By His Own Rules: The Ambitions, Successes, and Ultimate by Bradley Graham

By Bradley Graham

Once thought of top-of-the-line and brightest of his iteration, Donald Rumsfeld left workplace because the such a lot debatable protection Secretary due to the fact that Robert McNamara, extensively criticized for his administration of the Iraq conflict and for his tricky relationships with Congress, management colleagues, and armed forces officials. used to be he quite the boastful, errant, controlling Pentagon chief usually portrayed—or, an excellent visionary stuck in a whirl of polarized Washington politics, dysfunctional federal paperwork, and undesirable luck?

Bradley Graham, an established Washington Post reporter who heavily lined Rumsfeld's tough tenure on the Pentagon, bargains an insightful biography of a posh and immensely influential personality.

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Cook, due in large part to a controversial ballot item. A proposal for a constitutional amendment that would ban compulsory union shops had riled the labor unions and triggered a surge in registration of Democratic voters. That didn’t bode well for the Republican Dennison. A whiff of scandal also enveloped Dennison when he was accused of having put his father and his wife on his congressional office payroll. Rumsfeld insists there was nothing to the story. He says Dennison’s wife had worked in the office, but only for a few months to fill the gap between the departure of Rumsfeld’s predecessor and Rumsfeld’s arrival.

In the final match, everybody had expected to see Cornell University’s Ken Hunt, who had had an undefeated season, face off against Syracuse University’s Ed Rooney, considered an excellent leg wrestler (someone who ties up opponents below the waist and then overpowers them). But Rumsfeld eliminated Rooney, 6 to 4, in the semis by getting ahead of him in points early, then keeping his distance and running out the clock. In the championship bout later that night, it was Rumsfeld against Hunt, whose strategy was to bait Rumsfeld into making the first move.

So he’s got that edge. ” CHAPTER 2 Developing His Own Tune Commissioned an ensign after graduation, Rumsfeld in October 1954 reported to Pensacola, Florida, for basic training to become a Navy pilot. He had all the makings of a hotshot aviator—excellent coordination, good judgment, fighting edge, and self-confidence. He trained in an SNJ, a propeller-driven aircraft, and dreamed of earning an assignment flying jets off an aircraft carrier. Such coveted positions went to the Navy’s best pilots, and Rumsfeld clearly stood out among his peers.

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