By Bradley Graham
As soon as thought of one of the best and brightest of his new release, Donald Rumsfeld was once particularly ready through profitable careers in politics and company to imagine the Pentagon’s most sensible task in 2001. but six years later, he left place of work because the so much arguable security Secretary given that Robert McNamara, broadly criticized for his administration of the Iraq warfare and for his tricky relationships with Congress, management colleagues, and armed forces officials. was once he relatively the boastful, errant, over-controlling Pentagon chief usually portrayed—or as his supporters contend, an excellent, hard-charging visionary stuck in a whirl of polarized Washington politics, dysfunctional federal forms, and undesirable luck?Bradley Graham, an established Washington put up reporter who heavily lined Rumsfeld’s difficult tenure on the Pentagon, bargains an insightful biography of a posh character. within the culture of Karen DeYoung’s Soldier and Bart Gellman’s Angler, by way of His personal principles is a layered and revealing portrait of a guy whose influence on U.S. nationwide protection affairs will lengthy outlive him.
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His search was likely facilitated by his network of Princeton and Navy connections. So, too, his wrestling background DEVELOPING HIS OWN TUNE 43 appears to have factored into the decision by David Dennison, a firstterm Republican congressman from Ohio’s Eleventh District, to hire Rumsfeld as an administrative assistant. “He had been a wrestler in college, and I had been a wrestler, and he hired me because I had been a wrestler,” Rumsfeld recounted once. “I mean, that’s how life works. ” A lawyer and former special assistant to Ohio’s attorney general, the thirty-nine-year-old Dennison was an especially active first-term member.
The guy was thinking,” Steelman said. “Do you know what I mean? He wasn’t the kind of guy who would stray off and say something or do something that would come back to haunt him. ” Academically, Rumsfeld by his account maintained the equivalent of a B average in college. Friends confirmed that Rumsfeld, while not an academic star, did not appear to struggle in class. “He wasn’t an intellectual giant but very determined. He was not going to get distracted,” recalled Wentz, who met Rumsfeld in the Naval ROTC program and became one of his best friends at Princeton.
Rumsfeld campaigned tirelessly. He went to train stations in the North Shore area at dawn to stand on railway platforms shaking hands. He attended countless coffee sessions in private houses to discuss issues. He looked for endorsements wherever he could—area newspapers, local politicians, community business leaders. His small army of volunteers learned the tactics of grassroots movements, putting up signs in yards and atop cars, passing out “Rumsfeld for Congress” matchbooks, sealing envelopes and licking stamps, soliciting funds, and making phone calls.
By His Own Rules : The Ambitions, Successes, and Ultimate Failures of Donald Rumsfeld by Bradley Graham