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"Andrew Cockburn's great new biography is a short book that packs a big punch. Who knew that Rumsfeld really, really wanted to be president, or that Rumsfeld was AWOL for awhile on 9/11, or that Rumsfeld brushed off warnings of an attack prior to that day, or that he lined up retired generals to sing his praises after the invasion of Iraq? There's lots of new material in Cockburn's book, and it's well-organized."
-- 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.
Andrew Cockburn is a writer and lecturer on defense and national affairs, and is also the author of five nonfiction books. He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy, Vanity Fair, and National Geographic, among other publications. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This is a bad book: one sided, intends to harm even if there is no real reason for it and describes the history of one person in an unreliable way. Read morePublished 12 days ago by gadiel Blusztein
Excellent book on a slimy character by a very sharp observer. In very good shape.Published 5 months ago by Antonio Calabria
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 months ago by Bunsen Burner
This book is highly recommended for anybody who wants to know what really is going on in Washington. Read morePublished 21 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 22 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