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The former National Security Council staffer who testified against President Trump during his impeachment proceedings early this year is planning to publish a memoir detailing his experience.


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The former National Security Council staffer who testified against President Trump during his impeachment proceedings early this year is planning to publish a memoir detailing his experience.

30 review for Here, Right Matters: An American Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Donald Powell

    This memoir is well written, concise, relevant and important. This young man honors truth, duty and integrity in the face of onerous circumstances. He is an American hero. The tragedy is he had to be a hero when dozens of other people should have stepped up before, during and after he was forced into his crucible. The book is a reliable memorandum of events of great historical importance. He is a strong and principled person whose hard work has earned a great education and life experiences he cher This memoir is well written, concise, relevant and important. This young man honors truth, duty and integrity in the face of onerous circumstances. He is an American hero. The tragedy is he had to be a hero when dozens of other people should have stepped up before, during and after he was forced into his crucible. The book is a reliable memorandum of events of great historical importance. He is a strong and principled person whose hard work has earned a great education and life experiences he cherishes. I predict we will not see the end of Alexander Vindman.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paula Jean

    True American Hero I read this book in record time. I couldn’t put the book down. I hope and pray we have learned and continue to learn what a true hero looks like. Alexander Vindman is a true hero.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    The United States is a country of immigrants. Except for Native Americans, all Americans have ancestors who came here from elsewhere - whether it was generations ago, or more recently. Alexander Vindman’s immigrant experience is fairly recent. Perhaps that is why he truly appreciates all the opportunities that are available to U.S. citizens - opportunities that most of us take for granted. In this honest and heartfelt autobiography, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman tells his family’s story. The United States is a country of immigrants. Except for Native Americans, all Americans have ancestors who came here from elsewhere - whether it was generations ago, or more recently. Alexander Vindman’s immigrant experience is fairly recent. Perhaps that is why he truly appreciates all the opportunities that are available to U.S. citizens - opportunities that most of us take for granted. In this honest and heartfelt autobiography, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman tells his family’s story. It is one of family values, respect, hard work, determination, and courage. After a period of uncertainty, Alexander enlisted in the army with a goal of making military service his career. As his career expanded, he was offered a position on the National Security Agency staff as an expert on Eastern Europe and Russia. In this capacity, he was one of a group of staff members who listened in on a phone call in July of 2019 that then President Trump was placing to newly elected President Zelensky of Ukraine. During this phone call, the staff in the room heard a highly unusual, disturbing and inappropriate request made by the President. This incident was so concerning that Lt. Colonel Vindman felt duty bound to report it up the chain of command. This act of courage and truthfulness would incur the wrath, vindictiveness, and retribution of the President and those who followed his dictates. The people who knew what was said in the phone call were either too cowardly or too focused on their own careers to stand up for the United States’ leadership in international diplomacy and their oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. This is a riveting book which sheds light on the inner workings of the United States government. It is a testament to the courage of a man who chose to stand up and speak out because, as Lt. Colonel Vindman so eloquently stated, “Here, Right Matters”.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mlg

    This book shames both the liars of the previous administration and the brass of the Army, who basically deserted this man for telling the truth. The expertise lost in the previous administration was appalling. The fact that he was unable to receive the Defense Senior Service Medal, something that he was entitled to, but the WH wouldn’t sign off on it, shows what petty, duplicitous men inhabited the last administration and what a shameful job the Republicans did in enabling the past president. Ye This book shames both the liars of the previous administration and the brass of the Army, who basically deserted this man for telling the truth. The expertise lost in the previous administration was appalling. The fact that he was unable to receive the Defense Senior Service Medal, something that he was entitled to, but the WH wouldn’t sign off on it, shows what petty, duplicitous men inhabited the last administration and what a shameful job the Republicans did in enabling the past president. Yes, “here, right matters”, but that so many institutions and individuals showed no character in the persecution of this man, is shameful. We are not the country we think we are, and we have a long way to go to become decent again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda Galella

