Liz Cheney Promises "Urgent Warning" In Her New Memoir, "Oath And Honor"

Liz Cheney's publisher announced the release Liz Cheney's new memoir Tuesday, "Oath And Honor," promising the outspoken Trump critic to offer an “urgent warning” as told from her “gripping first-hand account from inside the halls of Congress.”

Leo Wolfson

April 19, 20234 min read

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Former Wyoming congresswoman and Republican firebrand Liz Cheney isn’t done sharing her outspoken political views.

Book publisher Little, Brown and Co. announced Tuesday the pending release of “Oath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning” by Cheney set to come out in November.

In it, the publisher promises a “gripping first-hand account from inside the halls of Congress” that should be an “urgent warning” to its readers.

“The last two years have shown us once again that our constitutional republic is not self-sustaining,” Cheney said in the Tuesday press release announcing the book. “It survives only because of the courage and honor of individual Americans.”

Cheney wants the 400-page book to serve as a warning about the fragility of the American constitutional republic and what it takes to be sustained. It aims to explain what’s at stake for the 2024 presidential election and why former President Donald Trump shouldn’t be allowed to have a second term.

Tied To Trump

Cheney gained national recognition as one of the few Republicans to challenge Trump after he questioned the results of the 2020 election.

She served as vice chair of the United States House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Attack, a panel arranged to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and Trump’s role in the event.

The committee concluded Trump instigated what some consider an insurrection and recommended criminal charges be brought against the former president.

Cheney’s role in speaking out against Trump and serving on the committee didn’t sit well with many Wyoming voters.

She was soundly beaten by 37% of the vote in her Republican primary reelection bid against U.S. Rep. Harriet Hageman last year.

What’s It About?

“Oath and Honor” will largely follow the narrative Cheney has championed since first speaking out against Trump in late 2020, saying the former president and other Republicans supporting him violated their oaths to the U.S. Constitution.

The book will outline actions taken by Trump and his allies after the 2020 election, which he continues to claim was rigged and stolen from him. It also was one of the major themes of the Jan. 6 hearings.

Cheney also plans to take readers inside the congressional rooms where leaders discussed Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the election.

She plans to outline lessons she believes were learned, sharing stories of “leadership, cowardice and courage.”

“When history looks back on this time, each elected official will have to answer the questions: Did we do our duty? Were we faithful to our oath of office?” Cheney said in the press release.

One part of the book that may provide some new information is Cheney’s explanation for why she was willing to sacrifice her political standing within the Republican Party to oppose Trump.

Cheney was chair of the House Republican Conference prior to speaking out, a prestigious role for a relatively young congresswoman like herself.

In May 2021, she was ousted from her position as the third-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House.

No Word On Presidential Run

Cheney has never been credited alone on a book before, but co-wrote a book with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, in 2016. 

According to the “Oath and Honor” press release, attorney Robert Barnett helped Cheney broker the book deal. 

Barnett has helped secure book deals for people such as her father, Laura and Jenna Bush, George Tenet, Alan Greenspan and for UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. He also helped secure an $8 million book deal for former first lady and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who he also represented as an attorney.

Cheney still hasn’t announced whether she will run for president in 2024, but the proposition may be less likely than it was nine months ago. A handful of Republicans, including Trump, have already announced they are running for the party’s nomination.

In March, it was announced Cheney would accept a guest lecturer role at the University of Virginia, which she was to begin immediately and continue through the fall 2023 semester.

With that commitment and book now slated to come out only a few months before the first Republican presidential caucuses, Cheney has two commitments thatcould potentially conflict with a presidential campaign. The first Republican presidential debate is scheduled for August.
Cheney’s book can be pre-ordered for $32.50 and is scheduled for release Nov. 14.

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Leo Wolfson

Politics and Government Reporter