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ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Series

For more than 225 years extraordinary men and women have represented the United States abroad under all kinds of circumstances. What they did and how and why they did it are not well known to their compatriots. In 1996 the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) and Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR) created a book series to increase public knowledge and appreciation of the involvement of American diplomats in the events of world history. The series seeks to demystify diplomacy by telling the story of those who have conducted our foreign relations, as they saw them and lived them.

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CLICK HERE for more info! Abroad for Her Country,
by Jean Wilkowski

"This is a wonderful memoir. I could not put it down. Ambassador Wilkowski writes with wit, candor, and great insight into the ways in which diplomacy is carried out, including the personal aspects that are so relevant but rarely disclosed." Ambassador Princeton Lyman, Council on Foreign Relations

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $30.00, Members' price $27.00

 


CLICK HERE for more info! The Anguish of Surrender: Japanese POWs of World War II,
by Ulrich Straus

"The Anguish of Surrender is an engrossing story told with sensitivity by one who has deep experience in Japan and who writes with clarity and empathy." Michael Armacost, former ambassador to Japan

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $27.50, Members' price $24.95;

Softcover: Nonmembers' price $24.00, Members' price $22.00

 


CLICK HERE for more info!The Architecture of Diplomacy: Building America's Embassies,
by Jane C. Loeffler

"What do we, as a nation, mean to say to the world? Jane C. Loeffler shrewdly looks for answers in a crucial yet neglected place: the architecture of America's embassies. From the petty jealousies on Capitol Hill to the fine points of modernist design, Loeffler's effortlessly erudite and highly readable account explains how our government has triedwith mixed successto represent us abroad in steel and stone." Howard Fineman, Chief Political Correspondent, Newsweek, and ABC News Analyst

Revised 2nd edition, January 2011


CLICK HERE for more info! Bangladesh and Pakistan: Flirting with Failure in South Asia,
by William B. Milam

"Understanding the dymanics and complexities of South Asia is more important now than ever before. Bill Milam provides the essential historical background of Pakistan and Bangladesh with an insider's perspective and firsthand knowledge that only a seasoned and gifted diplomat can provide." Lee H. Hamilton, President, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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Behind Embassy Walls: The Life And Times of an American Diplomat
by Brandon Grove

“Ambassador Grove… makes it starkly, sometimes startlingly, clear that America’s statecraft is carried out by living, breathing people, with feelings. This senior American diplomat, one of the great ones of his time, makes it clear that the character of the people who conduct U.S. foreign relations crosscuts— sometimes dramatically—with the flow of critical issues and events.” Daniel Simpson, Associate Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Born a Foreigner: A Memoir of the American Presence in Asia,
by Charles T. Cross

“As a missionary’s son in China, a soldier in the Pacific war, and a career diplomat, Chuck Cross was an eyewitness to America’s fateful encounters in Asia across five decades.  His memoir is history at close-up range, full of revealing, well-observed details. Diplomats are schooled to take the world as it is, and these are a professional’s recollections. . . .  Yet no one who reads them will fail to sense Cross’s own solid values or his sympathy and respect for the ordinary Chinese and other Asians whom he lived among during the turbulent and often tragic events recounted in this book.” Arnold R. Isaacs, author of Vietnam Shadows: The War, Its Ghosts, and Its Legacy

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $69.00, Members' price $30.00 (supply limited at $30.00)

Softcover: Nonmembers' price $24.95, Members' price $20.00


CLICK HERE for more info! A Brief History of United States Diplomacy, by ADST

"A Brief History of United States Diplomacy is splendid, full of just the kind of portraiture and basic information that 'fixes' the tradition of American diplomacy in the minds of students, U.S. citizens and non-Americans alike." Alan K. Henrikson, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Softcover: Nonmembers' price $6, Members' price $4.50, Bulk [25 or more] price $3.50

 

 


CLICK HERE for more info! Building Diplomacy The Architecture of American Embassies,
by Elizabeth Gill Lui
Introduction by Jane Loeffler

