Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroadby John Bolton
Pub. Date: 11/06/2007
Publisher: Threshold Editions
The son of a Baltimore firefighter and the first person in his family to go to college, with scholarships to Yale University and Yale Law School, John Bolton studied with preeminent conservative thinkers Robert Bork and Ralph Winter. After law school, he experienced the "Reagan Revolution" firsthand in Edwin Meese's justice department -- where the American judiciary was fundamentally reshaped. His diplomatic skills were honed working with Secretary of State James Baker during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, and serving in the administration of President George W. Bush as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.
In this revealing memoir, he candidly recounts his appointment in 2005 as Ambassador to the United Nations, his headline-making Senate confirmation battle, which resulted in his recess appointment, and his sixteen-month tenure at the United Nations. Bolton offers keen insight into such international crises as North Korea's nuclear test, Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, the genocide in Darfur, the monthlong negotiation that produced the controversial end of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah, and more. Recounting both his successes and frustrations in taking a hard line against weapons-of-mass destruction proliferators, terrorists, and rogue states such as North Korea and Iran, he also exposes the operational inadequacies that hinder the UN's effectiveness in international diplomacy and its bias against Israel and the United States. At home, he criticizes the pernicious bureaucratic inertia in the U.S. State Department that can undermine presidential policy.
A fascinating chronicle of the career of a distinguished lawyer and diplomat who has fought to preserve American sovereignty and strength at home and abroad, Surrender Is Not an Option is the candid memoir of one of America's outstanding statesmen that is sure to become required reading for everyone interested in international affairs.
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Table of Contents
Early Days 1
The Reagan Revolution and the Bush 41 Thermidor 18
Cutting Gulliver Loose: Protecting American Sovereignty in Good Deals and Bad 47
Following the Yellow Cake Road on North Korea 99
Leaving the Driving to the EU: Negotiations Uber Alles with Iran 130
Why Do I Want This Job? 165
Arriving at the UN: Fear and Loathing in New York 194
Sisyphus in the Twilight Zone: Fixing the Broken Institution, or Trying To 220
As Good as It Gets: The Security Council 246
Electing the New Secretary General: Ban Ki-moon Is Coming to Town 273
Security Council Successes on North Korea 291
Iran in the Security Council: The EU-3 Find New Ways to Give In 314
Darfur and the Weakness of UN Peacekeeping in Africa 341
Israel and Lebanon: Surrender as a Matter of High Principle at the UN 371
Free at Last: Back to the Firing Line 429
Afterword: Challenges for the Next President 457
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This is a very detailed book by that exception among diplomats,an ambassador who actually tries to represent the United States and does not cave in to foreign diplomats and heads of state.A most interesting book written in a GREAT deal of detail some of which is quite tedious and some of which could have been left off.On the other hand the Chapters on North Korea and Iran nuke efforts are quite interesting. If I have any critical comment about this author it is this: Okay use the everpresent 'alphabet soup' of the Government and the United Nations but please have mercy on the poor reader and just make a little appendix page or two and list these acronyms and their meaning.It would make reading of this book a lot easier.Many good historians particularly military and politicasl historians do this.It prevents the infernal leafing back to find the first mention in the text of the acronym in question-very tiresome and time consuming. Otherwise the author is somewhat self laudatory 'like my God which is not',just read Hillary Clinton's book and some others' but his book is well written and shows the UN in particular to be a 'Seinfeld organization'-ABOUT NOTHING!
john bolton was the former us ambassador to the un and it was during his tenure that he exposed iran and north koreas nuclear plans for disturbing the peace and he also took a strong stand on terrorism and rough states that threaten israel. this is a man of great principle and courage who understood what the terrorists true aims really were about and and stood for peace through strengh and I was pleased to read such a real bestseller that was hard to put down by someone who put his principles first instead of so many politicans who who give in to outsiders who threaten our country and freedom and israel. great gift idea for the holidays or birthdays.