Rice and Cheney; Dueling Memoirs

The embargo on Dick Cheney’s memoir, In My Time (Threshold/S&S, 8/30) has already been broken. In a review that appears in print tomorrow, the New York Times‘ Michiko Kakutani follows up on Cheney’s claim that the book will cause heads to “explode all over Washington.”

If it does, she says, it will be because of Cheney’s “dry, truculent prose [which] turns out to be mostly a predictable mix of spin, stonewalling, score settling and highly selective reminiscences.”

Kakutani says the book describes Bush era Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as “naïve and inexperienced in her efforts to reach a nuclear weapons agreement with North Korea.”

Perhaps not so coincidentally, Crown announced today that Condoleezza Rice’s memoir of that period, No Higher Honor, will be released on Nov. 1. The press release claims that her account will be “vivid and forthright.”

Right; particularly if she gets a chance to revise the manuscript after reading Cheney’s book.

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