With the same directness that defined his career in public service, Secretary Rumsfeld offers unique and often surprising observations on eight decades of history. He addresses the challenges and controversies of his illustrious career, from the unseating of the entrenched House Republican leader in 1965, to helping the Ford Administration steer the country away from Watergate and Vietnam, to bruising battles over transforming the military for the 21st Century, to the war in Iraq, to confronting abuse at Abu Ghraib and allegations of torture at Guantanamo Bay. Along the way, he offers his plainspoken, first-hand views and often humorous and surprising anecdotes about some of the world's best known figures, from Margaret Thatcher to Saddam Hussein, Henry Kissinger to Colin Powell, Elvis Presley to Dick Cheney as well as each American President from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
Donald Rumsfeld served as 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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The Honorable Donald Rumsfeld
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.