" Structured gregraphically, Building Diplomacy portrays embassies in Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Near East, the Pacific, South Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. An appendix lists the architects and designers of the featured buildings." ,

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $50.00, Members' price $42.50

 


Bush Hat, Black Tie: Adventures of a Foreign Service Officer,
by Howard R. Simpson

"When it comes to recounting his adventures on four continents, Howard Simpson is the David Niven of Foreign Service officers." George Stevens Jr., filmmaker and AFI founder

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Captive in the Congo: A Consul's Return to the Heart of Darkness,
by Michael P. E. Hoyt

“Michael Hoyt’s book is a gripping and well-documented tale of U.S. relations with the remnants of the Belgian Congo during the 1964 Simba rebellion in Stanleyville. A deftly written account of an American diplomat’s experiences while held hostage by rebels through truly harrowing times, it reads like a fast-paced thriller. Tragically, it bears an eerie resemblance to events today in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Hoyt’s professional, almost clinically detached style gives these pages authenticity and drama.”  Brandon Grove, U.S. ambassador to Zaire, 1984-87

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $34.95, Members' price $29.00


China Boys: How U.S. Relations with the PRC Began and Grew, by Nicholas Platt

"China Boys is a timely, enlightening, and entertaining book by a distinguished U.S.-China relations insider who was with Nixon and Kissinger at the beginning and has enjoyed a ringside seat ever since.... Ambassador Platt provides valuable perspective and context for today's debate, as his engaging storytelling, keen insights, and wicked wit carry the reader through four decades of U.S-China friendship, friction, and frustration." James McGrecor, author, One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China, and former Wall Street Journal China Bureau Chief

Softcover: Nonmembers' price $28.00, Members' price $25.00

 


CLICK HERE for more info! China Confidential: American Diplomats and Sino-American Relations 1945, Edited by Nancy Bernkopf Tucker

" An insider's view of how American policy toward China has been made over the last seven decades, China Confidential is an indispensable source for anyone wishing to understand the formal communiqués, dispatches, and memoranda that constitute the raw materials of diplomatic history and international relations." Marc Gallicchio, Villanova University, author of The African American Encounter with Japan and China

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $49.95, Members' price $40.00;

Softcover: Nonmembers' price $21.00, Members' price $17.00

 


Cold War Saga, by Kempton Jenkins

"To us veterans of the Cold War's diplomatic front lines, Kempton Jenkins tells it like it was. He names the key players, gives keen insight into their character, and shows why some were heroes and some villains. Cold War Saga is an absorbing read. If you fought with Jenks in the political trenches, it will stir fond memories. If you didn't, it will take you there, and you won't forget where you've been or what was at stake." Jack F. Matlock, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1987-1991

Softcover: Nonmembers' price $20.94, Members' price $20.00;

 


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Crossing The Divide: An Insider's Account of the Normalization of U.S.-China Relations, by John H. Holdridge

"John Holdridge meets the criteria of both professional and scholar, and his description of the relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China from 1945 to the present is must reading for every American interested in the accurate reporting of the evolution of America's post–World War II relationship with China." From the Foreword by Alexander M. Haig Jr., former Secretary of State

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $79, Members' price $60

Paperback: Nonmembers' price $28.95, Members' price $23


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Cursed is the Peacemaker: The American Diplomat versus the Israeli General, Beirut 1982, by John Boykin

"This is the first, the only, and certain-never-to-be-bettered study of Philip Habib, the most outrageously talented, beloved, and influential American diplomat since Benjamin Franklin. . . . John Boykin captures the wily, witty Phil Habib in marvelously fast-paced and beautifully crafted prose." CHARLES HILL, Yale University, former Executive Secretary of the Department of State

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $29.95, Members' price $25

 


CLICK HERE for more info! Defiant Diplomacy: Henrik Kauffmann, Denmark, and the United States in World War II and the Cold War 1939-1958,
by Bo Lidegaard

"Defiant Diplomacy depicts the extraordinary life of diplomat Henrik de Kauffmann (1888-1963), a major figure in U.S.-Danish relations during World War II and the first decades of the Cold War as Denmark's envoy to Washington."

