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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 representa 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.


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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 representa 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.

30 review for With All Due Respect: Defending America With Grit and Grace

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Nikki Haley Nikki Haley will in all likelihood become the first woman President of the United States, not because of her gender, but because she is one of the most amazing people ever. She’s tough. She’s no nonsense. And, best of all, she takes names. Whatever fractures this country has, whatever divisions, Haley may be best positioned to bring us all together. She grew up in a world divided, but one where she was an outsider who didn’t fit in to preconceived notions of racial division. And she k Nikki Haley Nikki Haley will in all likelihood become the first woman President of the United States, not because of her gender, but because she is one of the most amazing people ever. She’s tough. She’s no nonsense. And, best of all, she takes names. Whatever fractures this country has, whatever divisions, Haley may be best positioned to bring us all together. She grew up in a world divided, but one where she was an outsider who didn’t fit in to preconceived notions of racial division. And she knows how amazingly far the South has come since she was a child. Her own election and that if Tim Scott demonstrate that, with few spare exceptions, the world has changed. One of Haley’s most poignant stories in this book is about the Charleston church shooting and how it ripped open wounds that were thought to have healed. How growing up in South Carolina she understood that the shooter’s bitter Hate was the exception now, not the rule. And she hated his the national media and race baiters seemed to want to use it to redivide our country. Her recounting if each of the nine victims and their funerals Most of us are only familiar with Haley as the UN ambassador with the high heels who announced that the US was back and was going to stand with its friends, not its enemies. Haley recounts how as she waited to take her ambassadorship Obama and Samantha Powers took the opportunity to betray our allies and to reward our enemies. Haley explains how she saw how the UN unfairly was used to bully Israel, how brutal dictators like Assad and Castro were given a free pass. And how the UN never gives a damn about human rights. One of the final chapters is given to her visit to South Sudan and the brutal conditions there that have been allowed to fester as literally millions have become refugees in their own country. This book which is more highlights than a biography is incredibly well-written, obviously well-researched, and narrated so smoothly that it practically reads itself.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Hell hath no fury like a woman wrongly portrayed. Nikki Haley takes on the UN and the good old boys, John Kelly and Rex Tillerson, with the same equanimity and fighting spirit and proves that this Southern woman is no wilting magnolia. This is as much a chronicle of a few years in Haley’s life--beginning with the Charleston shootings and chronicling her time as UN Ambassador--as it is a study in international policy and the shortcomings of the UN, the most galling of which is their continued dismi Hell hath no fury like a woman wrongly portrayed. Nikki Haley takes on the UN and the good old boys, John Kelly and Rex Tillerson, with the same equanimity and fighting spirit and proves that this Southern woman is no wilting magnolia. This is as much a chronicle of a few years in Haley’s life--beginning with the Charleston shootings and chronicling her time as UN Ambassador--as it is a study in international policy and the shortcomings of the UN, the most galling of which is their continued dismissal and antagonism toward Israel, the only democracy in that part of the world. She calmly and pointedly recounts her experiences, the ideals she fought for, all the while taking on both the Chinese and Russian ambassadors on the UN Security Council who, not surprisingly, were always on the other side of every initiative she undertook. The atrocities she cites and which continue to take place throughout our world will anger and sadden you, a few of the stories made me physically ill, but they also made me ever more grateful to live in a land of freedom. And I cheered Nikki on as she fought the good fight. In a book filled with example after example of the UN’s failures, there were two that boiled my blood. The disparity she found between how much we (the US) spend in foreign aid to certain countries and how often those countries’ interests are not aligned with ours is shocking (e.g., in 2017 we gave Pakistan more aid than only a handful of other countries, nearly $1 billion, yet they oppose us 76% of the time and harbor terrorists plotting to hurt us). But the most shameful is the UN’s Human Rights Council whose members are elected by secret ballot and which count among its members some of the worst human rights violators, Cuba, China, Rwanda and Saudi Arabia. If you dismiss this woman’s story simply due to politics, then you will miss a great opportunity to learn something important and to look beyond your bubble. As a woman, an immigrant and a humanist, Nikki Haley is my kind of hero.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sleepless Dreamer

