In a statement, book publisher Sentinel said it will be releasing the memoirs of Donald Rumsfeld this January, the AP reports. The book will be called Known and Unknown, and will detail such Rumsfeld life stages as his childhood, his initiation into and long career in politics, and his role as the secretary of defense to George W. Bush during 9/11 and the war in Iraq. Also included, for some reason: an anecdote about Elvis Presley!
Anyway! The deal was announced in 2008, and Rumsfeld received no advance. All proceeds from the memoir will go to veterans charities.
The title is a reference to Rumsfeld’s memorably convoluted response to the rising doubt over whether or not Iraq was supplying terrorists with weapons of mass destruction. If you’ve forgotten it, here it is:
“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because, as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know that we know,” Rumsfeld said. “There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don’t know.”