The Room Where It Happened
The Room Where It Happened A White House Memoir By Bolton, John R. Book - 2020 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition

The Room Where It Happened by John Bolton is the book in which John Bolton tells his story about his tenure as the national security advisor. In each chapter, he covers a different story on topics such as Russia, China, North Korea, and more. My favorite chapter was chapter 11 in which Bolton discussed the talks with North Korea. I am impressed by his ability to show the internal disorder of the administration, the president’s tweeting, how the president’s tweeting affects the administration, and the president’s behavior. However, at some points, I feel that his political beliefs may cloud his depiction of the administration’s actions. I worry whether or not Bolton is a trustable narrator, but I do not feel that he is purposely trying to mislead readers. I think this is a great book for teenagers and adults. It’s very long and is filled with stories that suck you in and fascinate you, but after reading the book you may feel disappointed that this is not fiction.

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