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. GI Joe

    Does anybody care about him praising HIS WAR??

    Not a penney to you, or Cheney, or Bushies.

    September 20, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. barry

    This should be interesting. This guy knows what really went on and why the actions were taken.

    September 20, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Sally

    I don't want to read one word this liar and champion manipulator has to say.

    September 20, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Robert

    War criminal.

    September 20, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Pragmatic

    "The dead-enders are still with us, those remnants of the defeated regimes who'll go on fighting long after their cause is lost." – Donald Rumsfeld 8/25/03

    always interesting to see how 'lost cause' is defined ...

    September 20, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. bill

    proof any fool can write a book.ought to be in prision.

    September 20, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. NotFooled

    I have no doubt that anything coming out of the bush years will be considered "unprecedented resource for tomorrow's historians," – it will be the rule book on how NOT to do things – it will also be the lasting condemnation of the bush admin and the disasterous results it left on this country.

    I wouldn't wipe my butt with the pages of this book. Good riddance rumsfeld, crawl back under your rock.

    September 20, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Byrd

    You'll be able to find it in the fiction section of your local bookstore. Copies can also be found in the psychology section under dementia and delusions.

    September 20, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Karen

    Ahhh, the loose cannon of the Bush administration penning a book!

    September 20, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Kathy

    This thug should be in jail.

    September 20, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Revisionist History

    How the surge covered my biggest blunder.....On paperback soon!

    September 20, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. asdf

    I hope he describes in gory detail what it felt like when Bush threw him under the bus on national TV after the 2006 election and kicked his butt to the curb (which he deserved). What a ideologically driven loser and thank God we had a competent Defense Secretary (Gates) to replace him and clean up his mess.

    September 20, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Will they mention that the recessin began in December, 2007 after the Democrat liberal party had assumed control of Congress in January, 2007. Remember the Minimum Wage raise, some folks said it would lead to a recession, Democrat liberals demeaned and degraded them like they do all of their opponents."

    Recessions don't begin in 11 months as the result of the Dems having a majority but getting filibustered and vetoed at every turn such that they couldn't actually do anything. And if your argument is that the minimum wage raise caused this recession, you'r eeither just a troll spouting misinformation to get a rise out of people or you have seroius mental problems. People were already warning of an impending recession by the time the Dems took Congress in January 2007 and everyone with half a brain knows it was directly related to th ehousing bubble and the reckless investment games Wall Street played with mortgage securities it KNEW were significanlty more risky than they paid to have them rated. The reality is, the GOP/conservatives hedge their bets when they're not in control...they claim that EVERYTHING will lead to a recession, tax hikes and job losses, no matter what is being proposed...then they attempt to obstruct it completely or, failing that, to at least demagogue the living daylights out of it in order to scare and anger people and destroy consumer and business confidence, thus helping their prediction come true while blaming others.

    September 20, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Susan

    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.......GUILT PAYMENTS?

    September 20, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Joel

    Rumsfeld was inept and embarrassed our country.

    Best to leave it at that.

    September 20, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Marcus

    This book should be full of "I'm sorry "....

    September 20, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Majnoon

    Of course, all will be lies. He is one of the people, along with Bush and Cheney who took us to the two wars. If I were him, I would be careful not to say anything to upset the Bush and Cheney clans. They have the power to assasinate him.

    September 20, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. AJ

    Does he mention his love affair with Saddam Hussein in the 80's? Wasn't he part of giving the key to the city of Detroit to Saddam?

    September 20, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Jack in Florida

    Will he tell what crooks he, George Bush and Dick Cheney really are??? Now that would be a tell all book!!!

    September 20, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. shadysider

    When going neo-con doesn't work. And it actually might have if Bremer hadn't been completely disillusioned that members in the Ba'ath Party could not have a place in the new society of Iraq. Either way, we had no business being in the area. Saddam wanted nothing to do with Al Qaeda as he had no intentions of losing his own power, and also, he was the one secular force in the area. He was a tryannical sociopath, but at least he wasn't a religious nutjob with ideas of armageddon in his head.

    September 20, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. The Unsub

    will he be available for trial for crimes against humanity?

    September 20, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Kenny

    So more bs to justify his warcrimes....not interested

    September 20, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Paul Argyropoulos

    This guy is an evil SOB. Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Bush Jr. should all be held for warcrimes and everyone who supported the Iraq war should be shot at dawn for being idiots. Anyone with half a brain could have done research and realized Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11 and further, would have realized that the only thing keeping the factions from a civil war was Saddam Hussein. The US gov't has a hubris to just makes me vomit.

    September 20, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Mike

    "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"

    He'd better.

    September 20, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. newms

    Rumsfeld should be in prison for war crimes.

    September 20, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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