Livros sobre diplomatas

Falta um mês para o dia dos namorados, então eu fiz uma lista de livros que podem ser encontrados na Amazon, que têm como pano de fundo ou como assunto principal histórias e estórias de diplomatas e suas famílias. A seleção não seguiu nenhum critério específico e ainda não li nenhum desses livros, mas alguns deles já estão na minha wish list. Copei ao lado de cada capa, a resenha/resumo do Amazon, para facilitar a vida de vocês.

The book describes the author's experiences in China during the 1989 "Beijing Spring." It moves to India, and then Kenya at the time of the American Embassy bombing in Nairobi. 

"From the Chinese army's crackdown in Tiananmen Square to Al Qaeda's terror attacks on the American Embassy in Nairobi, Joanne and Jim Huskey have been on the front lines of some of the most dramatic moments in recent historyJim as a U.S. Foreign Service officer, Joanne as his intrepid partner. A compelling political thriller, colorful adventure story, and well-written travel-ogue, The Unofficial Diplomat provides a revealing behind-the-scenes glimpse of what life is really like for our diplomats and their families as they face the challenges of representing the United States while seeking to carve out a semblance of normal existence in a tumultuous world. A wonderful read." Micke Chinoy, former CNN Senior Asia Corrrespondent 

Paris, January 10, 1880. "Well, dear, here I am back again in my little hotel, and very small and uncomfortable it looks like a dolls house after the enormous rooms of the Quai d'Orsay however I am very glad to be a private individual once more (no longer a femme publique as our friend used to say). Our departure was hurried, as once W.f had made up his mind and resigned he wanted to get away at once. We got off in two days, which I thought quite wonderful. Of course ever since the opening of the session in November it was evident that he couldnt stay. He and his Ministers were hardly ever agreed on any point, and it wasnt worth while for him to spend his energy and intelligence in trying to carry out a policy which neither the Chamber nor the country apparently desired. There were endless conferences all through December, but it was clear that it was time for him to go. The weather was something awful bitterly cold the Seine frozen tight, booths and games established".

"In Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan, Waltz shares his unique firsthand experiences, revealing the sights, sounds, emotions, and complexities involved in the war in Afghanistan. Waltz also highlights the policy issues that have plagued the war effort throughout the past decade, from the drug trade, to civilian casualties, to a lack of resources in comparison to Iraq, to the overall coalition strategy. At the same time, he points out that stabilizing Afghanistan and the region remains crucial to national security and that a long-term commitment along the lines of South Korea or Germany is imperative if America is to remain secure."

"(...) Abandoned. Where the money came from that was thus transferred to the pockets of officials can be best explained by those who are versed in economical questions. For my own part, I cannot look back on that period without shame, and my only excuse, which is perhaps of little worth in the court of history, is that I was at the bottom of the ladder, and received the proportion paid to me by those who were in charge of the business. A few words may be devoted to describing the Yokohama society of those days. There were few ladies in the settlement. Japan was a long way from Europe, with no regular steam communication, and the lives of foreigners were supposed to be not very safe at the hands of the arm-bearing classes".

"On December 7, 1941, the course of U.S. history changed forever with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Three weeks prior, Japanese Special Envoy to the United States Saburo Kurusu visited Washington in an attempt to further peace talks between Japan and America and spare his country the loss he knew would occur if a war began. But as he reported, “Working for peace is not as simple as starting a war.” For more than seventy years, many have unfairly viewed Kurusu and his visit as part of the Pearl Harbor plot. Editors J. Garry Clifford and Masako R. Okura seek to dispel this myth with their edition of Kurusu’s memoir, The Desperate Diplomat. Kurusu published his personal memoir in 1952, in Japanese, describing his efforts to prevent war between the two nations, his total lack of knowledge regarding the Pearl Harbor attack, and what “might have been” had he been successful in his endeavor for peace, while offering an exclusive perspective on the Japanese reaction to the attack. However, the information contained in his memoir was unavailable to most of the world, save those fluent in Japanese, because it had never been published in another language. With the discovery of Kurusu’s own English memoir, his story can finally be told to a wider audience. Clifford and Okura have used both the Japanese and English memoirs and added an introduction and annotations to Kurusu’s story, making The Desperate Diplomat an essential look at an event that remains controversial in the history of both nations. Anyone who takes interest in the history of Pearl Harbor cannot afford to omit this previously unavailable information from their library".

"Originally written in the form of a series of letters to her mother, this book turned into one of the most insightful accounts of the political upheavals in Mexico prior to the First World War. Stationed along with her husband—America’s chargé d’affaires in Mexico—O’Shaughnessy used her keen eye, racial awareness, and sharp wit to record a dramatic period of the Mexican Revolution, from October 8th, 1913 through to the breaking off of diplomatic relations on April 23rd, 1914. She shows how democracy was totally unsuited to the Second World nature of Mexico, and of how continuous American meddling in the affairs of that nation—and other parts of Latin America—have never served any purpose except to incite hatred against Americans. The author’s account of these events earned her fame and praise in diplomatic historical circles, and her all-too-accurate observations on race, civilization, and Mexico have been proven correct countless times over since this book was first published in 1916. Because of their too close personal relationship with Huerta, the O’Shaughnessys were eventually recalled from Mexico."

"New from New York Times bestselling author and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, Read My Pins is a story and celebration of how one woman’s jewelry collection was used to make diplomatic history. Exploring the use of the pin or brooch as a means of personal and diplomatic expression and featuring a gallery of fascinating photographs, this unique, intimate, and revealing biography offers a whole new side of Secretary Albright, one of our most beloved public servants".

