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

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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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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.As President Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton spent many of his 453 days in the room where it happened, and the facts speak for themselves.

The result is a White House memoir that is the most comprehensive and substantial account of the Trump Administration, and one of the few to date by a top-level official. With almost daily access to the President, John Bolton has produced a precise rendering of his days in and around the Oval Office. What Bolton saw astonished him: a President for whom getting reelected was the only thing that mattered, even if it meant endangering or weakening the nation. “I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations,” he writes. In fact, he argues that the House committed impeachment malpractice by keeping their prosecution focused narrowly on Ukraine when Trump’s Ukraine-like transgressions existed across the full range of his foreign policy—and Bolton documents exactly what those were, and attempts by him and others in the Administration to raise alarms about them.

He shows a President addicted to chaos, who embraced our enemies and spurned our friends, and was deeply suspicious of his own government. In Bolton’s telling, all this helped put Trump on the bizarre road to impeachment. “The differences between this presidency and previous ones I had served were stunning,” writes Bolton, who worked for Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43. He discovered a President who thought foreign policy is like closing a real estate deal—about personal relationships, made-for-TV showmanship, and advancing his own interests. As a result, the US lost an opportunity to confront its deepening threats, and in cases like China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea ended up in a more vulnerable place.

Bolton’s account starts with his long march to the West Wing as Trump and others woo him for the National Security job. The minute he lands, he has to deal with Syria’s chemical attack on the city of Douma, and the crises after that never stop. As he writes in the opening pages, “If you don’t like turmoil, uncertainty, and risk—all the while being constantly overwhelmed with information, decisions to be made, and sheer amount of work—and enlivened by international and domestic personality and ego conflicts beyond description, try something else.”

The turmoil, conflicts, and egos are all there—from the upheaval in Venezuela, to the erratic and manipulative moves of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, to the showdowns at the G7 summits, the calculated warmongering by Iran, the crazy plan to bring the Taliban to Camp David, and the placating of an authoritarian China that ultimately exposed the world to its lethal lies. But this seasoned public servant also has a great eye for the Washington inside game, and his story is full of wit and wry humor about how he saw it played.

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Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Book Format
Hardcover
Number of Pages
592
Author
John Bolton
Title
The Room Where It Happened
ISBN-13
9781982148034
Publication Date
June, 2020
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.60 Inches
ISBN-10
1982148039

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Enlightening and optimistic...open for discussion.
This book gives more clarity to how we as a Country got to where we are right now. How the daily briefings are prioritized and the difficulties that staff faced while trying keep the President interested. The great effort to animate certain subjects to maintain the President's attention. This book explains why John Bolton didn't testify at the President's impeachment hearings. The book sheds insight on why certain cabinet members left and why some stayed as long as they did, given the difficulties that they faced. This book displays the reasonings of decisions between loyalty to Trump or fulfilling the oath of their duties as public officials. How the offer of great wealth is openly expressed as a conscious suppressor.
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Improper packaging
The flap on the package was tucked in instead of being affixed to the outside of the box. As a result the extremely sticky part of the flap was on the book jacket. That ruined the book jacket.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Enlightening and optimistic...open for discussion.
This book gives more clarity to how we as a Country got to where we are right now. How the daily briefings are prioritized and the difficulties that staff faced while trying keep the President interested. The great effort to animate certain subjects to maintain the President's attention. This book explains why John Bolton didn't testify at the President's impeachment hearings. The book sheds insight on why certain cabinet members left and why some stayed as long as they did, given the difficulties that they faced. This book displays the reasonings of decisions between loyalty to Trump or fulfilling the oath of their duties as public officials. How the offer of great wealth is openly expressed as a conscious suppressor.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
Improper packaging
The flap on the package was tucked in instead of being affixed to the outside of the box. As a result the extremely sticky part of the flap was on the book jacket. That ruined the book jacket.
This book gives more clarity to how we as a Country got to where we are right now. How the daily briefings are prioritized and the difficulties that staff faced while trying keep the President interested. The great effort to animate certain subjects to maintain the President's attention. This book explains why John Bolton didn't testify at the President's impeachment hearings. The book sheds insight on why certain cabinet members left and why some stayed as long as they did, given the difficulties that they faced. This book displays the reasonings of decisions between loyalty to Trump or fulfilling the oath of their duties as public officials. How the offer of great wealth is openly expressed as a conscious suppressor.
The flap on the package was tucked in instead of being affixed to the outside of the box. As a result the extremely sticky part of the flap was on the book jacket. That ruined the book jacket.
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Enlightening and optimistic...open for discussion.

This book gives more clarity to how we as a Country got to where we are right now. How the daily briefings are prioritized and the difficulties that staff faced while trying keep the President interested. The great effort to animate certain subjects to maintain the President's attention. This book explains why John Bolton didn't testify at the President's impeachment hearings. The book sheds insight on why certain cabinet members left and why some stayed as long as they did, given the difficulties that they faced. This book displays the reasonings of decisions between loyalty to Trump or fulfilling the oath of their duties as public officials. How the offer of great wealth is openly expressed as a conscious suppressor.

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Very truthful ... I recommend it highly !!!

"The Room Where It Happened" is an absolutely WONDERFUL memoir by former National Security Advisor, John Bolton !! It's s gripping book that informs one about all the possible effects that the Trump White House has pulled and is still pulling. Reading the book convinced me that I will NOT, in any way, vote for Donald Trump .. and I didn't in 2016 !!!!!

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Very informative. It made my brain work hard trying to remember what roles these people played in our government. I do believe this information is needed by all

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Disappointed I'm in quanitin no hassle

This book was suppose to have been canceled I already received my reordered one walmart messed up I had spoke to the help line

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a book full of truth and of facts

A book written by a person who was there, a book full of truth and of facts


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