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John Bolton reads the epilogue!

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 the 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 early on, “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. 

©2020 John Bolton (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Amazonユーザー
  • 2020/08/04

この半年で1番刺激的で面白い

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  • CriticalEye
  • 2020/06/23

It's a necessary read regardless of your politics

As a life-long Republican, and U.S. Army veteran, I can only say that this book further confirms what I have been trying to deny for quite some time; that is, the situation with the current Executive branch of the U.S. government, and by extension all other branches, is far worse than even I could have imagined. This is not a read that you want to skim over but instead carefully consider what is said, For those of us who voted for Trump hoping that he would energize true and meaningful change in what had appeared previously as a dysfunctional federal government, well, let's just admit that not all bets pay off as one would hope. This book once and for all puts the nail in that coffin. Believe me folks, it's not easy for a one-time defender to now acknowledge that he's been played for a sucker by a petulant manipulator. I'm angry that my trust has been betrayed. Red or Blue, consider the implications across every facet of your life and your children's. Forget how you personally feel (rightly or wrongly, informed or not) about Bolton, We need to bite the bullet, roll up our sleeves, and repair the damage that's been done. Bolton's subtext is a story of how we've swung from gridlock to rudderless policy and open corruption. Given the choice between the two evils, I'd take gridlock any day. There must be an alternative mechanism for U.S. citizens to vet and propose candidates for office. There has to be.

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  • MickeyMarie
  • 2020/06/23

Not worth your time

It only took me 3 chapters to register that this is nothing more than an egotistical rant by a someone who is not honest enough to have testified when his knowledge could have helped the country; but who waited until his words have the potential of making him a lot of money. And he says very little that all of us have already discovered simply by being aware for the past 4 years. And by the way, I am very suspicious of the first review written by "Anonymous User" who has never written any other reviews.

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  • M. C.
  • 2020/06/23

A love letter from Bolton to Bolton

The bombshells are already all over the news. Don't waste your time. Bolton pats himself on the back at every turn while throwing practically all members of the Trunp and Obama administrations under the bus.

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  • 匿名
  • 2020/06/24

Even with Trump - Boltons story is boring

Absolutely love American politics so obviously this book was highly anticipated. The book is a self-indulgent, sluggish and an elongated read. It reads much like it was originally written a day by day recantment of what Bolton did in the white house, in bullet point form with some lackluster attempt to flavour it with minimal details unless their personally motivated opinion told as fact. If you want a boring book from an old warmonger past his time, describing an incompetent administration with false praise for himself - look no further. 2/10 would not bang

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  • Mark H. Allenbaugh
  • 2020/06/23

Important but poorly written

Bolton provides important context to the political crisis of our time: the incompetent, megalomaniac occupying the Oval Office and his small band of sycophants. Nonetheless, Bolton writes like Trump thinks. Well, if Trump could think in complete sentences. Bolton's thoughts are, to borrow a particularly apt phrase of his, an archipelago of dots that the reader is left to connect. Although, not the entire book suffers from this. Apparently some chapters were professionally edited. But others, like the first chapter, read like he simply transcribed his notes. If you have the patience for poor political prose and already have a nuanced understanding of the events Bolton discusses, this may be worth your library. Otherwise, just watch his ABC interview. It covers the highlights coherently.

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  • Nancy K
  • 2020/06/25

Yikes. I'm dying here... please kill me...

Starts out great in the first 2.5 hours. Good. I'm looking forward to new insights. Then it loses speed, digresses...and then it just never comes back. Or maybe it does. After slogging through 10 hours, waiting for something to happen, I just really don't care anymore. (Not that I don’t love long books. Because I listen many hours a day while I work, I thrive on stuff that lasts 40-60 hours, and I rarely use up a credit on anything under 12 hours.) Truth is, I was conflicted about buying the book in the first place. I wanted to hear Bolton in the impeachment hearings. I did not want to financially reward his reticence. (Or should I say, total lack of honor?) Unfortunately, my curiosity won out. What a huge disappointment, and much ado about nothing. In the reading, Bolton offers only a boring personal diary of his daily activities, monotonously recalling everyone who ever made a phone call, took a plane ride, or was in a meeting. I identify with neither Republicans (who lack hearts) or Democrats (who lack brains) but I do think of myself as a voting member of the Adult party, and one who cares deeply about the trajectory and fate of our nation. Bolton starts out well enough, stirring the pot and adding ingredients, but never gets around to serving dinner. A man shows himself by what he does, and what he does not do. If he set out to indict Trump, he has also indicted himself as just another self-absorbed narcissist. He never blew the whistle when it counted, and now is eager to brag about his do-nothing place in history, along with the other political rogues and sellouts with whom our country is plagued. Boo-hiss. That being said, the narrator deserves credit. He was ever-inventive with his inflections and flawless in the verbal rendering. He sallied forth, hour after hour, with unflagging determination, as though what he was saying still vaguely interested the reader after 8 chapters, which unfortunately, it did not. But I will not hold back on rating performance stars. Indeed, Robert Petkoff was the ONLY redeeming feature of this book. Good thing narrators are paid by contract, rather than by royalties.