    I wanted to read this book after reading Linda Sarsour's memoir, cause if I'm reading about an American left wing leader, I should also read about a right wing leader. So apologies but this review is going to be somewhat of a comparison of the two books.  In many ways, Linda Sarsour and Nikki Haley seem like mirror images. Both are first generation Americans, daughters to immigrants, both have experienced prejudice in America, both have parents who wear religious attire and have stories about how I wanted to read this book after reading Linda Sarsour's memoir, cause if I'm reading about an American left wing leader, I should also read about a right wing leader. So apologies but this review is going to be somewhat of a comparison of the two books.  In many ways, Linda Sarsour and Nikki Haley seem like mirror images. Both are first generation Americans, daughters to immigrants, both have experienced prejudice in America, both have parents who wear religious attire and have stories about how that influenced them. Both talk about using their voices, about being a minority at the table. And yet, their opinions are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Nikki Haley mentions several times that what unites us is more important. It seems she believes the similarities are what should be highlighted and not the differences. In contrast, Linda Sarsour talks about celebrating the differences. She often mentions the way a Muslim woman is living life differently, the way Black men experience the police differently.  I think that's the true difference between them, that's where it actually stems from. If you believe that all that unites us is more important, you don't want to talk about identity politics, you don't want to be aware of racial prejudices, we are all the same. And if you highlight what's different, you don't want to be told that we're all equal Americans, you don't want to feel empathy for everyone but your people, a white privileged straight cis man is not like a Muslim Palestinian woman.  And within these two mindsets, I found that I entirely don't know where to place myself. I was able to read both Haley's book and Sarsour's book and go, "heck yeah, that's true" to both of them, despite the different opinions. I find that Sarsour is right in her claim that different parts of society experience it differently and we need to be aware of that but at the same time, it seems like Haley's view might actually be more helpful in order to live a mutual life together. Beyond that, I do believe that we are all the same in our ability to feel, to experience, to care. That should play a part in the way we do politics.  But I'm getting way ahead of myself (and this is starting to sound like an essay for uni, totally going to start adding footnotes). Returning to the book!    So, Nikki Haley. Before reading this, I only really knew that she's close to Trump and that she's very pro-Israel. I wish those two things wouldn't work in tandem. In any case, just like Linda Sarsour, I did not know much about her and her experiences.  Haley goes deep into the Charleston murder, discusses her support of Marco Rubio, shares her thoughts about the UN, and digs deep into her attempts at creating chance in the UN, regarding the Human Rights Council, South Sudan, North Korea, Venezuela, and Israel. This book is a summary of her time representing America in the UN. I have to say, I didn't think this book would be so levelheaded and reasonable. Haley seems like such a humanist. It seems like she entered politics in order to make a positive change and really is doing everything she can in order to help people. She has some insightful ideas about HRC and North Korea and I have to say, her thoughts about the UN were refreshing, I definitely agree with her that the UN doesn't manage to achieve much of what it sets out to do.   I've never really thought about Trump's administration as individual people. Reading Haley's book suddenly made me realize that she was not entirely pro-Trump and that she saw him like a co-worker and not necessarily as a leader that she supported blindly. In fact, she discusses the way she will support the president as that is who the people have chosen.  In a way, Sarsour and Haley's love for the country and their communities is exactly what leads them into such different paths. It's Sarsour's love for America that pushes her to be an activist just as Haley's love for America pushes her into office, even with a president that she does not agree with entirely. This is an important point to remember as we debate about politics. However, it's worth noting that How Democracies Die: What History Reveals About Our Future mentions this precisely and says that in Austria in 2016, the extreme right wing party FPÖ was competing with an independent candidate. The right-center party had realized that FPÖ's candidate was an extremist and so they supported the independent candidate, despite the conventions. By gatekeeping the extremists, parties can take responsibility for the political game. In contrast, when Republicans like Haley were willing to go, "well, Trump's our candidate, we must support him", they essentially gave him legitimacy, exactly the opposite of what ÖVP did. So yeah, I do see how we should support democratically elected people once they have been chosen but at the same time, Republicans could have decided to speak up against Trump. By accepting that he's the Republican nominee and going on as usual, they are complacent in the acceptance of Trump into politics. It's often hard for me to understand why American Republicans would think the way they do. I mean, how can you speak against healthcare? Why fight against gun control? How can you support a party that doesn't see the harmful effects of capitalism? So I was a little disappointed that Haley didn't bring more of that. She responds a little bit about the economics of Republicans by talking about the benefits of free economy, without pointing out that a country can have a free competitive market while also caring for its citizens, it's not just communism or capitalism. It's silly when politicians claim that with a welfare state, we'll end up with the USSR, as if America isn't ridiculously behind by not having free healthcare. I had hoped to hear a more nuanced look from someone who makes decisions. This book made me think about how immigration is so hard and when a country doesn't offer good resources for people to gain the tools they need, they're essentially creating a problem which is later much harder to solve. It is much easier to help someone learn English than it is to afterwards deal with their inability to take part in life due to the language barrier. She talks about the American dream but neglects to mention that both of her parents were highly educated. Is the American dream still an option for someone who comes with nothing and wants to work hard?  All in all, this was a pleasant surprise. Even if I don't agree with certain things Haley says, I feel like I pictured this book more controversial than it actually is. I'm finding that the UN is much more interesting than I thought it would be, someone should remind me to apply to the UN internship program one of these days.  What I'm Taking With Me - This book is written very similarly to Sarsour's book. Totally wondering about ghostwriters.  - There's the Politics student voice in my head that says that there's a specific audience that reads politicians' biographies and therefore this is written in a way to make them like Haley more than they would if they'd just read a list of her decisions. - Bless your heart is apparently an aggressive statement in the south. 

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dee Arr

    {VIDEO: The Most Dangerous Book Review on the Internet here: http://bit.ly/NHaley_Respect } Today’s bookshelves are overflowing with political books from members of both the Republican and Democrat parties, as well as opinions from those whose views represent those in other camps. Many explode and condemn by names the people who do not follow the same political beliefs. It was a welcome relief to see that type of behavior is not repeated in this book from Nikki Haley. One of the guiding principle {VIDEO: The Most Dangerous Book Review on the Internet here: http://bit.ly/NHaley_Respect } Today’s bookshelves are overflowing with political books from members of both the Republican and Democrat parties, as well as opinions from those whose views represent those in other camps. Many explode and condemn by names the people who do not follow the same political beliefs. It was a welcome relief to see that type of behavior is not repeated in this book from Nikki Haley. One of the guiding principles represented is her belief that Americans need to “…refocus the country on working together to build our strength and not allow ourselves to be torn apart.” Yes, that is easy to say and very hard to do. Throughout the pages of “With all Due Respect,” the author poses the tough questions she has dealt with and explains what she did and why, both as Governor of South Carolina and later as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Ms. Haley shares her emotions, the strengths of a person with strong ideals. Through it all, the emphasis is on respect for all and working together to move forward. Author Nikki Haley talks openly about the challenges she has faced through her life and how they have shaped her and given her the tools to address whatever confronted her over the last few years. She approached each issue and gave those who disagreed with her the dignity they deserved. Her actions describe even more than her words, demonstrating she is a person who looks past the racial and political lines to find agreement between people, between citizens of this country and of the world. She makes no apologies for acknowledging her heritage while at the same time considering herself an American. The world needs more Nikki Haleys. Five stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    L.A. Starks

