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-- Jeff Baker, The Oregonian
"[A] perceptive and engrossing biography... Cockburn argues that Rumsfeld's disastrous tenure cannot be fully understood without examining his earlier career. He demonstrates that Rumsfeld was an inveterate schemer, skilled at evading responsibility for his decisions. Though Cockburn sometimes places the most sinister construction possible on Rumsfeld's actions, his overall account is quite persuasive." -- Jacob Heilbrunn, The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The disasters in Iraq are as much his monstrosity as it is there own.
I would describe this book as essential reading for everyone interested in learning about how such mistakes can possibly be avoided in the future.
I am an admirer of his earlier books, and I was a minor source of information in the Rumsfeld book (see pages 207-208).
If you think Rumsfeld is a stand-up guy and the savior of America after 9/11, you'll hate this book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Bunsen Burner
This book is highly recommended for anybody who wants to know what really is going on in Washington. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jesper Nielsen
I have been fascinated by the Rumsfeld of the 9/11 era, having watched it all on television, day after day. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Fred Houpt
Very insightful... this book goes a long way towards dispelling the myths about Donald Rumsfield's leadership abilities. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Joseph P. Benn Jr.
Although I was familiar with many aspects of this story, Cockburn provides details that confirm what horrendous repercussions this man had on both domestic and foreign policy. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by cstully
Unfortunately, much of what Cockburn writes on Rumsfeld is true. I met Rumsfeld in the 1970s, followed his seemingly untouchable career. Read morePublished on February 20, 2012 by Robert Burns
This is definately an interesting topic, and the book raises cogent arguments. However, as a reader that values facts over opinion, this book is a little over the top. Read morePublished on August 13, 2010 by CommonSenseTest
Mr. Cockburn give us an oveview of Mr. Rumsfeld's life. From his hometown in Winnetka,Il.(a wealthy suburb outside of Chicago) to his political stand in D.C. Read morePublished on May 28, 2009 by Angel Antonio Soto
Only the first five chapters, those briefly delineating Rumsfeld's time in the Nixon administration, his early political ambitions, and his time at G.D. Read morePublished on February 22, 2008 by Christopher R