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Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations Hardcover – November 6, 2007
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Assuming John Bolton isn't an out and out liar (which I could never believe) and that he has some hidden agenda in writing this book, the information contained here is earth shaking. That it comes from someone who actually went to work there for over a year makes what he has to say even more believable.
Surrender is Not an Option is an indictment of crooked world leaders and a system that works to enslave, not free. It is a must read for all those that blame America for everything.
I highly recommend Surrender is Not an Option.
Even more interesting are the perhaps inevitable episodes of acrimoniousness among super-achievers such as Rice, Powell, and Rumsfeld. President Bush remains above the fray and like a dad coming home from work, comes to find his kids aren't playing so well together. Another interesting fringe benefit from reading this book is that one comes away with a deep education in the art of surviving a bureacracy - be it government or private sector. The lessons are palpable and wholly applicable to any sphere.
"Not an Option" is not a meditation on the fine points of multipolar international political theory. Rather, it is an unsentimental yet reflective, just-tell-me-the-facts-ma'am work of what actually happened when Bolton was in the shark tank. Whether you are writing a doctoral thesis for your Ph.D.Read more ›
One group feels we need to "reach out" to allies and listen to them before formulating policy (or, perhaps just do what they want, so they'll stop hating us), respect and follow "international law", and for the most part, subordinate our considerable power to international institutions, which mostly means the United Nations.
The other group believes there is no such thing as "international law", it being a catchy buzzword for a collection of politics, largely unenforceable treaties, and anti-US "norming" by non-state actors; no such thing as an "international community", an absurd construct that implies a a global "consensus" which doesn't exist but from which we're constantly accused of being "isolated"; that yes, of course we should have allies and friends but pleasing them should not come before defending and promoting our own national interests, and that the UN is a corrupt and unaccountable bureaucracy which oscillates between "total uselessness" and "serious liability to the United States" - an organization that, if we're going to continue participating in at all, should at least be forced to serve as a useful tool of American interests, as was clearly the intent at its founding.
Of course, those are opposite ends of a continuum, and there are many people in the middle.Read more ›
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I really like and enjoy John Bolton's view points and added dimension to military stories.He's very knowledgeable.Published 22 months ago by Diane M. Evans
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Very dense and full of information it but great background into the Department of State, the Bush administration and of course the UN. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Mark Tiemeyer
John Bolton's book "Surrender Is Not An Option" should be required reading for all persons in or considering entry into the U.S. Department of State. Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by Ronald L. Peterson
I admire John's general approach to diplomacy, but this book is somewhat written from a biased political prism. Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by Hezron Karanja