    This is a good book about being a publicly responsible, active unifier--the state governor--in the face of a divisive and truly horrible event (the Charleston church murders of 9 African-American worshippers). Along the way readers will understand the discrimination Haley herself endured growing up in rural South Carolina as the daughter of Indian Sikhs and how that experience continues to inform her approach. We also come to understand how much she loves South Carolina and its people. This book This is a good book about being a publicly responsible, active unifier--the state governor--in the face of a divisive and truly horrible event (the Charleston church murders of 9 African-American worshippers). Along the way readers will understand the discrimination Haley herself endured growing up in rural South Carolina as the daughter of Indian Sikhs and how that experience continues to inform her approach. We also come to understand how much she loves South Carolina and its people. This book may be of interest to those who like political science or follow current events. Ms. Haley gives insight into both her jobs as South Carolina governor and the more thankless job of ambassador to the UN. While I do not recommend this book to mystery/suspense/thriller/action adventure readers--and even for students of government it goes far into the weeds, especially with the UN--Ms. Haley has written cogently about how she considered and addressed the challenges she faced. As a bonus, readers will discern if they don't already know that the phrase "bless your heart" is southern women's code for far more emphatic expletives.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jim Brown

    In my opinion, when people see who wrote this book and that she is a Republican and if they are left of center on the political spectrum, they will determine it to be not worth reading. That would definitely be their loss. This is a great book for everyone to read IF they want to read about a strong and principled woman who rose to be the United Nation Ambassador for the United States. She is a woman in what typically is described as a “man’s world” yet she not only survived she thrived and Amer In my opinion, when people see who wrote this book and that she is a Republican and if they are left of center on the political spectrum, they will determine it to be not worth reading. That would definitely be their loss. This is a great book for everyone to read IF they want to read about a strong and principled woman who rose to be the United Nation Ambassador for the United States. She is a woman in what typically is described as a “man’s world” yet she not only survived she thrived and America is better for her work not only at the United Nations but also as Governor for the State of South Carolina. As I read the book, I thought about my three daughters and one son and how they may have benefited by reading Haley’s book when they were teenagers. The one statement that stands out far more than any other in the book was when she described being the American born daughter of a mother and father who both immigrated to America from India. She was “not white enough to be welcomed by white groups, and she was not black enough to be welcomed by black groups.” She said she could have let that deter her but instead she moved on. That is a lesson for everyone regardless of your ethnic heritage or your skin color. I particularly enjoyed reading about how she rarely if ever took “no” for an answer. That she fought the status quo and in spite of tremendous odds managed to convince others to do the right things at the appropriate times. It also depicts the world as it really is rather than what we may think it is or what we see on television. Many of her experiences are truly shocking as she describes them. I fully realize this is one person’s view of the time she spent as Governor and then as Ambassador yet as I read it, the truth seemed to shine through. This is a good book and one that every teenager should read and learn from in their early years as there are valuable lessons throughout the book. Adults could also learn from the book as it provides a window into the operation of a state government, the United Nations and the White House. Who should read this book? Everyone interested in improving their position in life and everyone interested in current events and politics! It’s that good! Would I read it again? Probably not, it is not one of those books you need to read more than once. Would I give it as a gift? I definitely would!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Steve Dustcircle

    While the book is well-written, and probably paid to be ghostwritten, is full of B.S. Ms. Haley is widely known for being stubborn, rude, and a war-monger. The idea that she would attempt to draw attention to the hawkish scoundrel that she is shows no shame ... and she has the balls to defend such horrible views on economic policy and immigration. If you're a scum-like person, you might identify with this book, but for the humanist and futurist, it was a read of simmering bile. While the book is well-written, and probably paid to be ghostwritten, is full of B.S. Ms. Haley is widely known for being stubborn, rude, and a war-monger. The idea that she would attempt to draw attention to the hawkish scoundrel that she is shows no shame ... and she has the balls to defend such horrible views on economic policy and immigration. If you're a scum-like person, you might identify with this book, but for the humanist and futurist, it was a read of simmering bile.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    It's ok. The United Nations sounds like a complete and futile mess to me. She's hard headed, and that's a take here. Difficult job all around. I'm not sure other than the "grit and grace" that's there is core Nikki here in full exposure. I'm just not. This is copy record to place herself for a future run for top spot perhaps. One thing is that I do believe she can express herself without the vitriol or habits of strongly partisan politico. Including NOT having any inclination for being a long, ty It's ok. The United Nations sounds like a complete and futile mess to me. She's hard headed, and that's a take here. Difficult job all around. I'm not sure other than the "grit and grace" that's there is core Nikki here in full exposure. I'm just not. This is copy record to place herself for a future run for top spot perhaps. One thing is that I do believe she can express herself without the vitriol or habits of strongly partisan politico. Including NOT having any inclination for being a long, typical multi-multi reelected government "elite" hack politician. She definitely is NOT corruption of swamp "usual" material. That's for sure. Really she seems like military and doesn't seemed steeped or conducive to understanding an economics of depth to conservative principles of process and practice either. I could be wrong. But the book is dry and for some reason I can't put words to- rather "distant". This U.N. job and that entire "speak" is so two faced that I don't know how you could hold it- to be truthful. Let alone with small or half grown kids. Not just a woman, any human.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura Myers

    There’s no way she wrote this book. I don’t respect a person who is in the public eye to not own when they’ve clearly had assistance in writing their book. I found her trite and misguided. No thanks.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Josh Ehrich

    Excellent. Her observations on the Obama admin/foreign policy as well as characters in DC today are spot on. She will make a great president.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Drtaxsacto

