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Dick Cheney joins tightknit group of political memoirists

By Laurie Bennett

June 24, 2009 at 8:54am

Dick Cheney has signed a book deal with Threshold Editions, the Simon & Schuster imprint edited by his close friend Mary Matalin.

The New York Times reports that Cheney will be paid about $2 million for his memoirs.

Threshold is also publishing the memoirs of Karl Rove, political strategist for the George W. Bush administration. Other recent Threshold titles include “Winning Right,” by former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie and “Now It’s My Turn,” by Mary Cheney, daughter of the former vice president.

Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney

Cheney’s other daughter, the increasingly outspoken Liz Cheney, is working with him on the book, which is scheduled for release in 2011.

Like many celebrity authors, Cheney was represented in the deal by Washington lawyer Robert Barnett. An equal-opportunity attorney, Barnett has also negotiated book contracts for Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sarah Palin and Tony Blair.

Matlin, a well-known Republican commentator and former RNC chief of staff, is also a Barnett client, as is her husband, Democratic strategist James Carville.

Other former members of the Bush administration who have landed book deals include the president and his wife; former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr.; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; and former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.

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