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Known and Unknown: A Memoir Paperback – May 29, 2012
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“A serious stab at telling the history of a consequential period in America through the eyes of one of its most consequential players.”
—PETER BAKER, The New York Times
“I don’t care whether you’re . . . a liberal or a conservative or something else: If you’re interested in this period of history, the book is a total feast.”
—JAY NORDLINGER, National Review
“A meaty, well-written book that will be a primary source for historians . . . This power memoir deserves to be read with the care that went into writing it.”
—CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY, BusinessWeek
About the Author
Donald Rumsfeld was the 13th and 21st U.S. Secretary of Defense. He currently chairs the Rumsfeld Foundation, which supports leadership and public service at home and the growth of free political and free economic systems abroad. The Rumsfeld Foundation funds microfinance development projects, fellowships for graduate students interested in public service, the development of young leaders from Central Asia and the Caucasus, and charitable causes that benefit the men and women of the U.S. armed forces and their families.
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Instead, what I found was a shameless attempt at rehabbing this unapologetic war criminal's image.
His sad attempts at changing the way history will remember him (as a war criminal), fail miserably.
Nothing new in this ode to rummy.
He is the same shameless aggressive, despotic individual, that he showed to be in his press conferences.
If you want to read it, borrow it, don't buy it.
Thank you Penguin Publishing for making the eBook price more expensive than the hardback price. Just for that I think I'll wait until the price comes down.
One of the primary reasons I was given one for Christmas was for exactly this type of book. Highly topical and political in nature, the shelf life, with today's vast media is short at best. Hence, the need to sell the book in whatever style the customers wants at the lowest prices possible. One need to look only at Border's to see the demise of the hardback, paperback, or the need to go to a disgusting mall.
This book's prices are insulting and shows that Amazon doesn't have my back. What happened to $12.99 being the highest priced?
Amazon would be wise not to price the Kindle edition HIGHER than the hardback. After all, the Kindle reader really is on the 'tip of the sword' regarding eReaders and its incumbent on them to use their clout to keep prices much, much lower than a hardback.
You can thank your publisher/Amazon for this bad review.
TO BE FRANK, I READ SEVERAL CHAPTERS WHILE AT THE BOOK STORE..NOT ALL. I, LIKE OTHER SOLDIERS HOLD RUMSFELT ALONG WITH CHENEY DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF OVER 4300 OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM.
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION..45 MINUTES TO STRIKE THE UNITED STATES..ALL TOTALLY FALSE. THE FACTS AND ASSUMPTIONS WERE CAREFULLY SELECTED TO ENHANCE AMERICA'S DECISION TO INVADE IRAQ...TO EMPOWER IRAN AND ITS ALLIANCE ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST.
OK, YOU SAY...PERHAPS THERE WAS AN "HONEST" MISTAKE.
BUT, WHEN WE DID SUCCEED IN COMING INTO IRAQ...THE DISBANDMENT OF THE ENTIRE IRAQI ARMY..AND THE CIVILIAN SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE WAS AN HORRIFIC DECISION..COSTING THOUSANDS OF LIVES AND TRILLIONS..YES, TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN BOTH DIRECT COSTS AND COSTS TO SUPPORT VIRTUALLY THOUSANDS OF WOUNDED IRAQ VETERANS.
NO ONE REALLY KNOWS WHO GAVE THE ORDER..BUT, FOR CERTAIN, IT WAS NOT BREMER...AND BUSH WAS NOT INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO GENERATE A DECISION OF THIS MAGNITUDE. THEREFOR, CHENEY AND RUMSFELT AS BUDDIES ON A PREVIOUS WAR TIME CERTAINLY MADE OR CONTRIBUTED TO THE DECISION TO LET THE INSURGENCY RAGE.
THERE WERE AT THAT TIME MANY TYRANTS TO ATTACK; BUT, NO OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD HOLDS THE OIL RESERVES AS DOES IRAQ...AND THAT WAS THE REASON..THE QUIET JUSTIFICATION FOR OUR INVOLVEMENT.
I AND OTHERS..MANY OTHERS HOPE THAT IN THE WANING DAYS OF EACH..THE FACELESS GHOSTS OF THOSE KILLED IN IRAQ VISIT CHENEY AND RUMSFELT EACH AND EVERYDAY UNTIL THE END.
* They have, in fact captured and have in custody two of the mobile trailers that Secretary Powell talked about at the U.N. as being biological weapons laboratories. We have people who are telling that they worked in these vehicles. And they look at panels and say, `That was my work station in that panel, and that's what it's for.' (Defense Department Briefing, May 29, 2003)
* Iraq poses a threat to the security of our people and to the stability of the world. ... Saddam Hussein possesses chemical and biological weapons ... including VX, sarin, mustard gas, anthrax, botulism, and possibly smallpox, and he has an active program to develop nuclear weapons. (Speech to reserve officers, Jan. 20, 2003)
* Saddam claims to have no chemical or biological weapons, yet we know he continues to hide biological weapons, moving them to different locations as often as every 12-24 hours and placing them in residential neighborhoods. (Defense Department briefing, March 11, 2003)
Therefore we are asking ourselves the question: what didn't Rumsfeld know and when did he know that he didn't know it. Or... more likely, when did he know that what he claimed he knew was nothing but enabling propaganda for a war of choice that sent his own beloved country down on the moral and fiscal bankruptcy fast track path? Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of dead and crippled bodies, the millions of reffugees, the home-made and renditioned torture, the rapes the bombed schools only to have their roofs lovingly rebuilt at a later date. Oh, and the candy. It's all known, glorious history and we're all proud of it and we're sure to do it again as soon as we can afford to do it again.
My theory is that Rumsfeld doesn't know or maybe he forgot that we know that he's not telling the truth. Now, will his gamble that we will knowingly pay to aquire a stack of paper heavy with known untruths pay? Probably so. Even if nobody but the commentariat nomenklatura, the AIPAC membership and half of the hundreds of thousands of public libraries buy one copy each Rumsfeld is a richer man and his book is a guaranteed bestseller.
Go Rummy and keep telling it as it isn't. Rummy gets my five-stars for the chutzpah.