Library Edition: Nonmembers' price $78.95, Members' price $68.00

 

 


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Distinguished Service: Lydia Chapin Kirk, Partner in Diplomacy, 1996-1984, Roger Kirk, Editor

"Soon the news leaked out of Washington that the President had selected Alan as our new Ambassador the the Soviet Union. I was stunned. ... That night I twisted and turned along with my thoughts, proud that my husband should have been selected, but fearful of what the assignment would entail. ... I knew Alan was secretly pleased and looked forward to the challenge. He was ready to face the Russians, as he had been to face the Germans. This being so, who was I, a service woman born and bred, to object, especially as this time I could share the challenge with him." ,

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CLICK HERE for more info! Ellsworth Bunker: Global Troubleshooter, Vietnam Hawk,
by Howard B. Schaffer

American Adacemy of Diplomacy 2004 Special Citation for distinguished writing on American Diplomacy

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CLICK HERE for more info!"Emperor Dead" and Other Historic American Diplomatic Dispatches, compiled and edited by Peter D. Eicher

"By means of excerpted dispatches dating back to the American Revolution, 'Emperor Dead' depicts American representatives abroad noticing and calling attention to events, opportunities, and historical achievements about which people at home needed urgent knowledge. As Peter D. Eicher points out in his perceptive introduction, this reportage changed as telegraph lines and transoceanic cables speeded up communication, as proliferating news media made comprehensive reportage of events less necessary . . . and as matters of concern to Americans multiplied and broadened. Yet diplomatic reporting has remained vital [because of] its analysis, its perspective on events, and its important confidential information. Moreover, it provides a fascinating window on two centuries of world history. Of all this, Eicher's volume provides wonderful illustration." From the Foreword by Ernest R. May, Charles Warren Professor of History, Harvard University

Cloth (7" x 10"): Out of Print


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François de Callières: A Political Life,
by Laurence Pope

"François de Callières is one of the most important figures in the history of diplomatic thought, and Laurence Pope, who is in the first rank of scholar-diplomats, has produced a biography worthy of him." G. R. Berridge, Eeritus Professor of International Politics, Universityof Leicester

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $95.00, Members' price $65.00

 Softcover: Nonmembers' price $49.00, Members' price $35.00


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Escape With Honor: My Last Hours in Vietnam,
by Francis Terry McNamara, with Adrian Hill

"The work of a compassionate, literate man . . . this is an inside view of the final days of the American presence in Vietnam. More importantly, it is an informative, uplifting inside view of how people cope in times of chaos." Publishers Weekly, August 18, 1997

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $22.95, Members' price $19

 Softcover: Nonmembers' price $16.95, Members' price $14.00


Foreign at Home and Away: Foreign-Born Wives in the U.S. Foreign Service, by Margaret Bender

"Margaret Bender has written an illuminating, highly readable book on the challenges that confront foreign-born spouses of U.S. Foreign Service officers. Her subjects are courageous, committed, and inspiring. . . . This engaging book, which I strongly recommend, also provides important insights on the demands faced by all foreign service spouses."Marion Creekmore Jr., former U.S. Ambassador and Carter Center Program Director

Softcover: Price: $16.95

 


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In Those Days: A Diplomat Remembers, by James W. Spain

"From boyhood glimpses of a strutting Al Capone to postwar Japan, a stint with the CIA, and a fascinating foreign service careerthis is a life worth living. History is shaped by extraordinary people like Ambassador Spain. His Irish eloquence makes the difficult look easy while his humanity touches your soul." Patrick J. Leahy, United States Senator from Vermont

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Intervening in Africa: Superpower Peacemaking in a Troubled Continent ,
by Herman J. Cohen

"Here are wisdom and insight (and adventure) from some of the best years of US Africa policy by the man who made it. . . . [R]equired reading for anyone interested in knowing how foreign relations should be practiced and the difficulty of doing so, not just in Africa but anywhere in the world.  Indeed it is required reading for [any] administration and for an informed citizen constituency on African policy." Professor I. William Zartman, Director, African Studies and Conflict Management Programs, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies

