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Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations Paperback – July 1, 2008
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"Thoughtful and thought provoking...John can always be counted upon to provide a sharp and candid assessment of global issues." -- James A. Baker, III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State
"Intelligent, shrewd, direct, and fascinating, John Bolton's new book bears a remarkable resemblance to the man himself." -- Senator John McCain
"John Bolton defends the values of all who cherish and fight for freedom against the terrorists, their enablers, and their appeasers." -- Natan Sharansky
"No one understands the enemies of America and the threat to our survival better than Ambassador John Bolton...This is a must-read book." -- Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999
"A vivid narrative of the making of America's foreign and defense policies...by a man who was there. John Bolton is a major national asset." -- Robert H. Bork, Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute
"This book about the challenges we face should be a wake-up call for America and the world." -- Mitt Romney, Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007
"An exceptionally well-written account of Ambassador Bolton's experiences in that most obtuse of all human institutions -- The United Nations...The story he tells is sometimes amusing, sometimes frightening, but never dull." -- Lawrence S. Eagleburger, 62nd U.S. Secretary of State
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John Bolton was appointed by President George W. Bush as United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 2005, and served until his appointment expired in December 2006. He was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for playing a major role in exposing Iran's secret plans to develop nuclear weapons. An attorney who has spent many years in public service and held high-level positions in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, Bolton is currently a Senior Fellow at American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and a commentator for Fox News Channel. He lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and daughter.
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Pragmatic with insight on all political subjects
A national treasure all moronic liberal americans do not even realise, let alone appreciate
Lawyer Bolton's narrative is an eyewitness account from Barry Goldwater to George W. Bush. His Reagan administration work helped to prepare him for the Bush years (beginning as an undersecretary to Colin Powell until appointment as US Ambassador to the United Nations).
The retired Ambassador describes, with precision, various people and events that shaped history from 2000 to 2006. He has immense respect for Bork, Buckley, Powell, Rumsfeld, Cheney, McCain, and Bush (disliking, particularly, Annan, Eliasson, and career diplomats). Bolton says that US's closest friends at the UN ("Turtle Bay") are Israel, Palau, and the Marshall Islands. Canada is often a go-between among hostile nations. Britain and France at home with the UN's "culture of inaction" often vote for appeasement. On all issues Russia adopts its former Soviet politics while China remains an unknown, but predictable, factor.
Bolton, at the UN epicenter, understands the Human Rights Council to be always "directed against Israel", supports Japanese efforts for Security Council permanent membership, and witnesses Kofi Annan's deviousness, incompetence, and corruption during the Food for Oil scandal. Although he supported, and worked for, Ban Ki-moon's UN Secretary Generalship in late 2006, Bolton ends the book concerned for the South Korean's ability to change the UN's determined culture of passive inactivity.
This recommended book is a good, but long, read. Hopefully, Bolton will write more history of the United Nations.
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