Like Donald Rumsfeld, Known and Unknown pulls no punches.
With the same directness that defined his career in public service, Rumsfeld's memoir is filled with previously undisclosed details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also features Rumsfeld's unique and often surprising observations on eight decades of history: his experiences growing up during the Depression and World War II, his time as a Naval aviator; his service in Congress starting at age 30; his cabinet level positions in the Nixon and Ford White Houses; his assignments in the Reagan administration; and his years as a successful business executive in the private sector.
Rumsfeld addresses the challenges and controversies of his illustrious career, from the unseating of the entrenched House Republican leader in 1965, to helping the Ford administration steer the country away from Watergate and Vietnam, to bruising battles over transforming the military for the 21st century, to the war in Iraq, to confronting abuse at Abu Ghraib and allegations of torture at Guantanamo Bay.
Along the way, he offers his plainspoken, first-hand views and often humorous and surprising anecdotes about some of the world's best known figures, from Margaret Thatcher to Saddam Hussein, from Henry Kissinger to Colin Powell, from Elvis Presley to Dick Cheney, and each American president from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
Rumsfeld relies not only on his memory but also on previously unreleased and recently declassified documents. Thousands of pages of documents not yet seen by the public will be made available on an accompanying website.
Known and Unknown delivers both a fascinating narrative for today's readers and an unprecedented resource for tomorrow's historians.
Proceeds from the sales of Known and Unknown will go to the veterans charities supported by the Rumsfeld Foundation.
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1 . excellent
Posted May 19, 2011 by NYFO FAM , CTHow little the average American knows about life outside it's boundaries. This guy's a pro and he "gets it". Rumsfeld has experienced more than almost anyone. I have a new respect for the old man. Thank God he was in place when the country needed a man of his character the most.
2 . Eye Opener
Posted April 02, 2011 by D Carson , CrossvilleWe live in a country where we have the freedom to have and express our own opinion. That has always been a fundamental freedom that generations before took seriously. To some degree we still take it serious but sadly most often only when we feel our free expressions are in some way being squelched or attempting to be. I'm fine with differing opinions on a plethora of subjects as long as we form these opinions on our own fact finding and education process. Far too often we in this country allow the press and media outlets to think for us and thus form our opinions. You've heard what the press, the different political parties, the friends and the foes have said. Now read it for yourself. Form your own opinion. The book is well structured with adequate research and facts that are easily substantiated. Naturally Mr. Rumsfeld is pro Donald in his book but in a business as bloody as the one he was in at the time he was in it he actually did a good job balancing the facts the blame and the credit. The reader will come away with a more clear understanding of the actual facts. Good job to him and his team.
February 08, 2011
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