Known and Unknown; A Memoir- by Donald Rumsfeld
Few Americans have spent more time near the center of power that Donald Rumsfeld, whose widely commented-on memoir offers many previously undisclosed details about his service with four U.S. Presidents. We follow his rise from a middle-class childhood to the Navy to a seat in the U.S. Congress at age thirty, and his experiences there during the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights era. We also get his unique perspective as a cabinet-level member of the Nixon and Ford administrations, as CEO of two Fortune 500 companies, and as a special envoy to the Middle East for President Reagan. Rumsfeld also address the challenges and controversies of his time as Secretary of Defense during 9/11 attacks by al-Qaida and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He includes candid observations on the differences of views within the Pentagon and with other members of President George W. Bush’s National Security Council.