Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Intelligent, shrewd, direct, and fascinating, John Bolton's new book bears a remarkable resemblance to the man himself." -- Senator John McCain
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
The Reagan Revolution and the Bush 41 Thermidor
Cutting Gulliver Loose:
Protecting American Sovereignty in Good Deals and Bad
Following the Yellow Cake Road on North Korea
Leaving the Driving to the EU:
Negotiations Über Alles with Iran
Why Do I Want This Job?
Arriving at the UN: Fear and Loathing in New York
Chapter Eight Sisyphus in the Twilight Zone:
Fixing the Broken Institution, or Trying To
As Good as It Gets: The Security Council
Electing the New Secretary General:
Ban Ki-moon Is Coming to Town
Security Council Successes on North Korea
Iran in the Security Council:
The EU-3 Find New Ways to Give In
Darfur and the Weakness of UN Peacekeeping in Africa
Israel and Lebanon:
Surrender as a Matter of High Principle at the UN
Free at Last: Back to the Firing Line