The room where it happened : a White House memoir / John Bolton.

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      Summary: "John Bolton served as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump for 519 days. A seasoned public servant who had previously worked for Presidents Reagan, Bush #41, and Bush #43, Bolton brought to the administration thirty years of experience in international issues and a reputation for tough, blunt talk. In his memoir, he offers a substantive and factual account of his time in the room where it happened." --
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      BOLTON, J. R. The room where it happened : a White House memoir. [s. l.]: Simon & Schuster, 2020. ISBN 9781982148034. Disponível em: Acesso em: 8 ago. 2020.
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      Bolton JR. The Room Where It Happened : A White House Memoir. Simon & Schuster; 2020. Accessed August 8, 2020.
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      Bolton, J. R. (2020). The room where it happened : a White House memoir. Simon & Schuster.
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      Bolton, John R. 2020. The Room Where It Happened : A White House Memoir. Simon & Schuster.
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      Bolton, J. R. (2020) The room where it happened : a White House memoir. Simon & Schuster. Available at: (Accessed: 8 August 2020).
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      Bolton, JR 2020, The room where it happened : a White House memoir, Simon & Schuster, viewed 8 August 2020, .
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      Bolton, John R. The Room Where It Happened : A White House Memoir. Simon & Schuster, 2020. EBSCOhost,
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      Bolton, John R. The Room Where It Happened : A White House Memoir. Simon & Schuster, 2020.
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      Bolton JR. The room where it happened : a White House memoir [Internet]. Simon & Schuster; 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 8]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2020 July #1

If you've been paying attention, there aren't a lot of surprises in former National Security Advisor John Bolton's book, at least as far as headline stories go. Trump's blackmailing of Ukraine for personal political gain before finally dispensing congressionally approved funding to that country, our president's affection for dictators, and his bright idea to invite the Taliban to Camp David days before September 11—all these have all been deeply reported, the latter having been tweet-leaked by Trump himself. Still, it's enlightening to read about these shocking decisions with voice-over commentary from an eyewitness. In addition, though, there are a few depressing surprises: President Trump taking advantage of the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi to divert attention from Ivanka's use of a personal email server (Hello, Hillary!), and his giving support to Chinese leader Xi Jinping to build concentration camps for the minority Muslim Uighurs. When it comes to Trump, Bolton barely needs to point out the inconsistencies and inadequacies; he mostly just reports. Yet Bolton himself hardly comes off well. Trump once said, I alone can fix it, and Bolton gives off the same preening vibe. He mocks the axis of adults—Rex Tillerson, H. R. McMaster, and James Mattis—for whom he has particular disdain; he eviscerates former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley as a self-promoting lightweight; and he is contemptuous of those who disagree with him on policy inside and outside the administration. He clearly admires his own prose, writing in drill-down detail past the point most readers need or want to go (see chapter 9, Venezuela Libre). Yet one place where he's woefully short on detail is the epilogue, which discusses why he didn't testify during the impeachment trial. His primary excuse, that the House's inquiry was too narrow in scope and limited in time because of the election calendar, seems weak at best. The committee couldn't even entice—or force—Bolton to testify. He offers no real reasons why a wider, longer investigation would have produced different results. His second bit of reasoning is that his testimony would have made no difference because the impeachment was partisan. Perhaps so. But Bolton obviously fancies himself as a truth teller. He should know that it's never too early to tell truth to power, especially if you're in the room where it happened. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 June #5

Former national security advisor Bolton (Surrender Is Not an Option) harps on his foreign policy pet peeves (Iranian aggression in the Middle East, North Korea's nuclear threat), critiques former colleagues (Jim Mattis, Nikki Haley), and defends his decision not to testify in the House impeachment inquiry in this lacerating yet tiresome slog through his time in the Trump administration. Readers eager to hear what Bolton has to say about the Ukraine pressure campaign (namely, that Mick Mulvaney probably came up with the idea of using security assistance as leverage against Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelensky, and that the policy was "baked in" to White House dealings with Ukraine) will have to skip ahead to the last 50 pages. First, Bolton runs down seemingly every meeting, meal, phone call, and international summit of his 18-month tenure, touting his own achievements, such as pushing Trump to finally withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, and blaming failures on a lack of policymaking structure within the White House and on Trump's vindictiveness, erraticism, and habit of forming competitive "bromances" with authoritarian leaders. The book's most serious allegations, including that Trump offered to "take care of things" when Turkish president Recep Erdogan complained about a U.S. Justice Department investigation, are buried within the avalanche of details. The bombshell to chaff ratio in this well-informed yet self-serving account is tilted punishingly in the wrong direction. (June)

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