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Known and Unknown by Donald Rumsfeld
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Feb 09, 2012

did not like it

A big book memoir about Donald Rumsfeld and apparantly every aspect of USA domestic and foreign policy going back to before the Kennedy era until the lastes Bush Administration. He held numerous, critical posts during this time, and he discusses and explores them in detail. On the surface, its like a whose who of American politics. He appears to reveal much, and possibly a good portion of what he writes is accurate. He is also self deprecating at times, and inserts highly interesting stories and anecdotes. His personal life is full of troubles, especially with his 3 children. I saw Rumsfeld interviewed recently, discussing much of the material in this book. He is a committed patriot, in his terms. Yet, the book seems very self serving. It omits more than it leaves in - and its a very big book. It's a compulsive book if one is interested in true American politics, not the farce going on now in the Republican primaries related to the 2012 election. Rumsfeld considered running for president - he hardly mentions any of "the issues" now coming out of the major Republican candidates. His world was based on the realities and his responsibies as Secretary of Defense. Read at your own risk. Did I say it was a "big" book?
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