"It began in the 1950s. The major cold war powers began stockpiling nuclear weapons. World leaders practiced brinksmanship, and school children practiced "duck and cover" drills. We called the resulting stalemate "MAD" (Mutually Assured Destruction). Over time the stockpiles grew and people learned to live with the threat of nuclear annihilation. MAD appeared to be working, and by the 1980s there were so many nukes in the U.S. arsenal--over 31,000 at the peak--that their use had become truly unthinkable, so we forgot about them. Then in the late 2020s everything changed. Out of Africa came rumors: terrorist organizations had obtained nuclear weapons and were planning to use them. No one knew how many nuclear devices they had or where they would be used. Answers to these question were being sought the day the world exploded. Two nuclear devices found targets in Europe, six struck North America. It was not Armageddon, but it was enough--enough to bring down the global financial system, enough to produce millions of deaths from radiation and millions more from starvation and disease. Now the survivors face a grim reality. In a world reduced almost entirely to local barter, how could they wrest order from the post war chaos? Who would lead the reconstruction? Who would be willing to follow?"

"Living in Vienna, Dory receives a letter from her best friend’s orphans begging her to defend them against their evil guardian, the Earl of Harcourt. Dory knows she must help the three Rundell children. But how is she going to convince their haughty guardian to unbend enough to listen to reason. To further complicate matters, his dark, brooding good looks have invaded her dreams. Harcourt’s ordered life has received a set back since he’s been appointed guardian to the Rundell brood. Moreover, he finds himself the target of a prankster. But his life becomes even more complicated when Miss Dorcus Kenworthy arrives and spares with him over the future of his three wards. Then, there is his growing attraction for the lovely diplomat’s daughter."

"Brigid Keenan was a successful young London fashion journalist when she fell in love with a diplomat and left behind the gilt chairs of the Paris salons for a large chicken shed in Nepal. Her bestselling account of life as a 'trailing spouse', Diplomatic Baggage, won the hearts of thousands in countries all over the world. Now, in her further adventures, we find Brigid in Kazakhstan, where AW, her husband, contracts Lyme disease from a tick, the local delicacy is horse meat sausage and Brigid's visit to a market leads to a full-scale riot from which she requires a police escort. Then, as the prospect retirement looms, Brigid finds herself on the cusp of a whole new world: shuttling between London, Brussels and their last posting in Azerbaijan, navigating her daughters' weddings while coping with a cancer diagnosis, and getting a crash course in grand-motherhood as she helps organise a literature festival in Palestine. Along the way, dauntless and wildly funny as ever, Brigid learns that packing up doesn't mean packing in as she discovers that retiring and moving back home could just be her biggest challenge yet."

"Diplomat DeWitt Clinton Poole arrived for a new job at the United States consulate office in Moscow in September 1917, just two months before the Bolshevik Revolution. In the final year of World War I, as Russians were withdrawing and Americans were joining the war, Poole found himself in the midst of political turmoil in Russia. U.S. relations with the newly declared Soviet Union rapidly deteriorated as civil war erupted and as Allied forces intervened in northern Russia and Siberia. Thirty-five years later, in the climate of the Cold War, Poole recounted his experiences as a witness to that era in a series of interviews. Historians Lorraine M. Lees and William S. Rodner introduce and annotate Poole's recollections, which give a fresh, firsthand perspective on monumental events in world history and reveal the important impact DeWitt Clinton Poole (1885–1952) had on U.S.–Soviet relations. He was active in implementing U.S. policy, negotiating with the Bolshevik authorities, and supervising American intelligence operations that gathered information about conditions throughout Russia, especially monitoring anti-Bolshevik elements and areas of German influence. Departing Moscow in late 1918 via Petrograd, he was assigned to the port of Archangel, then occupied by Allied and American forces, and left Russia in June 1919."

"A wild weekend changes Gina St. Sebastian's life, but one thing won't change—her marital status. Ambassador Jack Mason, the dashing, arrogant father of her unborn baby, can forget about a marriage of convenience. She's perfectly capable without him. Never mind the heat between them. That's pregnancy hormones! Jack will deploy his formidable charms to do what's right—marriage for the baby's sake. Yet the more he tries to convince Gina, the more he realizes he wants her as much as he wants his child…."

"How have I been lucky enough to come here, to be alive, when so many others are not? I should have died.… But I am here. 1945. Surviving the brutality of a Nazi prison camp, Marta Nederman is lucky to have escaped with her life. Recovering from the horror, she meets Paul, an American soldier who gives her hope of a happier future. But their plans to meet in London are dashed when Paul's plane crashes. Devastated and pregnant, Marta marries Simon, a caring British diplomat, and glimpses the joy that home and family can bring. But her happiness is threatened when she learns of a Communist spy in British intelligence, and that the one person who can expose the traitor is connected to her past."

"When Vivian Kincaid's eyes meet those of a hunky local at the Turkish university her father forces her to attend, it only takes her a split second to recognize her childhood friend. Levent Deniz was the servant boy who taught her to run the streets of Istanbul years before, giving outlet to her wild streak even as a child. Now face-to-face once again as adults, the only thing standing between them and happiness is her father. The newly appointed Consul General for the United States has other plans for his only daughter. Ones that do not include a former servant, now successful entrepreneur and businessman. He will do everything in his power to keep them apart.  The Diplomat's Daughter is set in 1960s Istanbul and tells the story of pre-destiny, passion and the rebellious power of true love."

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