    I read this for two reasons. First, because I have thought since her role in the Emanuel Church tragedy and her role in inventing a good solution to an emotional issue on the Confederate flag - that she is a very smart and principled politician. Second, I wanted to understand her background and her thinking. Like the last book I read by Andrew Yang, Haley presents are very clear picture of herself. When Haley was governor she almost immediately found herself immersed in a tragedy where an extremi I read this for two reasons. First, because I have thought since her role in the Emanuel Church tragedy and her role in inventing a good solution to an emotional issue on the Confederate flag - that she is a very smart and principled politician. Second, I wanted to understand her background and her thinking. Like the last book I read by Andrew Yang, Haley presents are very clear picture of herself. When Haley was governor she almost immediately found herself immersed in a tragedy where an extremist murdered 9 parishioners in an AME church in Charleston, she reacted proactively and with passionate concern. Within a short time she was also confronted with a controversy about whether it was appropriate to allow the Confederate battle flag to remain in place on the SC capitol grounds. She started with a unique sense of character and with a vision of how to engage the largest number of South Carolinians to come together. I was amused with some journalists on the left (Like Charles Blow) deliberately tried to repaint the history. In both cases(and they were related) Haley worked hard to achieve a just result - yet Blow and others almost instantaneously tried to discredit her work. Her description of her role is verified by other press reports at the time. What is also interesting in the book is her role as UN Ambassador. She was very different from the Obama UN Ambassador. In the role at the UN she clashed with people like Rex Tillerson and John Kelly. Haley's descriptions of the fights she chose to involve herself in are convincing to me that she maintained her personal integrity although many in the foreign policy establishment tried to undermine what she was trying to do. This is a very good book. She describes a clash she had with candidate Trump where she tweeted back to him the true mark of a Southern lady - "well, bless your heart". In that clash she confronted an opponent and neither shrank nor compromised her beliefs (she had supported Rubio in the primaries). She tells a story of the President that is at odds with many press accounts. IN the very beginning of the book she makes a distinction - pain is real but victimhood is a choice. Her parents immigrated from India to find a new life in the US she is a prime example of the deep benefit the country gains from a rational immigration policy. At the end of the book she does not give the reader a hint about her next move in politics. Based on the substance of this book - I hope she decides to run for something after an appropriate breather. She served with distinction and integrity as Governor and then in the very uncertain role of UN ambassador and her intelligence and integrity could be of great benefit to US politics.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Very interesting and vey well written. While I am a bit of a political junkie, I must say this book was really a joy to read. It is written in a concise matter of fact manner which makes it easy to read, comprehend and enjoy. Admittedly, that was not the feeling at the outset. The book is written in first person, by Nikki Haley, so naturally there is a lot of “I did this” and “I said that”. It originally rubbed me the wrong way with a little too much chest thumping. But, when you consider the sub Very interesting and vey well written. While I am a bit of a political junkie, I must say this book was really a joy to read. It is written in a concise matter of fact manner which makes it easy to read, comprehend and enjoy. Admittedly, that was not the feeling at the outset. The book is written in first person, by Nikki Haley, so naturally there is a lot of “I did this” and “I said that”. It originally rubbed me the wrong way with a little too much chest thumping. But, when you consider the subtitle “Defending America with Grit and Grace”, you realize that is exactly what she is doing in her story telling explanations..she is defending her actions. It gave a whole new perspective. I found myself then agreeing with her rationale, admiring her approach to problem solving and recognizing her values as in keeping with my own. She is a no nonsense type of person who researches and studies a situation that she may otherwise be unfamiliar with before commenting or providing opinions. As a Canadian, while I knew who she was and a little bit about her role in American politics, I was not familiar with her background nor her entire career. She has a unique perspective and a very balanced style to her diplomacy and political acuteness. The book is divided into chapters that highlight different events and decision making opportunities in her political career, both as Governor of South Carolina and as US ambassador to the United Nations. She gives deep insight into the issues she faced and the considerations she made to resolve these matters. She discloses her personal fortitude and community impact in weighing options. She is enthusiastic and ambitious, all in a positive way. Much of her commentary describes her interactions with other major players, usually politicians. She does not sugar coat her comments and is openly critical of those who disagree with American values. As a close member of Trump’s cabinet, she shines a rather positive light on her experiences with Mr. President. Perhaps that should be expected, from someone with higher and ongoing political aspirations, but she certainly validates all of her comments. She speaks, loudly, with both conviction and emotion, but always with heartfelt intent. This book provided me, as an outsider from another country, a new look at American politics.... one from an honest respected participant, not from the media or a disgraced or fallen contributor. Nikki Haley should be a political player to be watched. She would be an asset to any country’s political scene and should be welcomed onto any future stage as a shining star. Kudos to her, her career, her book, and her future. I will certainly be watching and paying attention!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dave C

    Concise and Readable If you are looking to read this book for gossip and details of some nonsense going on within the Trump administration, you will be disappointed. While the current news is full of one particular soundbite, that issue is relevant in this book within the larger scope of the authors time at the UN. If you are interested in learning more about the author and her efforts as ambassador to the United Nations, then this is the book for you. The first 1/3 provide some family backgroun Concise and Readable If you are looking to read this book for gossip and details of some nonsense going on within the Trump administration, you will be disappointed. While the current news is full of one particular soundbite, that issue is relevant in this book within the larger scope of the authors time at the UN. If you are interested in learning more about the author and her efforts as ambassador to the United Nations, then this is the book for you. The first 1/3 provide some family background and how she got to America and her time as a young girl. She reviews her time as governor and her role as the state executive responsible to manage several difficult situations during her tenure. There is a short section that takes the reader through the campaign and how she ended up as UN ambassador. The rest of the book takes you through her experiences as ambassador. Her travels, the way she learned how to deal with the realities of the UN, the lay of the land upon her arrival as a result of the previous administrations actions, or lack thereof and the specific steps she took during her tenure. While the writing can be a bit dry, it is factually based and provides great context for why she did the things she did during her stay. There are several places where her writing about experiences at refugee camps and dealing with specific individuals becomes much more personal as she details its impact on her actions. I read the book as I did not know that much about the author other than what was written in the newspapers. I learned a lot about what drove her to do the job she did as ambassador to the United Nations. She is an impressive woman and has strong core beliefs that have been key to her success. She also manages to tell the story in a concise manner rather than creating a bloated overwritten doorstop.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Jones

