Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H.Rumsfeld

Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H.Rumsfeld


By (author) Donald H. Rumsfeld, Volume editor Hart Seely

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 125mm x 178mm
  • Publication date: 16 June 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 074325239X
  • ISBN 13: 9780743252393

Product description

Kahlil Gibran meets George W. Bush meets Robert Frost: who'd have thought that America's most outspoken Secretary of Defence in decades would have turned public commentary into a form of poetry? Donald Rumsfeld is not just a two-time Secretary of Defence, former CEO, former White House Chief of Staff, and the most outspoken and forceful civilian military leader in recent American history. He is also, intentionally or not, a poet. A last, the ubiquitous and at times unintelligible U.S. Secretary of Defence has been deciphered by humorist Hart Seely, who found that the rambling raconteur is best understood when set in verse. Seely uncovers zen poems and lyrics, haikus and sonnets and has plucked the golden apples from 'D.H.' Rumsfeld's tree to present over 100 hilarious gems drawn from Rummy's public statements. Whether you love him or hate him, they're irresistible. As we know, There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know There are known unknowns. That is to say We know there are some things We do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, The ones we don't know we don't know.

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Author information

Hart Seely is an award-winning reporter for the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, New York. His work has appeared in National Lampoon, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Spy magazine.