Cloth; Nonmembers' price $65.00, Members' price $45


CLICK HERE for more info! Inventing Public Diplomacy: The Story of the United States Information Agency, by Wilson P. Dizard

" This history of USIA could not have come at a better time ... [It] is an extremely useful, clear, and compact introduction to a vitally important aspect of U.S. foreign policy. A familiarity with this history would save policymakers from repeating some costly mistakes. " Walter Russell Mead Foreign Affairs


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CLICK HERE for more info! The Limits of Influence: America's Role in Kashmir, by Howard B. Schaffer

"In this important volume Howard Schaffer breaks new gound in a careful exploration of the corrosive Kashmir issue's critical impact on America's often frustrated efforts to assist development in South Asia while containing war risks between what are now nuclear-equipped India and Pakistan. A solid researcher with long diplomatic experience of Kashmir, the author adds helpful appraisals of all sides' major players." Phillips Talbot, former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs


Cloth: Nonmembers' price $34.95, Members' price $30.00

 


CLICK HERE for more info! Losing the GoldenHour: An Insider's View of Iraq's Reconstruction,
by James Stephenson

"This critical and honest look at U.S. reconstruction efforts in Iraq, written by a seasoned diplomat with experience from Vietnam to Lebanon, reveals the missteps and errors at the highest levels of the U.S. occupation and development efforts. ... Stephenson's analysis of the frequent conflicts and occasional cooperation among USAID, the U.S. military, the Coalition Provisional Authority, and contractors provides essential background for understanding the current political and military turmoil over Iraq." Wayne H. Bowen, author of Undoing Saddam: From Occupation to Sovereignty in Northern Iraq

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $23.95, Members' price $21.00

 


CLICK HERE for more info! Mission to Algiers: Diplomacy by Engagement, by Cameron R. Hume

" At a time when the United States is encouraging democratic development in the Middle East, the Algerian case of partially successful transition to democracy should be better known. This is a good case study of what an ambassador actually does on a day-to-day basis ... a well-written firsthand account of recent history." William B. Quandt, University of Virginia

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Softcover: Nonmembers' price $24.95, Members' price $22.00

 


CLICK HERE for more info! A New Vision for America: Toward Human Solidarity through Global Democracy, by John Richardson

"Richardson's book is authoritative and informative in its narration of a life with an international purpose [and] combines his large and hopeful view of the world with the necessity of getting things done in ways that work." Ambassador Brandon Grove, President, American Academy of Diplomacy

Softcover: Nonmembers' price $25.00, Members' price $22.00

 


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The October War: A Retrospective
Edited by Richard B. Parker

"The October War is a close examination of the events leading up to the 1973 Arab-Israeli war and . . . the first comparative analysis by Israeli, Egyptian, Jordanian, Syrian, American, and former Soviet military and diplomatic participants and scholars of that seminal event." Hermann F. Eilts, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Egypt

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CLICK HERE for more info! The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan,
by Ronald E. Neumann

"From Vietnam combat soldier to Iraq and Afghanistan combat diplomat, Ron Neumann has seen, if not all, then most of it. In his first-person account of his time in Kabul, he recounts the possibilities and pitfalls of 'armed nation building.'" RICHARD ARMITAGE, former Deputy Secretary of State and Assistant Secretary of Defense

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CLICK HERE for more info! Plunging into Haiti: Clinton, Aristide, and the Defeat of Diplomacy,
by Ralph Pezzullo

"[With his] playwright's sense of language, character, and drama, Pezzullo presents a Potemkin Village of posturing self-righteousness and counterproductivesometimes inexplicabledecisions and actions by all sides..." Henry (Chip) Carey, Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University

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CLICK HERE for more info! Peter Strickland: New London Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, First Consul to Senegal, by Stephen H. Grant

"Grant’s careful blending of historical hindsight with Strickland’s own words brings enormous value to our understanding of U.S. diplomacy." , Foreign Service Journal


Softcover: Price $18.00

 