    Nikki Haley is not a politician that I agree with on the whole but I was interested to hear about her experience as an ambassador at the United Nations (UN). She is also rumoured to want to run for office in 2024 so I wanted to learn more about her experience and politics. Learning about Haley's experience as a woman in government and as an ambassador with no foreign policy experience was interesting. Listening to the horrific things she's seen across the world was difficult to get through but I Nikki Haley is not a politician that I agree with on the whole but I was interested to hear about her experience as an ambassador at the United Nations (UN). She is also rumoured to want to run for office in 2024 so I wanted to learn more about her experience and politics. Learning about Haley's experience as a woman in government and as an ambassador with no foreign policy experience was interesting. Listening to the horrific things she's seen across the world was difficult to get through but I learnt a lot. However, despite gaining a lot of knowledge about the UN through Haley's narrative, I felt that there was a lot of bias against Obama's administration and she obviously agreed with some of Trump's decisions on North Korea, for example. Her politics are completely different from mine but I was willing to listen. However, throughout this whole book, the author didn't mention the situation on the US's southern border. She spoke a lot about the human rights abuses of other countries, but this topic wasn't mentioned. Overall this omission felt like the book was written as a manifesto for her potential presidential run; Nikki Haley was great at judging previous administrations and other countries, but never had anything to say about similar issues in her own government. On the whole, I'm glad I listened to this. It dragged in points, made me angry in others, and sad throughout, but I learned a lot. If I was American, she isn't someone I could ever vote for politics wise, but I can understand how her grit and determination has helped the republican agenda. 3 out of 5 stars!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tim Lennon

    Three takeaways; I’m more convinced than ever that Haley should be our first female President. I’m also more convinced than ever we should leave the UN, or at least kick them the hell out of the US. It is a joke of an organization. I was never an Obama fan but I didn’t realize some of the truly disturbing things he did/allowed to happen. I guess that’s to be expected when you elect someone with absolutely zero executive experience to the highest office on the planet.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Bobin

    I bought this after I heard President Trump had recommended it. Now I am convinced he hadn't read it or gotten a good summary. While Haley does everything she can to paint a positive light on her time in the administration it is clear that she experienced the undermining of the President during her work. By the time I was 50 pages into the book I realized it was her attempt to position herself for future office. I started think of it as the "I" book. A quick glance through almost any page and yo I bought this after I heard President Trump had recommended it. Now I am convinced he hadn't read it or gotten a good summary. While Haley does everything she can to paint a positive light on her time in the administration it is clear that she experienced the undermining of the President during her work. By the time I was 50 pages into the book I realized it was her attempt to position herself for future office. I started think of it as the "I" book. A quick glance through almost any page and you see the word I repeated in almost every sentence. I saw no evidence she had any strong relationships with any other members of the administration while being highly critical of members of the cabinet with little detail. Probably the most interesting think I found was how much her descriptions of the chaos in the White House matched many other places I have read about it. While I found her description of the United Nations interesting and I agreed with many of the things she saw that need to change she also showed how little their approach they were able to make a difference.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Blair

    Wow! I highly recommend this audiobook! My respect for Nikki Haley has increased through the reading of this book. She has deep convictions of right and wrong. She has always stood for justice and the hurting, no matter what the cost to her personally. I appreciated her stories from being governor of South Carolina. And I greatly appreciated her stories from traveling the world as our ambassador. Her interactions at the United Nations, especially on the security council, were highly educational. I Wow! I highly recommend this audiobook! My respect for Nikki Haley has increased through the reading of this book. She has deep convictions of right and wrong. She has always stood for justice and the hurting, no matter what the cost to her personally. I appreciated her stories from being governor of South Carolina. And I greatly appreciated her stories from traveling the world as our ambassador. Her interactions at the United Nations, especially on the security council, were highly educational. I’m so thankful she shared! As narrator, Nikki Haley communicated her strength and confidence, as well as her emotions. Her struggles over murder, rape, starvation, and the abuses she witnessed while ambassador to the UN comes through loud and clear. Yet, she is hopeful and inspirational. Thank you for your authenticity!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    I don't particularly like Nikki Haley and I think her book helped solidify for me where we differ on our points of view on a variety of topics, not just political. The book itself was better written than many celebrity or political memoirs and that made things easier, but I frequently had to put it down and take a break from the propaganda. It felt like this was published (and very likely was) to later prove how she was not just another Trump-lackey while working as a member of his Cabinet and t I don't particularly like Nikki Haley and I think her book helped solidify for me where we differ on our points of view on a variety of topics, not just political. The book itself was better written than many celebrity or political memoirs and that made things easier, but I frequently had to put it down and take a break from the propaganda. It felt like this was published (and very likely was) to later prove how she was not just another Trump-lackey while working as a member of his Cabinet and therefore absolve her of any associated sins when she eventually reenters for her next campaign. But also to prove she's a friend of the current office and garner those votes as well. I'm glad I read it, because now I feel more certain in what matters to me in a politician and particularly a woman in office, and she may have some of those qualities, but for me, lacks so much more.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Great autobiography by a strong and principled leader. Haley tells details of her response after the church shooting in South Carolina, her experience as US ambassador to the UN, and her interactions with President Trump. A fascinating and quick read. “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.” Last words of the book: “Count your blessings. Love your family. And remember: Even on our worst days, we are blessed to live in America.”