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  • Robert Jason
  • 2020/06/24

Bolton is in love with himself

Lest we forget, or forgive, Bolton's cowardice at refusing to testify because it helped the opposition, his latest book proves Bolton loves only one person-himself. His ego is inflated to mythic proportions. Much like his former boss believes that only he can fix America's problems, Bolton incorrectly believes time and again that he's the smartest person in the room. There are moments that make you cringe, knowing these people are in charge of the country, but nothing that really hasn't been reported on previously. The fact that slumlord Jared Kushner handles sensitive materials and speaks with foreign leaders even though he doesn't have security clearance is infuriatingly baffling. This poorly written ego trip proves two things: the White House is a disaster, rivaling Trump University and Trump Casino for the title of the best of the most poorly managed companies by Trump; and that Bolton is an egotistical, self-serving, pompous ass. The country deserves better than these clowns. That's the takeaway. Save your money and your credit. The narration is excellent. The material should have been written on toilet paper then appropriately flushed.

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  • D. Martin
  • 2020/06/24

A telling book!

John Bolton’s book is an insiders guide to the chaos that happens almost daily in Trump’s White House. Plus it shows Trump’s inadequacies of asking questions that at the time indicates how fragile Trump’s cognitive abilities really are. Only negative is that the first couple of hours of the book are fairly dry until the book starts speaking of Bolton’s appointment to NSA. This book is perfect for anyone who has come to the belief that Trump is a habitual liar & incompetent as President of OUR country!

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  • Iassen Donov
  • 2020/06/23

The truth comes out from the biggest war hawk

I always thought Bolton was nuts. As a Republican I thought he was even too war hawk even for my own tastes. But at the end of the day, he is a Republican through and through. Unlike the false prophet posing inside the Oval Office. Bolton's narrative is concise and damning.

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  • Jb
  • 2020/06/25

Nothing salacious here, just a diary

At 21 hours, it’s about 4 times too long. It’s a memoir of Bolton’s career, and might be sort of a recitation of his diary. I am amazed he did not hurt his elbow patting himself on the back for all his experience. Tedious descriptions of meetings and not very salacious. I really wanted salacious nasty stuff! And there was not much of it. I started skipping around, slept through an hour, listened to maybe 3 hours, and checked the epilogue a little, where he told about the review of the manuscript and whether it was classified. But I'm trading it in because I just couldn't listen to him recite old news. So if you want to hear about John Bolton’s description of some meetings in the oval office, it's a good book for you.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020/06/24

I did everything right..says Bolton. don't bother!

This book is a tedious and dishonest portrayal making himself the poor suffering victim trying his best!

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  • papapownall
  • 2020/06/26

