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

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Simon and Schuster, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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With no-holds-barred candor, the former ambassador to the United Nations takes readers behind the scenes at the UN and the U.S. State Department and reveals why his efforts to defend American interests and reform the UN resulted in controversy. He also shows how the U.S. 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 U.S. 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

Contents

chapter
1
chapter
18
chapter three
47
Following the Yellow Cake Road on North Korea
99
chapter five
130
Why Do I Want This Job?
165
chapter seven
194
The Security Council
246
Security Council Successes on North Korea
291
chapter twelve
314
Darfur and the Weakness of UN Peacekeeping in Africa
341
chapter fourteen
371
chapter fifteen
413
chapter sixteen
429
afterword
457
index
475

chapter
273

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John Bolton, a nominee for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, was U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN in 2005 and 2006. An attorney who held high-level positions in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush, Bolton is currently a Senior Fellow at American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., of counsel to the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, and a commentator for Fox News Channel

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