The Room Where It Happened

The Room Where It Happened

A White House Memoir

Book - 2020 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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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." --Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2020.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781982148034
1982148039
Branch Call Number: 973.933092 BOLTO
Characteristics: 577 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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franzkafka
Oct 23, 2020

Bolton is almost as pompous and bellicose as Trump himself. Couldn't get past 50 pages it was so boring. Bolton tries to reference some classical and other well known material to make himself look a lot more intelligent than he really is. Can't understand why the library had to buy 10 extra copies. The interest in 'train wreck' Trump will drop off sharply after he loses the election on November 3rd.

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dollface_1
Oct 21, 2020

Oh my God. I made several attempts at reading this book, but it was like eating cardboard. A waste of 20 bucks. Although I'm sure that he had a point or two to make, it got lost in his wordings and self admiration. This is a half star rating but cannot change it from the 2 star posted here???? I didn't even select a star rating...just assigned to me.

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Leah_R
Oct 13, 2020

Maybe worth reading just to understand Bolton's very conservative world view, but the book is not an easy read. Fog index rates the grade level of a book based on length of sentences and complexity of words. I did not do the math but this book is off the scale... probably up in the Ph.D. or Doctorate level. Too many unnecessary quotes of obscure academics and other sources. Bolton is trying too hard to impress us with his erudition. I will admit that he is smarter than Trump, but so are most collage graduates. The whole book could be summed up as, "I gave good advice. Trump ignored it. Trump is not qualified to be president."

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wamonica
Sep 19, 2020

Publishers Weekly couldn't have said it better. A very boring book full of self praise and criticisms of just about everybody else.

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john99999
Sep 16, 2020

John Bolton, who is a hard core conservative republican, who was Donald Trump's National Security Adviser. Who has quite the ego also. Described in detail, the scary events involving Donald Trump's decision making, as with the other books out on Trump, including Bob Woodward's book "Rage", in Trump's own words.

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Chyfetz
Sep 15, 2020

I too gave up after 100 pages and then just scanned it.

Bolton forgets who was actually elected President.

He must have a HUGE ego - he is telling how he told the President what not to do throughout the book. Give your advice and then shut up. It is hard to read.

Anyone who could take such detailed notes of every last second of conversations is either too busy taking notes to actually do their job or just making it up after the fact.

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mike100274
Sep 14, 2020

You only need to read the first chapter of this book. Every chapter has the same pattern - 1) Trump is disorganized, 2) I gave him the right advice and he didn't heed it, 3) everything Obama did is wrong. After reading about 200 pages in this pattern just chipped away at the credibility of the author. There are better books out there on the same subject that are more objective.

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KAREN S HARRIS
Sep 11, 2020

Totally agree on BORING. Not worth the half hr of my time before giving up entirely.

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raguentnerjr
Sep 01, 2020

Couldn't finish chapter 1. It's a boring pile of crap!

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Asgard1
Aug 13, 2020

Like everyone else I slogged through this book determined to finish it. It was the most difficult book I’ve ever read in my long life. And I’ve read everything from The Wind in the Willows to Decline of the Roman Empire. All the way through John Bolton paints himself as the only sane voice in the House of Chaos. In other words it’s a testament to himself.

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