Candid, plain-spoken, and indomitably courageous, John Bolton served for sixteen tumultuous months as our Ambassador to the United Nations. While there he engaged in furious battles with weapons-of-mass-destruction proliferators, terrorists, Islamic supremacists, and rogue states such as Iran and North Korea — all of which he carried through with verve, eloquence, and unapologetic patriotism. Now, in Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad, John Bolton tells the whole story. Here the straight-talking former Ambassador takes you behind the scenes at the UN and the State Department— and reveals for the first time ever why his efforts to defend American interests and reform the UN resulted in so much controversy.
In this revealing and often blunt memoir, Bolton recounts his 2005 appointment as Ambassador to the United Nations, and the headline-grabbing confirmation battle that followed— resulting finally in his recess appointment and sixteen-month tenure at the UN. Bolton here offers piercing and never-before-revealed insights into international crises— many of which are still simmering, such as North Korea’s nuclear test, Iran’s fanatical pursuit of nuclear weapons, the Muslim-on-Muslim genocide in Darfur, the month-long negotiation that in the summer of 2006 produced the controversial end of hostilities between Israel and the terrorist group Hizballah, and more.
Bolton is frank throughout Surrender Is Not an Option in detailing both his successes and his failures. He explains why it is so difficult to mount an effective response in the UN against those who are bent on combating the United States and sowing havoc in the world, exposing the operational inadequacies that hinder the UN’s effectiveness in international diplomacy. Bolton exposes the UN’s deeply ingrained biases against Israel and the United States, and criticizes in no uncertain terms the bureaucratic inertia and timidity in the State Department— which has done so much to undermine presidential policy. He also details how the U.S. can once again lead the way to a realistic and workable global security arrangement for the twenty-first century, and identifies the next generation of threats that our children will face.
This book is at once both a fascinating career retrospective from one of the most outstanding statesmen on the scene today, and a clear-sighted prescription for the foreign policy steps we must take now in order to preserve American sovereignty and strength.
Insights, revelations, and prescriptions from a great defender of America:
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