    Starts with a bang in the midst of the phone call everyone wants to hear about. The next 6 chapters take a BIG step backwards… Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has a factual writing style. It’s easy to read, free from pretentiousness and kind of refreshing in a sea of self aggrandizing publications of late. He doesn’t try to be anything other than who he is - a soldier serving his country and upholding his sworn duty, whatever the cost. There isn’t any humor, lightheartedness or sarcasm; just facts and Starts with a bang in the midst of the phone call everyone wants to hear about. The next 6 chapters take a BIG step backwards… Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has a factual writing style. It’s easy to read, free from pretentiousness and kind of refreshing in a sea of self aggrandizing publications of late. He doesn’t try to be anything other than who he is - a soldier serving his country and upholding his sworn duty, whatever the cost. There isn’t any humor, lightheartedness or sarcasm; just facts and duty, as he sees it. That’s the character of the first part while he’s telling family history from Russia and Ukraine, his childhood, schooling, early military, marriage and foray into national service via the army eventually being assigned to the National Security Counsel. Once Vindman reports the infamous phone call between Trump and Zelensky and begins the process of navigating his way thru the political labyrinth of D. C., there’s another voice being heard. Snippets of sound bites and snarky passages are nothing like what is written early on. There’s not a lot of it, but enough to be annoying. Vindman speaks candidly about the whistleblower; no spoilers here, read the book. His life and those of his family members have been forever altered because of this experience. He’s gone back to school, sought new employment and found a passion for inspirational writing, which is how he closes the book. The Lt. Col. shares 6 lessons/guidelines he learned thru the experience. You can read them in the Epilogue but some you’ll have heard already. If nothing else, Vindman is changed and he’s telling everyone about it📚

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anntonette

    A heroic tale from a man who truly loves this country, as proven by his honesty, courage, and sacrifice. Recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    This man is an American hero. Sometimes doing the right thing gets you punished. He stayed true to his oath to defend our country, and should have been rewarded. Eye-opening story. Couldn't put it down! I love the double entendre of the title! If you read this book and still support the party of Donald Trump, you are not "right". This man is an American hero. Sometimes doing the right thing gets you punished. He stayed true to his oath to defend our country, and should have been rewarded. Eye-opening story. Couldn't put it down! I love the double entendre of the title! If you read this book and still support the party of Donald Trump, you are not "right".

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    I salute you sir. Your guidance would be well advised to all members of our Congress. Too many members don't understand service for love of our Constitution. As a fellow retired officer I extend my hand in thanks for your outstanding service. I salute you sir. Your guidance would be well advised to all members of our Congress. Too many members don't understand service for love of our Constitution. As a fellow retired officer I extend my hand in thanks for your outstanding service.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Interesting story that I really appreciated because Vindman did what was right with little regard what it meant to him and his family. The writing I felt was a little rough. At times I found it hard to follow, but he did get into what he knew well - the expectations of the military and the politics involved in Washington.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dale

    Lt. Col. Vindman taught all of us what it means to be Real American, one who loves his/her country, and is willing to sacrifice so much in pursuit of the truth. He represents the best this country has to offer. It just makes me sick that his superior officers didn't have the guts to stand up to Trump, push for Lt. Col. Vindman's promotion to full Colonel, and didn't have his back when it was needed. But, in the end, he emerged stronger and more empowered to go to bigger and better things, always Lt. Col. Vindman taught all of us what it means to be Real American, one who loves his/her country, and is willing to sacrifice so much in pursuit of the truth. He represents the best this country has to offer. It just makes me sick that his superior officers didn't have the guts to stand up to Trump, push for Lt. Col. Vindman's promotion to full Colonel, and didn't have his back when it was needed. But, in the end, he emerged stronger and more empowered to go to bigger and better things, always doing what's best for America.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cyndy

    I couldn't put this down. What a family story! Truly the American Dream. What he faced at the end of his exemplary military career is heartbreaking. Highly recommend! I couldn't put this down. What a family story! Truly the American Dream. What he faced at the end of his exemplary military career is heartbreaking. Highly recommend!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marks54

