Arguably, the hottest book at the moment and for the coming weeks until other memoirs will come out, “The Room Where It Happened” gives us an insight of the havoc in the corridors and the Oval office of the White House.

The book, from my point of view, can be read from different angles depending of who turns the pages.
 
For a start, we need to keep in mind that the book is about the current administration of the US, written by an American, who also is a Republican. These two elements tell a lot about what you will find within the pages: the whole work will transpire the Manifest Destiny and will be coated with the Republican viewpoint and the very much used phrase “in the interest of America.” Therefore, depending of your sympathies, either for the Republicans or the Democrats, and of course, if you are a US citizen or not, Bolton’s narrative may be natural and consequent, probably upsetting or even disturbing. Again, all depends of the reader.
 
My advise: If you are looking for a book with White House gossip, save your money. That bit is out on the news already, quoting phrases out of context and posting juicy notes to generate clicks and traffic.
 
Yes, the book speaks about the vertiginous rides in the White House with a president that may forget his opinion about the subject next day and, in fact, give the opposite order and a day later start over again. Also this work will tell you about the sick romance between Trump and China, the chicken-out challenge with North Korea, the frustrated whim for Venezuela, the constant pain caused by the Middle-East and the toxic relation with Russia. As a Mexican-British citizen, I’m surprised that the book barely mentions my country of birth.
 
After reading “The Room Where It Happened”, this is how I pictured the Oval office in my mind:

Imagine that you have an individual who bought a new computer with no knowledge of informatics. As he turns on the computer and has no clue where to start, he calls the customer service for assistance.
 
He asks the advisor how to play music. Before the advisor can finish his explanation, the customer interrupts talking about his favourite band whilst keeps clicking, typing and pushing buttons. The advisor finally manages to explain where to find the music player and how to play a cd by using the cd tray. The novel user plays his first track and finish the call instantly. He is so proud of himself and thinks that the credit for this “achievement” is all his and deserves to be the man of the year in the PC Magazine.
 
Then, he wants to know how to play videos so he calls again to the customer service line. Another advisor gets the query and has to deal with the same annoying customer that will interrupt constantly without listening to the directions needed.
 
As the new user keeps clicking and pushing buttons, the computer crashes and becomes useless. The user gets mad and blames the advisor. And swears with bring down the manufacturer.

Yeah, that’s the impression I’ve got of the White House so far.
 
Another thought about this book is that it is easy to focus on what Bolton says about Trump and his crazy and inconsistent administration, full of bullying, arrogance and ignorance. But, what does the book tell about Bolton itself? A Republican with his own agenda to reach a very specific role within the government, a public servant with a honeymoon with POTUS and the subsequent degradation of the idyll until the separation becomes imminent. A fierce critic of the Obama era and nostalgic of the Bush and W. Bush administrations.

No government in the world is perfect and I do agree that the Obama era was not spotless, but it is so obvious that the US is currently like a chariot pulled by a dozen of mad stallions and the person in charge prefers to lie and keep “the base” blinded along with a party that prefers a fateful end than losing the power, regardless the thousands of lives they are responsible for.
 
A must-read, hardly.
An interesting book, definitely.
 
ISBN: 9781982148034 (hard cover)
ISBN: 9781982148058 (e-book)