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The Room Where It Happened: A White House…

The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir (udgave 2020)

af John Bolton (Forfatter)

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Titel:The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir
Forfattere:John Bolton (Forfatter)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 592 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir af John Bolton

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    The Untold History of the United States af Oliver Stone (PlaidStallion)
    PlaidStallion: Hey, Bolton is known as a guy Republicans turn to to get things done. From Stone’s book:

      Further efforts to reach agreement during the Bush and Obama years failed, although North Korea repeatedly stated its willingness to halt its nuclear program if a deal could be struck guaranteeing its security. When the younger, Swiss-educated Kim replaced his father in 2011, many hoped for liberalization of the dictatorial regime. But, having learned from the fate of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, Kim accelerated the pace of North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. Obama, largely eschewing diplomacy, responded with an aggressive cyber warfare strategy to slow the North’s progress.

      North Korea’s accelerated efforts yielded fruit. On July 4, 2017, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) tested a Hwasong-14 ICBM that it claimed could “reach anywhere in the world,” including the mainland United States. On August 5, the UN unanimously slapped new sanctions on North Korea, banning export of North Korean coal, lead, iron, and seafood-exports that counted for approximately $1 billion of North Korea's $3 billion earnings. North Korea accused the U.S. of trying to “strangle” it and threatened a sharp response.

      The U.S. intelligence community reported that North Korea possessed as many as sixty nuclear weapons and had developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could fit atop a missile. When the North Koreans threatened to fire missiles at Guam, Trump erupted, warning of “fire and the fury like the world has never seen.” “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely,” he tweeted.

      Among those demanding military action was soon-to-be national security advisor John Bolton. On Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, he called for preemptive strikes “before North Korea has dozens and dozens of nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles that can hit the United States.” He declared on Secure Freedom Radio on August 10 that “you eliminate the nuclear threat by eliminating North Korea.”
    … (mere)
  2. 01
    The Caine Mutiny af Herman Wouk (M_Clark)
    M_Clark: The Caine Mutiny also describes the challenge of working for a boss that is completely inept and who puts his crew in danger as a result.

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Not recommended. Extremely self-serving, he was always right and everyone else was wrong. Does show the dysfunction of the Trump government. More times than not showed Trump with the attention span of a second-grade child. Conversations and briefings just go from one unrelated topic to another,
  psmith65 | Jul 20, 2021 |
Bolton's book, "In the Room Where it Happened", has been one of the most talked about books prior to its release in June, 2020. In his book, Bolton not only describes his time in the Administration, but also makes a number of unflattering comments about the President.

So the question many will have is whether Bolton's claims are simply those of a disgruntled former employee, or if, as Bolton says, it's something he needed to write because he feels President Trump is a danger to the Country. If Bolton's claims are simply those of a disgruntled former employee, he joins a rather long list of ex-administration advisers and Cabinet members who have spoken out against the President's leadership and character. And the fact that so many former insiders, Republicans all, are making the same type of comments and similar claims against a sitting President is unheard of. Bolton's comments aren't groundbreaking, they're basically consistent with what others have already said about President Trump.

Of course, having seen the highest staff turnover rate in presidential history, Trump was bound to have a few disgruntled ex-aides. And while it's true that there are many administration officials who resigned or were fired and still remain loyal to President Trump, there's an increasing number of those who have become vocal in their disapproval of the President's actions. Bolton is just the latest. And while Bolton may have the motivation of making money from his book, most of the others once in Trump's innermost circle who have made similar criticisms are not authors pushing books, and have no financial incentives. Bolton, and others, have described the President as being impulsive, ill-informed, and someone who disregards advice, lacks adult sensibilities, and question his motivations and ability to lead.

For example, Former Defense Secretary James Mattis talked how Trumps Tweets create chaos in the Pentagon, and called Trump "the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people", and also described him as a threat to the Constitution.

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told lawmakers in 2019 that Trump didn't adequately prepare for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany, putting American officials at a disadvantage. Tillerson also called Trump "undisciplined", and noted that Trump would ask him to do things that were violations of the law. Further, Tillerson also questioned Trump's actions during the Ukraine investigation, saying that clearly asking for personal favors and using United States assets as collateral is wrong."

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci initially continued to defend the President after being fired from his job at the White House. But more recently, he has blamed the President for saying things "... that divide the country in a way that is unacceptable. Eventually he turns on everyone and soon it will be you and then the entire country." As a result, Scaramucci joins a list of former supporters who no longer support Trump's reelection bid.

Former Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer, after the President's intervention in Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher's war crimes case, noted that the President has very little understanding of "... what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices".

Gary Cohn, former National Economic Council director said last year that he was "concerned" there was no one left in Trump's staff to stand up to him and tell him what he didn't want to hear.

The anonymous author of a 2018 New York Times op-ed and a subsequent book titled "A Warning" claimed administration officials "are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of Trump's agenda and his worst inclinations," adding that "the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic." In the book, the anonymous senior administration official claimed that some in the President's inner circle worried he was in the pocket of Putin.

And of course, there are many others, including his niece, former employees, aides, journalists, who have made similar comments and accusations about the President's character. With that as background, Bolton's claims in his book "The Room Where It Happened" no longer seem outrageous or unbelievable. In some cases in his book, Bolton simply disagrees with the President's policies, such as how to deal with North Korea. That doesn't mean Bolton was right or wrong, it's simply a difference of opinion. But in other cases, Bolton documents very questionable behavior by the President.

Former White House chief of staff John Kelly has said he believes that Trump told Bolton U.S. security aid to Ukraine was conditioned on an investigation of the President's political rivals. With so many others, people who were close to the President saying the similar things, I think Bolton's claims stand on their own, and the book is worth reading for understanding the President, and for gaining insights as to how White House meetings are conducted, how WH decisions are made, and as to what goes on within the President's inner circle. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
The Room is an epic horror show, oddly and well-written by a former trump Republican supporter.

Even more strange is that it does not appear to have deterred any of trump's other delusional members.

The book reads smoothly with impending disaster - like a novel with many long and boring interludes.

It is too bad that the author does not also renounce his own disastrous choices:
to bomb North Korea,
to end Obamacare,
to test even more murderous nuclear weapons.... ( )
  m.belljackson | Jun 9, 2021 |
Did not like. ( )
  graps | Feb 5, 2021 |
Other than the amazement that the respected John Bolton would ever consider working for Trump, is the amazement Bolton lasted as long in his position of security advisor. Bolton did his best to advise Trump but it was a fool’s errand to try to attempt such with Trump who never read security briefings, didn’t have the patience to pay attention to any counsel other than his own opinion, and who had surrounded himself with cringe worthy yes men/women. Bolton knew he could never last long with such a volatile president so took voluminous contemporaneous notes of all events he attended in his security advisor role. This book is a data dump of all his notes, showing how incompetent the Trump presidency really was. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jan 20, 2021 |
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The book is bloated with self-importance, even though what it mostly recounts is Bolton not being able to accomplish very much. It toggles between two discordant registers: exceedingly tedious and slightly unhinged....
In another book by another writer, such anecdotes might land with a stunning force, but Bolton fails to present them that way, leaving them to swim in a stew of superfluous detail...
It’s a strange experience reading a book that begins with repeated salvos about “the intellectually lazy” by an author who refuses to think through anything very hard himself.
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