The powerful book that Trump tried to ban

Despite former Fox news pundit John Bolton only being in the Trump administration for 17 months as National Security Adviser (the hardest job, according to the author as opposed to Secretary of State which he describes as the easiest job), his memoirs of this time weigh in at an astonishing 600 pages or around 20 hours of listening time for the audio version. President Trump has famously tried to ban this book which has made it more interesting than it should have been. Bolton's political outlook is firmly in line with the president and he has not wavered from his alt right stance in his 2010 book "How Barack Obama Is Endangering Our National Sovereignty". Trump is famously not a detail man. Bolton certainly is. Bolton was not Trump's first National Scrutiny Adviser, there were three before him and, currently there have been a further two since. Trump's hiring and firing during his first year in the White House was unpredictable and chaotic and was possibly a reflection of the theory that Trump never expected to win in 2016. Trump liked Bolton's outspoken commentary on Fox news (but not his moustache) and hired him rather than a military man. So what did Bolton do in his short time before leaving through the revolving door? He key "achievements" were to advise Trump to drop the US commitment to the Paris Climate Change Agreement (apparently an attempt to subvert global power), was behind the US controversially recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and removing the US from the UN human rights commitments. Much of his short tenure was consumed with US foreign policy in relation to North Korea and Syria. Bolton disagreed with Trump's negotiations with North Korea which did not matter too much as Trump took the lead and did not allow advisers to be present in his meetings thus damaging the US relationship with South Korea. Bolton became increasingly exasperated by Trump who treated global diplomacy like a New York real estate deal and felt marginalised by not being able to attend meetings and finding out major policy decisions such as US withdrawal from the IMF, and imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium via the president's tweets. Trump dithered over strikes against Iran due to concerns over images on TV and this lead to Bolton eventually realising that he would not want to remain in position with Trump as president if there was to be a real crisis and resigned from his position in September 2019. Trump is famously not a detail man acting on instinct rather than analysis. Bolton is the polar opposite to this. This book is turgid at times and could have done with a good editor; there are a few gems in here though such as Trump not knowing that the UK has nuclear weapons and thinking than Finland was part of Russia. Bolton gives his views on certain world leaders and gives his views as to what Trump thought of them too. Neither of them rated Theresa May or Jeremy Hunt and Trump disliked Macron and Trudeau. Trump never, apparently, gave any indication as to what his views were of Putin. He also wanted Bolton to delay the publication of this book until after the November 2020 presidential elections. There is certainly a lot in here that could cause damage to Trump, in terms of both his international standing and with the US electorate. Powerful stuff indeed, if a bit stodgy.

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  • Ben 'DjMrBen' Waters
  • 2020/06/25

The Super-Scary TRUTH about POTUS!

See past the self promotion of the Author, and you have a super scary idea of what Donald Trump is REALLY like, and worse, how TERRIFYING it is for all STAFFERS in the White House, and the Secret Service detailed to POTUS. Capital Hill, the Senate and the House of Representatives have never had to deal with working for someone living in his own demented reality show, who only knows how to communicate via lies and falsified exaggeration, all the while, setting up a (so he believes) legally airtight Base to create his own Dictatorship over the USA from the White House and Trump Tower! Buy this book and know what is REALLY going on in the President's mind, a very worrying thing indeed!

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  • Alex Martin
  • 2020/06/24

Brilliant

This is very well written and well read. Constantly intriguing and shows what is like to be part of the Trump White House. I would recommend it to any person interested in US politics

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  • Jim W
  • 2020/06/25

My diary: John Bolton age 13 and three quarters in the White House

I did this. Then I had lunch Which was my idea The room looked nicer than when I was there last. Most people will not be looking for the level of detail provided which does nothing to advance the narrative. He is probably quite a wise man with a lot of experience, but it doesn’t read that way at all. It’s just his opinions with no discussion, which are usually that things should be bombed or broken. There are times when this is doubtless the right strategy, but you will never find out which are which from this book - and he certainly wouldn’t be the right person to discuss it anyways. I felt like I was always waiting for the book to get going, but if you feel the same way you will be waiting a long time.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 2020/06/27

What a great let down

A complete waste of time and money as this book is just an egotistical monologue

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  • bookworm77
  • 2020/06/26

Dreadful

This book is just dire. Bolton sees himself as the poor victim! As a writer he is excellent and the book is certainly well written, laid out and thought provoking in areas. However, I don’t feel the book itself is worth reading. I expected something different, but to be honest I’m not sure what I expected. Perhaps, taking responsibility for some of the mess and the monster he helped create would have been more sincere. Don’t expect this as you will only be dissatisfied. I get that he tried to keep him in check and he tried to make him see reason but the way he lays this out makes himself seem like the victim. If you want to know what the book is about then listen to the news as the main talking points are really the gist of the full book.

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  • CD
  • 2020/06/25

Nothing to see here

Just bought this on a whim not my usual tipple. It just goes on and on about how great he is, how he worked with bush 43. Yada, yada, yada. Most of the stuff had already been leaked or in the news. Waste of a credit.

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  • Jon
  • 2020/06/24

Will drive you up the wall!

Although the story is interesting - the edit of the performance means that it jumps and pauses which became irritating and spoils the book - so far this is the worst book I have downloaded - again due to edit of performance not story/book

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  • Maria
  • 2020/06/25

Everything one imagine Trump is in black and white!

