but to coin a phrase common in politics, at many points in his narrative, he left me with more questions than answers.