    I normally do not read and review current memoirs around the latest political controversy. That is because I have likely been following the details on various media and so a book would be redundant. There is also the problem of self-justification and immediacy clouding the perspective necessary to write a good account of a complex political situation. Mark Twain was generally right about the difficulties of autobiographies. I made an exception for Vindman’s book. He was not your typical political I normally do not read and review current memoirs around the latest political controversy. That is because I have likely been following the details on various media and so a book would be redundant. There is also the problem of self-justification and immediacy clouding the perspective necessary to write a good account of a complex political situation. Mark Twain was generally right about the difficulties of autobiographies. I made an exception for Vindman’s book. He was not your typical political hack trying to score off his last job before crashing in a catastrophe. Just read his book and that is apparent. Vindman’s story is more that of someone who found himself thrust into an ethical dilemma in which the safe options were not (and went against) the ethical choices. Many if not most of us do not find ourselves in a situation where the “right” course does not align with self-interest and is downright costly. The interesting question about such situations is what would we do? Would we do what is right? …or would be play it safe and not do what is right? … or perhaps we would do something wrong when faced with the situation. Alexander Vindman faced such a situation over the Presidential phone call with the Ukrainian president and decided to do the right thing. The rest, as they say, is history. The first half of the book is his personal story, which I knew a little bit about. He uses it to set up his choices about becoming a whistle blower and testifying before Congress. The story generally works although you have to wonder a bit how he did not see more of what was headed his way. The remainder of the story discusses the testimony and its aftermath. It reads like a personal train wreck in slow motion but it was not surprising. If anything else had happened it would have been much less believable. He puts a personal development and character story, aided by a supportive family, on this and it generally rings true. The book is well developed and reads easily. The account is believable. Vindman’s story is not over yet and I have no doubt we will hear more from him. …at least I hope so. “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” is well worth reading.

  13. 4 out of 5

    April

    Great book! Well written, engaging, and informative, with a very interesting immigrant story. Vindman describes how the lives, dreams, and support from his ancestors and current family, along with lessons from his childhood and long military career combined to lead to a single key ethical choice in his life and in the history of the United States. He also writes about what it's like when you think your life is well planned to go one way but you get caught up in events largely beyond your control Great book! Well written, engaging, and informative, with a very interesting immigrant story. Vindman describes how the lives, dreams, and support from his ancestors and current family, along with lessons from his childhood and long military career combined to lead to a single key ethical choice in his life and in the history of the United States. He also writes about what it's like when you think your life is well planned to go one way but you get caught up in events largely beyond your control that force you to embody your values in a way few of us are challenged to do, changing your life forever. Vindman writes that he wants to be someone his daughter can be proud of. As Kipling said, " If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools....", you will have succeeded. I think Vindman's done that, both with his book and with his life.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie E.

    Brilliant. Once read this quote somewhere: “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” Lt. Col. Vindman’s story is remarkable and gives hope that there are still good and brave people with a strong moral compass who will do the right thing. Courage and honor lifts us all up.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Norris

    Excellent accounting of Vindman’s life and career in the military & foreign service. Inside accounts of his experience telling the truth about Trump’s attempt to undermine our constitution by leveraging Ukraine to help with his election. Very focused, inspiring and, in the end, hopeful!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sandi Banks

    Alexander Vindman was satisfied with his career in the military. He felt fortunate that at his high level assignment at the National Security Council he could make a contribution to his country. Vindman is this memoir relates his life story in way that gives the reader a perspective about his growth and commitment to his family and country. His moral compass is tested when he witnesses the conversation between President Trump and the President of the Ukraine. This is book by a resilient patriot.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Hammons

    A touching book which gave a personal view of the life of a family of refugees from the Soviet Union and an interesting window into his experiences climbing the professional ladder in the U.S. military. It was interesting to read about his inside involvement in Washington and how he ended up testifying before Congress. He seems to be an optimistic, good-hearted person with a constant faith in the American system.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Kelley

