Marking the first stop on his highly-anticipated national book tour promoting Known and Unknown, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld joins the National Constitution Center for a conversation with historian Michael Beschloss. In a wide-ranging dialogue, Rumsfeld discusses previously undisclosed details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The discussion draws on the themes from Rumsfeld's new book which chronicles his long career in public service, including his four terms in Congress and his service in the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush.
Michael Beschloss has been called "the nation's leading Presidential historian" by Newsweek. He has written eight books on American Presidents and is NBC News' Presidential Historian, as well as contributor to PBS NEWSHOUR with Jim Lehrer.
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld, the thirteenth and twenty-first US secretary of defense, currently chairs the Rumsfeld Foundation. His memoir Known and Unknown was released on February 8, 2011.
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld remembers an animated conversation he had with Elvis Presley backstage at a Las Vegas casino about the King's admiration for the U.S. Army. "He loved the army and valued his time serving," says Rumsfeld. Though he admits, "A lot of his songs were really not my thing."