As a foreign following US politics and domestic behaviour as all the actions tend to have an impact in the world economy being the most important thing after world health and found this book very important and all should read. For the ones that like me can’t wait for November to come to have a control on the Covid-19 situation in the US, because otherwise there will be no Americans to tell the story, having a “president “ that cares less about his people that his relationship with dictators around te world, one that wants to meet with the taliban, the one that abandoned his allies in the middle of a crisis, the one that turns its military on his own people ..... At least wile John Bolton was there we had someone sane in the picture, now what it who do we have?! Great read, thank you for the insight. Regards Maria

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  • meiyan li
  • 2020/06/23

20 Hours of crying and self promotion.

As much as I hate Donald Trump, it was hard to endure 20+ hours of John Bolton's crying and self promotion. He proudly displays his arrogant world view and perspective on lesser intelligent people around him. disgusting.

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  • 匿名
  • 2020/07/02

self indulgent memoir

being australian i hadn't heard much about john bolton beyond a few mentions on planet america. i wish before i started reading I should have googled him and found out he's a bit of a war mongering nut job. in the context of trumps administration that makes him one of the more stable genuises. This isnt much of a tell all of trumps embarrassing viewpoints and decisions (though there are more than a few). its more of an opportunity for bolton to assert his crazy diplomatic and military views unchallenged in a self serving manner. he uses phrases like intellectually lazy re his critics. and harps on about his ethical standards and how willing he was to resign again and again. just as bad as trump really in terms of not wanting to be seen as the dumpee than the dumper.

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  • Michael
  • 2020/06/27

A weaselly little book

In John Bolton land only his opinion matters and everything he touches is gold. Just another memior from a trump supporter that facilited the most corrupt US president in America's history. Apparently Trump went off the rails just months before Bolton resigns...a ridiculous claim only to save Bolton from being accused of lacking any moral fibre.

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  • 匿名
  • 2020/07/04

Bolton is the same as Trump

John Bolton has no respect for any opinion except his own, listening to his self aggrandisement for over 20 hours, no, I couldn't make it that far. Trump is a terrible president and a terrible person, but Bolton is a slightly more intelligent version of him with slightly different views. He still has the temperament of a spoiled child however. His descriptions of the media as 'frothing' to his constant derision towards the Obama administration, it is the work of a partisan hack who can't see the irony in his creation.

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  • 匿名
  • 2020/07/12

Pompous, patronising and pointless

John Bolton reminds us, at length, why John Bolton is right about everything. It seems Trump's main problem is to insufficiently consider the opinions of John Bolton. Buy this book if you like 20 hours of John Bolton talking about how good John Bolton is.

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  • Wally
  • 2020/07/20

A must read for those who think Trump should be reelected!

As a life long Republican I could not have ever thought I’d be considering voting for Joe Biden. This sealed it for me. Let’s hope a true Republican emerges in 2024. Thanks John.

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  • 匿名
  • 2020/10/06

I, Mr Adrian Praljak ( An Australian Lawyer )

SUMMARY My strong conclusions and opinions are that: USA President Donald Trump is an Extremely Dangerous President and should be urgently removed from The USA White House Office and as President of The USA). So too that the President Donald Trump’s Family Members and current USA White House Team who are currently in The USA White House, should be urgently, permanently removed. I, Mr. Adrian Praljak, ( An Australian Lawyer), honestly and truthfully submit, that President Donald Trump and his Family and current Team; are an extreme threat to: USA National Security and their Public and To Other Foreign countries IE, Australia, England The United Kingdom, Canada. President Donald Trump, "Did what he wanted to do based on what he knew and saw and based on his own best personal Interests" "Obstruction Of Justice a way of Life" President Donald Trump is clearly misusing his Presidency and is acting in his own Selfish Interests and also that of his own Family and Business Selfish Interests.

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  • GS
  • 2020/09/21

Self serving, would be a compliment

This book is as mundane as it gets. I’ve listened to 80% and have continuously hoped for it to get better, it has not. The narrator was trying but the content is challenging, perhaps impossible, to make interesting. John seems to be trying to rewrite history through this book, there is no self reflection on what he could have done differently, no analysis to understand or explain alternative views, no empathy. John is trying to distance himself from Trump but comes across as a sycophant, still desperate for Trump’s approval.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Brett Bailey
  • 2020/09/13

Yawn

Not sure who has the biggest ego. Bolton or Trump? I’m not a trump fan at all and was looking forward to this read. It was boring

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Annabel
  • 2020/09/10

Dull and self-aggrandising

I couldn't make it far through this, and I really tried. It's the boring, rambling, self-aggrandising waffle of an arrogant war monger. I was hoping for insight into the Trump administration, but John Bolton's sole purpose seems to be to tell the world how stupid everyone other than John Bolton is. Maybe the book improved, but the other reviews make me think that's unlikely. Personally, I couldn't make it through chapter 1. The narrator did a good job, and I hope he was well paid.