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    I hope Nikki R. Haley runs for President some day! I’d vote for her in a heartbeat. 5 stars! What a wonderful and inspiring memoir! I hope Nikki R. Haley runs for President some day! I’d vote for her in a heartbeat. 5 stars! What a wonderful and inspiring memoir!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wendelle

    Hmm I only know of Nikki Haley as a peripheral character in Trump's folly's cast of characters, so I can't really speak to the gulf between her rhetoric in this book and her actual actions (possibly a big gulf), or her possible sins of omission with regards to issues she could be associated with that might dim her moral shine (like the omission of commenting on the Trump jails for children of illegal immigrants). I read this book because I wanted to know what it feels like to be a UN ambassador, Hmm I only know of Nikki Haley as a peripheral character in Trump's folly's cast of characters, so I can't really speak to the gulf between her rhetoric in this book and her actual actions (possibly a big gulf), or her possible sins of omission with regards to issues she could be associated with that might dim her moral shine (like the omission of commenting on the Trump jails for children of illegal immigrants). I read this book because I wanted to know what it feels like to be a UN ambassador, and to learn about the conservative perspective. All I can comment on is the content of this book, without context. So, I think this book is pretty obviously pre-campaign material. Interestingly, Nikki Haley's approach is to position herself as a centrist Republican, not an ideologue. She does this by emphasizing that her focus is on practical matters, that she participates in cross-party dialogue, and that she is independent of Trump but respectful or even sympathetic with the issues that aggravate his constituency, such as illegal immigration. She highlights her achievements in resolving potentially explosive issues, such as race. She has expansive sections in her book about launching working solutions that get her -- she claims-- in the crosshairs of her own party. These achievements include establishing mandatory police body cams statewide in South Carolina, stripping the Confederate Flag of official government endorsement or usage, and voting against UN resolutions that are unfalteringly prejudiced against Israel. To her credit, those achievements are pretty hard to get, or take some bravery. Her main way of attacking the Democratic party is to repeatedly say they use identity politics to 'demonize' with 'cheap political shots', and they 'condemn the other side as not just wrong, but evil.' This seems, hmmm, a bit questionable argument to sustain. While polarization and blockading in American politics has climbed to record highs, it's a bit of a cheap shot to lay it at the feet of Democrats. It's also a bit of an easy shot to claim along the lines of ' I alone am the politician rising above party politics to get solutions for the people'... Every politician wants to have that for their brand! It'll be interesting to see data-driven studies of which politicians or parties are to blame for demonization and polarization. Funnily enough, while Nikki Haley distances herself enough from Trump in this book to provide herself the leeway of 'excusable ignorance' in the future, she still stays well within the orbit of Trump's good side by cleaving to the old rationales of 'he gets things done' and 'he has an independent mind'... It's hard to forget she's still an unobjecting collaborator who is softening Trump's image even now. So, that part can't go away. Nevertheless, it's clear Nikki Haley is positioning herself to take up the mantle of the 'compassionate Republican' or the 'reasonable Republican' for the future. I guess in the end read this book if you are willing, but take the image Nikki Haley is projecting of herself or Trump (especially) or political competitors with a grain of salt, because they might contain biases both conscious and unconscious.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alan Tomkins-Raney

    One of the best books I've read this year. I normally don't read a book in less than two days, but I could not stop once I started it. Intelligence, honor, integrity, gratitude, and devotion to the Constitution and to America pervade these pages. After some brief biographical history, Haley describes her last year or so as governor of South Carolina, then devotes the majority of the book to her tenure as America's Ambassador to the United Nations. The last ten or fifteen pages seemed to me like One of the best books I've read this year. I normally don't read a book in less than two days, but I could not stop once I started it. Intelligence, honor, integrity, gratitude, and devotion to the Constitution and to America pervade these pages. After some brief biographical history, Haley describes her last year or so as governor of South Carolina, then devotes the majority of the book to her tenure as America's Ambassador to the United Nations. The last ten or fifteen pages seemed to me like a manifesto for a presidential run in 2024, rather than simply a conclusion to a masterfully written political memoir. I for one would very much like to see precisely that happen.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I joined a book club sponsored by the Independent Women's Forum. This was the inaugural read. I honestly didn't know much about Nikki Haley prior to reading this book. She wasn't really even on my radar until the "Bless Your Heart" tweet, which gives me great delight even now. This isn't a political book, in the sense that it's really about her personal experiences as governor of South Carolina, and as Ambassador to the UN. She talks about what it's like to have jobs where there is "no line for t I joined a book club sponsored by the Independent Women's Forum. This was the inaugural read. I honestly didn't know much about Nikki Haley prior to reading this book. She wasn't really even on my radar until the "Bless Your Heart" tweet, which gives me great delight even now. This isn't a political book, in the sense that it's really about her personal experiences as governor of South Carolina, and as Ambassador to the UN. She talks about what it's like to have jobs where there is "no line for the ladies room," and how to gracefully assert herself in a room full of men. She wrote a very emotional chapter about the 2015 church shooting. She talked about meeting refugee women in places like Syria and the Sudan. She talks about her parents and their experience as immigrants from India. She talks about what they taught her that helped her meet extraordinary challenges. Also, I learned a lot about how the UN works. It's a great read. Even more fun, Ambassador Haley joined the book club meeting for about half an hour today. She answered questions, told us that she hasn't put on makeup for weeks, and talked with us about how to push through the fear and be who we want to be. She shared a great story about her first committee meeting as a SC state legislator (don't quote me on the meeting, I might have that wrong). They sat down for the meeting, and one of the men in the room asked her to get coffee for the committee chair. She said "I'd be happy to." She leaned forward to the phone on the table, called her assistant and politely asked her to get coffee for the committee chair. They never asked her to get coffee again. The woman is bona fide.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I chose to read this book as a fulfillment of a book club. I assumed I would drag myself through it, grumbling all the way, wishing I could be reading something else. I was so wrong. From the prologue I was hooked. I was so impressed with her honesty regarding America, both about our greatness and our faults. I am so much more educated now about the United Nations. ( That's an eye opener) I definitely recommend it for every American citizen. You need this information. I chose to read this book as a fulfillment of a book club. I assumed I would drag myself through it, grumbling all the way, wishing I could be reading something else. I was so wrong. From the prologue I was hooked. I was so impressed with her honesty regarding America, both about our greatness and our faults. I am so much more educated now about the United Nations. ( That's an eye opener) I definitely recommend it for every American citizen. You need this information.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Knipp

