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  • By James Earl
    Jan 7, 2017
    Diplomatic Tales is a lively and engrossing memoir of Lewis Luchs's 25-year career, from 1967 to 1992, as a US diplomat in six countries around the world--Madagascar, Mali, Singapore, France, Malaysia and Australia. What was going on in Americas's far-flung embassies during this tumultuous period? Largely the patient, challenging work of devoted professionals like Luchs, helping Americans abroad, maintaining smooth international relations, arranging cultural and educational exchanges, repairing cultural misunderstandings, working with the foreign press, projecting the highest American values with the greatest cultural tolerance, as well as a host of other duties that non-professionals can hardly imagine, all the while negotiating political crises of all sorts at home and in the host countries. Luchs was in Mali during a coup d'etat, and had to duck assassination in Malaysia. He witnessed the transformation of security issues over the decades. He portrays the official diplomatic life,... More > but also the personal life of diplomats and their families, in this case a family with four boys growing up in these six extraordinary environments. One can only hope that the State Department and USIA have a robust supply of professionals as smart, humane, motivated, and culturally sensitive as Luchs. Anyone interested in such a career would certainly profit from the model he presents, for he is the exact opposite of the Ugly American stereotype. The road was not always smooth for him and his family, but to hear him tell it, his career was not only satisfying, but exhilerating.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781483461724
Published
November 29, 2016
Language
English
Pages
366
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.35 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
Product ID
22966738
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