Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 6, 2007 - Political Science - 496 pages
With no-holds-barred candor, Donald Trump's new National Security Adviser and former ambassador to the United Nations takes us behind the scenes at the UN and the US State Department and reveals why his efforts to defend American interests and reform the UN resulted in controversy. He also shows how the US can lead the way to a more realistic global security arrangement for the twenty-first century and identifies the next generation of threats to America.

In this revealing memoir, John Bolton recounts his appointment in 2005 as Ambassador to the United Nations, his headline-making Senate confirmation battle, 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 negotiation that produced the controversial end of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah, and more. Chronicling 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 bureaucratic inertia in the US State Department that can undermine presidential policy.

This fascinating chronicle of the career of one of America's outstanding statesmen who has fought to preserve American sovereignty and strength at home and abroad now contains a new afterword, "Challenges for the Next President."

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Surrender Is Not An Option

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Presents great insghts into the workings of the U.N. and the United States State Department as it relates to the operationlization of foreign policy its challenges and serious limitations. Read full review

Straight talk about the UN

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Johns straight talk about the UN gives insight into a few of the problems that America has experienced in our dealings with this organization. No punches pulled while placing the blame where it belongs. A worthwhile read about our government in slow motion. Read full review


chapter three
Following the Yellow Cake Road on North Korea
chapter five
Why Do I Want This Job?
chapter seven
The Security Council
Security Council Successes on North Korea
chapter twelve
Darfur and the Weakness of UN Peacekeeping in Africa
chapter fourteen
chapter fifteen
chapter sixteen


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John Bolton is the former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump. He served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006. He has spent many years of his career in public service and held high-level positions in the Administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. Ambassador Bolton is also an attorney, and was in private practice in Washington, DC, from 1974 to 2018, except when he was in government service. Ambassador Bolton was born in Baltimore in 1948. He graduated with a BA, summa cum laude, from Yale College and received his JD from Yale Law School. He currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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