Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -
Donald Rumsfeld, two-time former Secretary of Defense, made an appearance at the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Pittsburgh last week to sign copies of his autobiography Known and Unknown: A Memoir.
Released this past winter, the book follows Rumsfeld from his childhood in Illinois to his final days in the George W. Bush Administration.
Rumsfeld's political career began when, after a three year stint as a naval aviator, he took jobs working in Congress and the White House before getting elected to the U.S. House of Representatives at the age of 30. A successful Congressman who sat on many committees, Rumsfeld went on to serve four terms for Illinois' 13th congressional district before resigning to take a post in the Nixon Administration.
In 1975 he was called back to the White House by President Ford and became the youngest Secretary of Defense in United States history at age 43. Upon Ford's loss in 1976, Rumsfeld returned to the private sector until he was called on nearly two decades later by another President — George W. Bush — to serve as Secretary of Defense in 2001.
Working in the Bush Administration, Rumsfeld had the distinction of becoming the oldest Secretary of Defense and the only person to hold the position twice.
Now retired from public life, Rumsfeld's book delves into events such as the war in Iraq, his relationship with George H.W. Bush, Abu Ghraib prison and the 9/11 attacks.
Greeted by smiles and handshakes, Rumsfeld personalized autographs and posed for photos with convention attendees before heading over to the Celebration of American Values Freedom Experience held that night at the Consol Energy Center.