    One of the best memoirs I have read. I like so many others found myself glued to the television watching this testimony. At the time all I could think was what a hero. I was so proud to have such an upstanding young man sitting there representing our military, doing the right thing in the face of such bad behavior by the commander-in-chief and the Republicans who supported him. Knowing the type of person in the White House, anyone could foresee what would be coming his way. What I did not forese One of the best memoirs I have read. I like so many others found myself glued to the television watching this testimony. At the time all I could think was what a hero. I was so proud to have such an upstanding young man sitting there representing our military, doing the right thing in the face of such bad behavior by the commander-in-chief and the Republicans who supported him. Knowing the type of person in the White House, anyone could foresee what would be coming his way. What I did not foresee was that the Army specifically and the entire military community in general, would not stand up and defend one of their own who had behaved so admirably. This book was riveting, explaining the day-to-day of what he went through. I enjoyed the background explaining how he became the man he is. He is such a young man, so principled, intelligent, exemplifies "Here, Right Matters." I feel he still has a lot to offer and hopefully we have not seen the last of Col. Vindman.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Natalie T.

    Straightforward, inspiring account of Lt. Col. Vindman's life, with particular focus on the events that brought him into the public eye. Written in plain language with no pussyfooting around, and he's blunt about what he considers his own mistakes or misreadings of situations--he's not out to glorify himself, but simply to explain what happened and why he made difficult choices. How refreshing to read a book by someone with a true moral compass, rather than a million excuses for not doing the ri Straightforward, inspiring account of Lt. Col. Vindman's life, with particular focus on the events that brought him into the public eye. Written in plain language with no pussyfooting around, and he's blunt about what he considers his own mistakes or misreadings of situations--he's not out to glorify himself, but simply to explain what happened and why he made difficult choices. How refreshing to read a book by someone with a true moral compass, rather than a million excuses for not doing the right thing. Vindman also readily shares credit with others who helped him, particularly his remarkable wife, Rachel. Their love story adds a lot of (unexpected) charm to the book. A good book to share with teens, if you have any in your household. Vindman has a lot to offer as a role model; I particularly admire his advice for what to do when your plans for your future suddenly go up in smoke.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Budd Margolis

    I am impressed with the devotion of service and creed, the discipline and commitment which today is extraordinary when surrounded by sycophants and divisionists. Alexander Vindman is intelligent and a brave soldier who defended his country with honour and compassion in defence of our constitution, rights & privileges. Alexander Vindman stepped up when he was needed and for those who perform, under enormous pressure and personal sacrifice, and do what is right despite the consequences? They shoul I am impressed with the devotion of service and creed, the discipline and commitment which today is extraordinary when surrounded by sycophants and divisionists. Alexander Vindman is intelligent and a brave soldier who defended his country with honour and compassion in defence of our constitution, rights & privileges. Alexander Vindman stepped up when he was needed and for those who perform, under enormous pressure and personal sacrifice, and do what is right despite the consequences? They should be our societies role models and be rewarded as heroes. You are taken through an extraordinary life and career with all his mistakes and success and doubts as well as lessons. You see the maturity over years and the development of strategy he commanded. Most interesting to me was the explanation of how strategic decisions are made and how the system of military and government work. Much more interesting and enjoyable than expected. Thank you for your service RET lieutenant colonel Vindman.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gary Martin

    An insider's view of history as it was being made. In some ways, this reminds me of Tolkien. It reiterates the theme that the course of history may be changed by the deeds of ordinary people swept up in events beyond their control, as is seen in the Lord of the Rings. Col. Vindman was the right man, in the right place, at the right time, and did the right thing. Because of him it may turn out that this nation can turn back from path of corruption, decay, and ultimately decline, upon which Donald An insider's view of history as it was being made. In some ways, this reminds me of Tolkien. It reiterates the theme that the course of history may be changed by the deeds of ordinary people swept up in events beyond their control, as is seen in the Lord of the Rings. Col. Vindman was the right man, in the right place, at the right time, and did the right thing. Because of him it may turn out that this nation can turn back from path of corruption, decay, and ultimately decline, upon which Donald J. Trump would lead it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Riveting Account of a Dark Part of American History All Americans should read this book. Easy to understand and follow the story. Would read it again! Thank you Alexander Vindman for your sacrifice.

