Jack is doing the Monday Book – so of course it’s late –
The Room where it Happened – John Bolton
Well – Bolton comes over in this as quite the piece of work. A hard line hawk who clearly believes in using force and any kind of underhand shenanigans to promote US policies around the world.
The book covers his time as part of Trump’s White House team and he portrays himself as the cleverest one in the place. He describes Trump as a kind of ‘useful idiot’ and the others as lightweights to be manipulated. Further, he describes a President “addicted to chaos, who embraced our enemies and spurned our friends, and who was deeply suspicious of his own government”.
In his dealings with world leaders there’s little attempt at normal diplomacy or compromise. There’s a particularly chilling passage where he describes quite matter of factly undermining the elected government of Venezuela and the country’s economy. At the same time he is supporting the attempted coup by another, more US friendly politician.
When Trump moved to reduce or remove US troops from Iraq, Afghanistan and S. Korea, Bolton wasn’t in favor. This didn’t play to his hard man image or his vision of US domination around the world.
There are some references to his time as US ambassador to the UN in George W Bush’s Presidency which show how his attitudes hadn’t changed much over time.
The book is quite well written and doesn’t appear to have been ‘ghosted’. I got the impression that it was probably based on a diary or written notes made over his time with Trump. Of course that means that insights he displays are what he observed and experienced personally, so not so much three dimensional chess but more chequers!
Can I recommend this book?
If you want one man’s perspective on a very dangerous time in which he played a prominent part then you might find it intriguing. I found it scary!
Happy Publication Day to Angela Thomas Jones, who has written a help book for health professionals on the edge of burnout. Angela was invited to provide information for today’s Monday Book. Here is her press release:
New Hampshire author Angela Thomas Jones of Bethlehem released a new book with Amazon Sunday November 29. Foreword written by Dr. Art Hengerer, MD co-lead of the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative for Clinician Well-being and Epilogue by Michael Meit, ETSU Center for Rural Health Research and his team from Kentucky. NOT Too Tired to Care chronicles how a grassroots movement in the northern rural region of NH based on data showing many health care workers are burned and NOT talking about it for fear of losing their job. This book weaves research and data with real-life experience into a recipe that will boost your natural ability to move from survival mode to thriving and sustain the long haul. Studies suggest 20% compassion satisfaction in our total workload is necessary for maintaining resilience to keep burnout at bay.Learn how to deepen your capacity for compassion satisfaction by using a simple 4-step evidence-informed practice called HomeBase. Angela has led her colleagues to join the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience founded in 2017 by the National Academy of Medicine. As a licensed addiction professional with three decades of experience on the front lines specializing in trauma-sensitive mind-body practices, she is helping individuals, families, and organizations deepen their capacity for compassion satisfaction. Step by step instructions for how to join this national movement for Well-Being and Resilience are included. Hear what others are saying about NOT Too Tired to Care.
“Thomas Jones has captured a hidden and essential truth in America’s healthcare system: those holding it up are exhausted. Healthcare professionals will find solidarity and self-care suggestions alike in her work.” Wendy Welch, author: From the Front Lines of the Appalachian Addiction Crisis and COVID Conspiracies.
“In these unprecedented times when social isolation, the rise in suicide rates, and a spike in behavioral health issues are gripping this country, along comes this book offering helpful techniques to guide each of us so we can actively learn to take care of ourselves which will better prepare us to take care of others.”
Linda Massimilla, Vice-Chair States/Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee, Grafton 1 New Hampshire State Representative