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

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With no-holds-barred candor, the straight-talking 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. A veteran of three Republican administrations and a nominee for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, Bolton 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.

The son of a Baltimore firefighter and the first person in his family to go to college, with scholarships to Yale University and Yale Law School, John Bolton studied with preeminent conservative thinkers Robert Bork and Ralph Winter. After law school, he experienced the "Reagan Revolution" firsthand in Edwin Meese's justice department — where the American judiciary was fundamentally reshaped. His diplomatic skills were honed working with Secretary of State James Baker during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, and serving in the administration of President George W. Bush as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.

In this revealing memoir, he candidly recounts his appointment in 2005 as Ambassador to the United Nations, his headline-making Senate confirmation battle, which resulted in his recess appointment, 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 monthlong negotiation that produced the controversial end of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah, and more. Recounting 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 pernicious bureaucratic inertia in the U.S. State Department that can undermine presidential policy.

A fascinating chronicle of the career of a distinguished lawyer and diplomat who has fought to preserve American sovereignty and strength at home and abroad, "Surrender Is Not an Option" is the candid memoir of one of America's outstanding statesmen that is sure to become required reading for everyone interested in international affairs.

Synopsis:

With no-holds-barred candor, the straight-talking former Ambassador to the United Nations takes readers behind the scenes at the U.N. and shows how the U.S. can lead the way to a more realistic global security arrangement for the 21st century.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Chapter One
Early Days

Chapter Two
The Reagan Revolution and the Bush 41 Thermidor

Chapter Three
Cutting Gulliver Loose:
Protecting American Sovereignty in Good Deals and Bad

Chapter Four
Following the Yellow Cake Road on North Korea

Chapter Five
Leaving the Driving to the EU:
Negotiations Über Alles with Iran

Chapter Six
Why Do I Want This Job?

Chapter Seven
Arriving at the UN: Fear and Loathing in New York

Chapter Eight Sisyphus in the Twilight Zone:
Fixing the Broken Institution, or Trying To

Chapter Nine
As Good as It Gets: The Security Council

Chapter Ten
Electing the New Secretary General:
Ban Ki-moon Is Coming to Town

Chapter Eleven
Security Council Successes on North Korea

Chapter Twelve
Iran in the Security Council:
The EU-3 Find New Ways to Give In

Chapter Thirteen
Darfur and the Weakness of UN Peacekeeping in Africa

Chapter Fourteen
Israel and Lebanon:
Surrender as a Matter of High Principle at the UN

Chapter Fifteen
Recessional

Chapter Sixteen
Free at Last: Back to the Firing Line

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416552840
Subtitle:
Defending America at the United Nations
Author:
Bolton, John R
Author:
Bolton, John R.
Author:
Bolton, John
Publisher:
Threshold Editions
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
International Relations - Diplomacy
Subject:
Ambassadors
Subject:
United states
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
United States--Foreign relations--2001-
Subject:
Ambassadors -- United States.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071106
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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