September 20th, 2010
01:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Rumsfeld to 'pull no punches' in new book

Rumsfeld’s new book will hit bookstores in January.
Rumsfeld’s new book will hit bookstores in January.

(CNN) – Don Rumsfeld's long-anticipated memoir will be released in January, and the former defense secretary isn't going to pull any punches, his publisher said Monday.

The upcoming book – "Known and Unknown" – will hit book stores January 25 and "is filled with previously undisclosed details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq," according to the book's publisher, Sentinel, a division of Penguin.

The book's title harkens to his infamous 2002 quote explaining there were "known unknowns" and "unknown unknowns" when it came to the war in Iraq – a word jumble that Rumsfeld critics found emblematic of his inartful leadership.

And if there is any doubt Rumsfeld will reveal new details, the former defense secretary is planning to launch a website to coincide with the books publication that will feature previously undisclosed documents.

"It's both a fascinating narrative for today's readers and an unprecedented resource for tomorrow's historians, said Sentinel president and publisher Adrian Zackheim The manuscript delivers everything I was hoping for and much more."

Rumsfeld has largely dodged the public eye since his abrupt resignation from the Pentagon the day after the 2006 midterm elections – when the Republican party lost control of Congress largely because of the unpopularity with the war in Iraq.

It remains unclear how much Rumsfeld was paid to write the memoir, but he is pledging to donate the book's proceeds to veterans' charities


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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Olaf Big

    "Known and unknown"? That's a coy title considering Rummy's strained relationship with the truth. How about "Fiction and Reality", or still better "Fiction is my Reality"? Rummy, you are welcome.

    September 20, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Jim

    I realize without a doubt there was some questionable decisions on Bush's part but I hope he takes the blame on his gaffes, Bush wasn't acting alone on all of this and he must have had a say on what had to be done !!!

    September 20, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. curious steve, boston, ma

    he'll have his day and tell all at the next nurenberg.

    September 20, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. JonDie

    Rumsfeld deserves to share the same cell with Bernie Madoff. Or a tomb with Ken Lay.

    September 20, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Alex

    ah, so he can set the record straight. that's special.

    September 20, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Jim

    Rumsfeld is pledging to donate the book's proceeds to veterans' charities? He must be feeling guilty for all the lies he did when Heckle and Jeckle were running the country. No thanks Rumsfeld this book is better off to use as emergency toliet tissue. You are a lousy little man and us vets can care less for you, liar.....

    September 20, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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