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Rumsfeld: A Personal Portrait

Recorded on October 14, 2003

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The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Midge Decter, the influential conservative thinker, has long been known as one of the most articulate and thoughtful political writers of her generation. Now she brings her legendary eye to bear on a man who has emerged from the war on terror as a figure second only to George W. Bush in his ability to capture the country's attention - Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.

Decter was given unprecedented access to the Secretary himself, as well as to his family, friends, and colleagues. She reports on what she learned and observed in an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the biggest political star - aside from the President himself - in the Bush Administration in RUMSFELD: A Personal Portrait. A year and a half after September 11, Rumsfeld was called upon to act on his belief in a new, leaner, better integrated, more technologically sophisticated American military when the United States went to war against Iraq. And in spite of the incessant second-guessing and criticism his war plan received from the press, Rumsfeld succeeded in inspiring the American people to take new pride in the power of the American military.

"A woman who keeps her eyes on the big things and the small ones and makes the connection between the two."

--The New York Times Book Review