    Excellent reading and insight! Read it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lana Superchi

    I loved this book! What Nikki has overcome is remarkable as well as the level of her success. I found her perspective very interesting and eye opening on many levels. I agree with her on this, “America is living through a time when our politics, media, and popular culture are exaggerating our differences, and weaponizing them. People talk about diversity more than ever, but too many of us are becoming intolerant in the name of tolerance. Instead of trying to understand those who disagree with us I loved this book! What Nikki has overcome is remarkable as well as the level of her success. I found her perspective very interesting and eye opening on many levels. I agree with her on this, “America is living through a time when our politics, media, and popular culture are exaggerating our differences, and weaponizing them. People talk about diversity more than ever, but too many of us are becoming intolerant in the name of tolerance. Instead of trying to understand those who disagree with us, we tend to write them off as not even fit to have a conversation with. Instead of focusing on the things that bring us together, too many Americans obsess about the things that separate us. We have to resist the forces that are pulling us apart, whether they are coming from the left or the right. Because it is our values—our belief that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness come to us from God, not government—that tie us together as Americans. It is in countries where these values are absent that tribalism and hatred flourish. We can never fail to make this case.”

  27. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    First, Nikki Haley is an amazing women. I have had the pleasure of hearing her speak several times. There are two types of reviewers for this book. The Trump haters and the I am less concerned with Trump. For the first group, there is not much this book could have done to please them. In fact the question is did they really read the book or just gloss over it and then run to bash the book. She must have drunk the kool-aid as many have written. She had the audacity to agree with the President on First, Nikki Haley is an amazing women. I have had the pleasure of hearing her speak several times. There are two types of reviewers for this book. The Trump haters and the I am less concerned with Trump. For the first group, there is not much this book could have done to please them. In fact the question is did they really read the book or just gloss over it and then run to bash the book. She must have drunk the kool-aid as many have written. She had the audacity to agree with the President on a number of issues. After spending time with him, she found not be the terrible person the liberal press and politician have lectured us. How could she not hate him as much as they do? To be clear, I did not vote for the President and have substantial problems with him as a person. I read this book to learn more about Nikki Haley and that I did. I learned that she is a thoughtful person of character. I learned that she goes beyond the superficial to understand the facts. I learned that she does not take no for answer when she believes more information is required. I was impressed how at the United Nations she moved past the "we've always done it this way" to take positions that align with the United States' values. Mrs. Haley is a conservative and as such many of her positions do align with the President's. When the President did things she did not agree with such as his statements about Charleston VA church shootings, she went directly to him. You will learn why she supported the President in his opposition to stances the Obama administration took at the UN. She explains her positions clearly. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about an amazing woman who hopefully will come back to public service in the future. She is a role model not only for women but men as well.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shanae

