Sentinel to publish Donald Rumsfeld Memoir

September 20, 2010
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Sept 20 – Sept 26, 2010 Edition Sentinel to publish Donald Rumsfeld Memoir

Adrian Zackheim, President and Publisher of the Sentinel imprint of Penguin Group (USA), announced today that Sentinel will publish former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir — to be titled “Known and Unknown” — on January 25, 2011. The book is embargoed until publication.

Mr. Rumsfeld is donating his proceeds from the sales of “Known and Unknown” to the veterans charities supported by the Rumsfeld Foundation.

“Like Donald Rumsfeld himself, this memoir pulls no punches,” said Mr. Zackheim. “It’s both a fascinating narrative for today’s readers and an unprecedented resource for tomorrow’s historians. The manuscript delivers everything I was hoping for and much more.”

With the same directness that defined his career in public service, Mr. Rumsfeld’s memoir is filled with previously undisclosed details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also features his unique and often surprising observations on eight decades of history: his experiences growing up during the Depression and World War II, his time as a Naval aviator; his service in Congress starting at age 30; his cabinet level positions in the Nixon and Ford White Houses; his assignments in the Reagan administration; and his years as a successful business executive in the private sector.

Mr. Rumsfeld 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, from Henry Kissinger to Colin Powell, from Elvis Presley to Dick Cheney, and each American president from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush.

Mr. Rumsfeld relies not only on his memory but also on previously unreleased and recently declassified documents. Thousands of pages of documents not yet seen by the public will be made available on an accompanying website.

About the Author:

Donald Rumsfeld was 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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