CLICK HERE for more info! Practicing Public Diplomacy,
by Yale Richmond

"This book will be a long-term reference source for researchers looking at Cold War history, as the subject goes through its inevitable revisionary cycles. ... It documents a critical element in U.S. Cold-War relations—the efort to reach out ideologically to Soviet and East European audiences in the face of formidable opposition by the region's Communist regimes. The author was involved in this subject more directly and over a longer period of time than any other U.S. government official." Wilson Dizard, author of Inventing Public Diplomacy

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CLICK HERE for more info!Slovakia on the Road to Independence: An American Diplomat's Eyewitness Account,
by Paul Hacker

"Paul Hacker arrived in Slovakia at a critical time, when we were just starting to overcome the legacy of totalitarianism. He was also in a unique position as the first American representative on the scene in Slovakia in over forty years. He is a sympathetic but objective observer of our developments.." Pavol Demes, former minister of international relations of Slovakia

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CLICK HERE for more info!Saudi Arabia and the United States: Birth of a Security Partnership,
by Parker T. Hart

". . . a seminal contribution to our understanding of the origins and sometimes bumpy evolution of the U.S.-Saudi relationship in the overall Middle East context [by] one of the diplomatic pioneers in that bilateral relationship." Hermann Fr. Eilts, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Egypt

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $35, Members' price $28



A Strategy for Stable Peace: Toward a Euroatlantic Security Community,
by James E. Goodby, Petrus Buwalda, and Dmitri Trenin

"The construction of a stable peace within this community of nations will not require the destruction of those special characteristics that have made them so distinct. What will be different is that war among them will become a part of history, not a part of their panoply of policy options." from the Preface to A Strategy for Stable Peace

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CLICK HERE for more info! Toussaint's Clause The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution,
by Gordon S. Brown

"[This] well-crafted and well-written narrative captures the failures and foibles, the successes and surprises for American diplomacy of [the Haitian revolution]. For amateurs and history buffs alike this is a book you shouldn't miss and will not find easy to put down." Thomas R. Pickering, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

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CLICK HERE for more info! Uncle Sam in Barbary: A Diplomatic History,
by Richard B. Parker

"Finally! Every American student of history, every American diplomat and member of Congress should read this important book. It uncovers a little-known but vitally important chapter in the long relationship between the United States and the Muslim world." Robert J. Allison, Suffolk University

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The United States and Pakistan 1947–2000: Disenchanted Allies,
by Dennis Kux

“In The United States and Pakistan, 1947–2000: Disenchanted Allies, Ambassador Kux has given us the companion volume to his earlier and unequaled history, India and the United States: Estranged Democracies, 1941–1991. Both are absorbing, at times wrenching, accounts of misunderstandings and miscalculations that bring us, at the end of the Cold War, to the unwelcome fact that the most dangerous nuclear standoff in the world is on the Indian subcontinent—with the United States looking on, aghast and helpless. Learn why.” Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, senior scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $55.00, Members' price $45.00; Softcover: Nonmembers' price $22.95,
Members' price $19.00


Vietnam and Beyond: A Diplomat's Cold War Education,
by
Robert Hopkins Miller

“Few events in American history have generated as much emotion, as much division, and as many long-term impacts for America and American society as our nation's involvement in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in the latter half of the 20th century. . . .It seems appropriate that the first volume in [Texas Tech University Press's Modern Southeast Asia Series] should recount the journey of a diplomat whose working life with the U.S. Department of State essentially encompassed the entire Cold War. . . . [Vietnam was] Ambassador Miller's . . . central, defining experience.” James R. Reckner, Director, Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

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CLICK HERE for more info! Witness to a Changing World,
by David D. Newsom

"These memoirs of an unusually wise and perceptive American diplomat provide rare insight into America at the apogee of its global power. Ambassador Newsom reminds us throughout that one of our greatest strengths is the diplomatic power of the United States in a complex world." Nicholas Burns, , Professor, Harvard University, and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Cloth: Nonmembers' price $42.00, Members' price $36.00

Softcover: Nonmembers' price $28.00, Members' price $25.00

 



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