The New York Times and USA Today bestseller
A revealing, dramatic, deeply personal book about the most significant events of our time, written by the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Nikki Haley is widely admired for her forthright manner (“With all due respect, I don’t get confused”), her sensitive approach to tragic events, and her confident representation of America’s interests as our Ambassador to the United Nations during times of crisis and consequence.
In this book, Haley offers a first-hand perspective on major national and international matters, as well as a behind-the-scenes account of her tenure in the Trump administration.
This book reveals a woman who can hold her own—and better—in domestic and international power politics, a diplomat who is unafraid to take a principled stand even when it is unpopular, and a leader who seeks to bring Americans together in divisive times.
Former South Carolina governor Haley (Can't Is Not an Option) delivers a selective and self-serving account of her stewardship of her home state in the aftermath of the 2015 Charleston church shooting and her tenure as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Haley movingly describes trying to call Mother Emanuel AME's pastor, State Senator Clementa Pickney, before she realized he was one of the shooter's nine victims. She takes issue with President Obama for according to her interpretation of his remarks suggesting that the Southern "way of life" was to blame for the murders, and details the bipartisan vote to remove the Confederate flag from state house grounds. Haley admits to not knowing much about the UN ahead of her appointment (except that "most Americans didn't like it"), but takes credit for convincing Russia and China to support sanctions against North Korea and standing up to the General Assembly's "anti-Israel bias." She paints Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and White House chief of staff John Kelly as "disloyal to the president," and claims that Trump has a right "to change his mind," even if it leads to the embarrassment of others. Haley's unwillingness to fully address the counterarguments to her policy positions undermines her authority, and her claims to have left the UN before the 2018 midterms simply because she needed "to take a breath" will ring false to readers keeping track of how often she describes herself as "ambitious" and "no wallflower." As groundwork for a future campaign, however, this carefully worded memoir does its job.
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A role model for all Americans
I am so inspired by her words. I’m shocked at the things she’s seen. My family also immigrated from India and it is so refreshing to hear someone grateful for their parents’ sacrifice but also give a logical take on immigration laws. She does not play political power games. She calls people out..respectfully. Her strength has been immensely needed in the UN and her ethics and morals have been needed in this country even more. I’m so grateful our tax money was well spent on her. Who’s our next Nikki Haley?