Author: Donald Rumsfeld, secretary of Defense
Title: Stuff Happens
Surprise revelation: Meant from the start to invade Iran; hit the ‘Q’ key by mistake on his BlackBerry.
Author: Elaine Chao, secretary of Labor and wife of Senator Mitch McConnell
Title: Seven Years in Labor and Not a Penny in Overtime
Surprise revelation: Kept her fingers crossed behind her back during her swearing-in in 2001.
Author: John Snow, secretary of the Treasury and former CEO of CSX
Title: Blinding Snow: Why the Housing Mess Isn’t My Fault
Surprise revelation: His wife still has to balance his checkbook.
Author: Josh Bolten, White House chief of staff and motorcycle enthusiast
Title: Oval Office Harley: My Wild White House Ride
Surprise revelation: Wore the same clothes for all of 2007 as part of his Hell’s Angels initiation.
Author: Margaret Spellings, secretary of Education
Title: Spellings Test: Leave No Child Behind!
Surprise revelation: Once accidentally left her own children behind at Six Flags. Dan Snyder agreed to return them only for a $50 fee.
Author: Carlos Gutierrez, secretary of Commerce and former CEO of Kellogg’s
Title: Snap, Crackle, and Pop: CAFTA, the Doha Round, and Other Stories From My Electrifying Time Negotiating Trade Policy
Surprise revelation: Lost key provisions of US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement to Colombian president Álvaro Uribe in late-night Texas Hold ’Em poker game.
Author: Paul Wolfowitz, defense official and World Bank chair
Title: Invade This!
Surprise revelation: Modeled his leadership style after Meryl Streep character in The Devil Wears Prada.