Wed Feb 02 2011 17:37:08 ET

Long-awaited, from-the-hip memoir offers raw, unvarnished look at eight decades of history

"If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much."

So declares former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in his news book 'KNOWN AND UNKNOWN'.

In the book, which streets next week, Rumsfeld details his half-century career in and around the ring -- and West Wing.

It is based not only on Rumsfeld's memory but also on hundreds of previously unreleased documents from throughout his career.

Now only the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal:

  • Rumsfeld warned in 2001 of Afghan “swamp” and “not to make a career out of transforming Afghanistan;” parts ways with neocons on use of military to spread democracy around the world
  • Lashes out at Clinton, Kerry, Biden for flip-flops on Iraq: “You wouldn’t want to be in a foxhole with them.”
  • Disputes Powell’s claim that he was “duped” by administration on Iraq WMD, says Powell was no Bush administration “maverick”
  • Bashes CNN for concealing Saddam's crimes against humanity prior to start of war
  • Document: Rumsfeld pressed for more troops in Tora Bora to get bin Laden in 2001
  • Says biggest regret not insisting on resigning after Abu Ghraib
  • Says McCain had “hair-trigger temper” and “a propensity to shift his positions to appeal to the media”
  • Shares his side of a decades long feud with Bush 41
  • Aide tells Rumsfeld on 9/11: “You’re a son of a bitch.” Lives to tell the tale
  • Had young Geraldo Rivera arrested in 1970s student protest, when he was known as Jerry Rivers
  • Describes surprising encounter with Elvis in The King’s Las Vegas dressing room
  • Recounts weird meetings with a confused President-elect Jimmy Carter
  • Kissinger during last days of Watergate: “Rummy, we don’t even argue with Nixon anymore”

    'KNOWN AND UNKNOWN' ranked #2,064 on AMAZON's hit parade Wednesday evening.