    "With all due respect, I don't get confused." This was a great book from a woman who deserves a lot of admiration that is sadly lost. I learned a lot about her and her time in the UN. I appreciate her tackling the issues of race, the confederate flag and other controversies first- and acknowledging that these things are both real and needed to be dealt with (and did it... with grit and grace). But, I'll let her tell you the rest in her own words below: "One of the great misconceptions of our ti "With all due respect, I don't get confused." This was a great book from a woman who deserves a lot of admiration that is sadly lost. I learned a lot about her and her time in the UN. I appreciate her tackling the issues of race, the confederate flag and other controversies first- and acknowledging that these things are both real and needed to be dealt with (and did it... with grit and grace). But, I'll let her tell you the rest in her own words below: "One of the great misconceptions of our time is that a strong, confident America is somehow at odds with the protection of human rights abroad. I reject this notion. I didn't believe it before I cam to the UN, and after two years battling with some of the world's most evil regimes, I'm more convinced than ever that American leadership is necessary for a more peaceful and just world." "I went to countries where life is cheap, liberty is nonexistent, and happiness is a distant dream." "...when you've met Chinese ethnic minorities whose relatives are in 're-education" camps because they are not allowed to give their children traditional names or speak their language or practice their religion, it's hard to get emotional about politically incorrect speech. And when you've had a refugee woman tell you about watching soldiers throw her baby into a fire, it's hard to get too exercised about what party someone belongs to." "My story is an American story. It couldn't have been written anywhere else. Yes, we were outsiders when I was growing up. But that's not unusual. People who are different are outsiders everywhere in the world. America is different because our community came to accept us. Our country gave us the opportunity to strive and succeed. It gave my dad the opportunity to teach at a college. It gave my mom the opportunity to open a business. And it gave me the opportunity to become governor and the UN ambassador. That's America." "I focused on finding similarities with other children and avoiding the things that separated us." "Be kinder than necessary." (Cynthia Hurd- victim of Charleston shooting). "The Confederate flag changed all that. A flag is unlike other symbols. Monuments represent a point in time. They are unmoving. A flag waves. It represents something living and breathing about a place and a people." (Argument for removing the flag from State Capitol). "A broken system in which children are placed at risk in order to serve as guaranteed admission tickets to the United States also contributes to the crisis. As long as immigrants outside of our country know there are ways to circumvent and take advantage of the system, many will do it." "In many parts of society today, whether in popular culture, academia, the media, or politics, there is a tendency to falsely equate noise with results. Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That's just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume. When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying. And that can make a world of difference." "He called them the 'forgotten Americans.' Most of the media and the political elite thought Trump couldn't win because they don't know any forgotten Americans." (On how Trump won). "I was direct. I had a point and I got to it quickly. It's one of the most important leadership lessons I've learned: Don't talk for the sake fo talking. When you say something, make it matter. if you agree with something, offer ways to make it happen. If you disagree, say so. But always have a plan to find a solution." "The United States was back We would give diplomacy every chance to work, as we had multiple times with Russia and Assad But in the end, we would defend our interests. And we would enforce our red lines." "Put yourself in your adversary's shoes. Understand what he wants and use that to guide your negotiation." "When it comes to receiving generous U.S. assistance and returning the favor with hostile rhetoric and even more hostile actions toward the United States, the Palestinians stand out. we have done more than any other country to assist the Palestinian people. buy far. since 1994 the United States has given the Palestinians over $5 billion in assistance." "When a challenge presents itself, instead of stepping backward, I jump When I feel the fear in my gut, I push through it And when you do what you fear most and you succeed, something amazing happens Your confidence, your strength, and your abilities grow beyond what you ever thought possible. You can justifiably feel proud of yourself. Most important, you are able to tell those combining up behind you that they can jump, too." "But if there is one thing I know, it's that if you don't stand up when your name and your integrity are on the line, no one else will." "There have never been any lines to the ladies' room in any of the jobs I've had. But that never mattered. What I cared about was making sure that if I Brooke a barrier, no one else would have to do it again. Women are cautious about politics, for good reason. it is not a pretty business. It's often hateful." "Now the most prominent people in the music industry were promoting a book that had spread salacious rumors about me, and the most prominent Democratic woman in America was joining them. Where were the feminists? "Human Rights Council had become an organization that countries joined not to promote human rights, but to shield themselves from criticism of their own human rights abuses." "My view was, and is, if your position is right, you should not be ashamed of it. You should be proud to stand alone with it if you must." "Some people wondered why I stood up for Israel so strongly at the UN. The truth is, as much as I admire Israel, I would have stood up for Japan, Australia, Canada, or Great Britain just as much if they needed it I stood up for Israel because it is a great ally of the United States and because it gets treated so badly at the UN. Being America's friend has to mean something. I has to mean we stand up for our friends; and along with that, we expect our friends to stand up for us." "Year in and year out, the United States contributes at least 20 percent of the funding for the UN system. US taxpayers in places like Oklahoma, Idaho, and Minnesota provide at least 25 percent of the $7 billion budget for UN peacekeeping operations thousands of miles away in Kinshasa, Juba, Pristina, Kosovo, and elsewhere. The American people contribute more than 35 percent of the funding for the world's largest multilateral humanitarian organization, the World Food Program. We contribute 13 percent of the funding that allows UNICEF to help children worldwide. US taxpayers should 42 percent of the burden of paying for the work of the UN Refugee Agency. Don't let anyone tell you America isn't generous in our support of suffering people around the world. It's a false and ungrateful statement. For decades, right up through today America remains by far the most generous country in the world." "This is an interesting theoretical debate to have, but when you've seen the real-world effects of socialism- even initially well-intentioned socialism- the idea that we would adopt this system in the United States is unfathomable." "We have an obligation to tell them (today's youth) that if you care about global poverty if you care about childhood disease, literacy, even the environment, you should support capitalism. In the last twenty-five years, over a billion people have raised themselves out of extreme poverty. The World Bank reports that the global poverty rate is at its lowest point in recorded history. That is not the result of socialism. it's because of capitalism." "Bt as the debate went on, it became clear that we couldn't change the outcome. instead of focusing on the real issues that drive migration- like armed conflict, human rights violation, corruption, and bad economic policy- the document that was emerging focused on issues like climate change. Give me a break. Millions of people didn't flee Syria because of climate change. They fled because of chemical bombs were being dropped on their homes by a war-criminal dictator who was clinging to power. Most important, the compact advocated that migration and refugee policy be governed by international law rather than individual countries." 'These days it seems like we're going through growing pains. We judge too quickly. We don't' understand our brothers and sisters. Too often we don't even try. Americans are passionate. We say what we think and we are strong-willed. That will always be one of our strengths. But at some point, we need to take a breath. WE need to remind each other that we have more in common than we have differences. We need to look at the person who disagrees with us and not see that person as evil but as someone who is a mother, a daughter, a wife, a friend, a professional and an American."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Gormley

    Focused on her time as US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley explains her mentality and decisions in negotiating dilemmas in Russia, China, Syria, Iran, and South Sudan. She is a proud defender of the US and its constitutional values, while she is also humble and wise. She describes times disagreeing with the President while also carrying out his wishes because he was elected by the people in our democratic system. In this way, the book would be a good choice for anyone who works in politics, par Focused on her time as US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley explains her mentality and decisions in negotiating dilemmas in Russia, China, Syria, Iran, and South Sudan. She is a proud defender of the US and its constitutional values, while she is also humble and wise. She describes times disagreeing with the President while also carrying out his wishes because he was elected by the people in our democratic system. In this way, the book would be a good choice for anyone who works in politics, particularly those who are young and could learn the proper mentality to disagree respectfully behind closed doors but then work together in public for the accepted strategic vision.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristal Kraft

    Nikki Haley is a strong, thoughtful leader who has a warm feminine voice that is both pleasing and diplomatic. This book gives insight into the backstory of recent events. The only thing wrong with the book is it isn't long enough! I dare say Nikki will be back in public service at some time. I hope soon. Nikki Haley is a strong, thoughtful leader who has a warm feminine voice that is both pleasing and diplomatic. This book gives insight into the backstory of recent events. The only thing wrong with the book is it isn't long enough! I dare say Nikki will be back in public service at some time. I hope soon.

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