  23. 5 out of 5

    George Briggs

    An American Patriot Sadly when some value loyalty over a sacred oath to the Constitution, the story of Col. Alexander Vindman is a profile in courage . Risking promotion, his Army career, and retalidation from a twice- impeached president, Col. Vindman chose to report what he heard on that infamous July 25 phone call.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbaraleah

    I am not sure what I expected from this book. Quite frankly, I bought it to support Lt. Col. Vindman because he spoke up when speaking up was hard, dangerous even. What I didn't expect was that it would be so interesting. I read it in a day and found it thought-provoking and inspiring, even. I am not sure what I expected from this book. Quite frankly, I bought it to support Lt. Col. Vindman because he spoke up when speaking up was hard, dangerous even. What I didn't expect was that it would be so interesting. I read it in a day and found it thought-provoking and inspiring, even.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Reed

    An example for me. Inspirational read. Worth my time. Well written. Courage profiled. A book that incourages me to standup and be counted. Needed now at this time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Connie Sandlin

    A Patriot's True Story I bought this book to support the unfairly treated author, but it's so much more, now that I have read it. Lt. Col. Vindman has important lessons for Americans in his example of staunchly adhering to truth, duty, and honor in the face of personal attacks and professional undermining. Don't self-deter. Keep starting over. Be aware of the presence of abnormal and the absence of normal. A Patriot's True Story I bought this book to support the unfairly treated author, but it's so much more, now that I have read it. Lt. Col. Vindman has important lessons for Americans in his example of staunchly adhering to truth, duty, and honor in the face of personal attacks and professional undermining. Don't self-deter. Keep starting over. Be aware of the presence of abnormal and the absence of normal.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy Zupancic

    I don't generally read memoirs/autobiographies of people who are "in the news." I find them to be repetitive (since I keep up with current events very closely) and tedious. I made an exception for Lt. Colonel Vindman's book, and I'm so glad I did. He deserves to tell his story, and it's a story that everyone could learn from...although sadly, there's a large portion of our U.S. population who wouldn't read this book if you paid them to do so. I admire the choices Lt. Colonel Vindman has made, an I don't generally read memoirs/autobiographies of people who are "in the news." I find them to be repetitive (since I keep up with current events very closely) and tedious. I made an exception for Lt. Colonel Vindman's book, and I'm so glad I did. He deserves to tell his story, and it's a story that everyone could learn from...although sadly, there's a large portion of our U.S. population who wouldn't read this book if you paid them to do so. I admire the choices Lt. Colonel Vindman has made, and the opportunity to learn more about his life and to hear from him directly about the life-changing experiences he went through during the Trump administration is a "can't miss" one. I listened to the audiobook, which he narrates, and I'm so glad I chose that format instead of reading the hardcover book. Highly recommended.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chris Seals

    I loved this book. It makes me ashamed to be an American....how ALexander Vindman was treated after he told the truth. How he did everything through the proper chain of command, when his own dispicable boss didn't do the right thing. I watched his gripping testimony and it was so interesting to read what his thoughts were at that time. Sadly, we all had to live through four years of Trump. I loved this book. It makes me ashamed to be an American....how ALexander Vindman was treated after he told the truth. How he did everything through the proper chain of command, when his own dispicable boss didn't do the right thing. I watched his gripping testimony and it was so interesting to read what his thoughts were at that time. Sadly, we all had to live through four years of Trump.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rob Lund

    Colonel Vindman's story is a remarkable example of dedicated courage and honor. How the Right convinced itself that Trump's attack of a decorated soldier was the right thing to do will always be beyond me. And to hear how firmly anti-Trump Vindman became is very telling. I appreciated the detailed account of the Zelensky affair that spawned the first impeachment. Colonel Vindman's story is a remarkable example of dedicated courage and honor. How the Right convinced itself that Trump's attack of a decorated soldier was the right thing to do will always be beyond me. And to hear how firmly anti-Trump Vindman became is very telling. I appreciated the detailed account of the Zelensky affair that spawned the first impeachment.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Good memoir of Alexander S Vindman who had a career in the army as a Ukrainian translator and overheard something untoward Trump wanted the Ukrainian president to do in order to receive money Congress had designated to his country. He reported it and testified at Trump’s impeachment trial.

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