Known and Unknown: A memoir by Donald Rumsfeld

By Tim Wilson In Books

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2nd May, 2011
If brevity is the soul of wit, then the assumption, in the case of Western leaders during 9/11, appears to be that the “liver” of gravitas is duration. An aside: that clunky construction gives you some idea of the bureaucratic prose that awaits. But onwards, to length! Tony Blair’s memoir totalled over 700 pages, George W Bush’s was 500. Former US Defence Secretary (twice) Donald Rumsfeld defeats both with more than 800 pages. You might say he has plenty to explain. Besides being the man who gave us the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and Abu Ghraib prison, Rumsfeld was Defence Secretary ...

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