• Michelle Reynoso

John Bolton writes a fly-on-the-wall style memoir

There were points in this book I found myself gasping out loud at encounters with Trump and other government officials and world leaders. Are they all true? We’ll never know most likely, but even if only a few of them are true, the revelations are eye-opening to say the least.

Here is one excerpt I bookmarked as a prime example.

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping
“…then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming US presidential election, alluding to China’s economic capability to affect the ongoing campaigns, pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win. He stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome. I would print Trump’s exact words but the government’s prepublication review process has decided otherwise.”

John Bolton writes a fly-on-the-wall style memoir that gives us a peek into a world most of us will never be a part of. The writing is solid, though at times it feels like someone took a thesaurus to the draft to insert fancy word replacements. Maybe John Bolton talks this way naturally, but not knowing him personally, I can only judge the language as a general interest reader and the language often felt stilted.

This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in politics, memoirs, and solid non-fiction stories, and a must-read for anyone still undecided on who they will vote for in the US election.