Rumsfeld’s Grumpy Memoir a Long Time Coming

Former Defense chief Rumsfeld took several years to pen his new memoir.

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Former Defense chief Donald Rumsfeld took several years to pen his take on the George W. Bush years, Known and Unknown: a Memoir. The time allowed him to get the last word long after dozens of other staffers and the former president himself had released their memoirs. But the 78-year-old says he’s had sufficient time to think about his tenure. “I’ve lived a third of our country’s history and I’m unlikely to live the next third,” says Rumsfeld. “People have been urging me to write a book for 15, 20, 40 years. I don’t suppose I could wait another 10. . . . I’ve been out [of government] for four years; that’s enough time to reflect on it.”

Then again, some say he should have spent more time editing. This week, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who Rumsfeld said was a weak leader, called her former colleague wrong on some facts and “grumpy.”

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