Journey to Ithaka: Memoirs of an American Diplomat
Dave Grimland journeys from his roots in Texas to his final home in Montana via stops in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Bangladesh, and India—like Odysseus traveling home to Ithaka. As a member of the American diplomatic service, he had the rare opportunity to learn about other cultures and religions in a series of exciting and occasionally dangerous adventures. Take a deeper look into other cultures, and gain new perspectives on old, vexing problems with a Journey to Ithaka. “In a series of highly readable vignettes, career diplomat David Grimland shares personal experiences from his many years abroad. These entertaining, sometimes suspenseful accounts clearly reflect Grimland’s intelligence, wit, and sensitivity to the cultural differences he encountered in foreign lands. A delightful book. I loved it!” —George Bass, distinguished professor emeritus at Texas A&M University; founder and chairman emeritus of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology
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Dec 16, 2015Journey to Ithaka is a literary way of redefining the concept of "Cultural Empathy." In a series of real life anecdotes wrapped by wit and vision, "Journey to Ithaka" offers unique cultural experience as much as a virtual travel to its readers. Covering a wide range of locations in the Mediterranean and South Asia geography, this book is certainly an easy-read to learn about social and political history of different countries through the lenses of an American diplomat. Last but certainly not the least, "Journey to Ithaka" retains a good deal of genuine and contentful foreign policy hints. It deserves to be an informal guide for foreign service professionals particularly on the issue of cultural empathy. Alongside its other intellectual qualities, Dave Grimland's memoirs redefine the boundaries of cultural empathy by showing us that it is indeed possible to participate in foreign culture with all potential aspects without losing one's own perspective.
Dec 3, 2015"Journey to Ithaka" by Dave Grimland is an excellent introduction to US foreign service life abroad for either the general reader or anyone interested in international relations. This is not policy making but the implementation of that overall policy on the spot, a capacity which Mr. Grimland carried out with skill and aplomb. Mr. Grimland's journey to his personal Ithaka in Columbus, Montana takes him through Athens, Cyprus, Istanbul, Dhaka, Bangladesh, New Delhi and Ankara, Turkey. As a foreign service officer explaining the United States to foreign audiences, his memoirs give the reader many insights into the many individuals and cultures he encounters on his journey. He is an excellent writer and describes the journey with wit, understanding, curiosity, and a strong sense of his humanity. Sometimes the experiences are exciting or dangerous,such as a plane landing while unsure of the plane's landing gear position or assisting US Marine Guards protecting the Embassy with... More > tear gas canisters against rampaging Greek Cypriots trying to force entry into the Embassy. But all stories told, often with a chuckle, hold the readers attention and interest making it difficult to put the book down until finished. Bob Crawford< Less
Nov 3, 2015I could not put down this humorous and instructive book that I finished in no time. Dave Grimland shares with us the very exciting, hilarious and dangerous experiences he had during his career as an American diplomat. Beautifully told! Wonderful to read.
Nov 2, 2015An entertaining, engrossing account of life in the foreign service. Tales humorous and sobering. Took me back to my overseas years with the U.S. government. Required reading for those presently with our State Department, and those considering it as a career.
Oct 29, 2015Dave is an exceptional storyteller. “Journey to Ithaka: Memoirs of an American Diplomat “ is well written, witty, educational and humorous all at the same time. An enjoyable read of the adventures and misadventures of a real person, living abroad serving our country.
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