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A REASON TO GET UP IN THE MORNING By James M. Rentschler
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What makes this petite histoire so vivid and gripping is the totally frank diary Rentschler kept, and on which so much of this book is based, through those three decades he represented the United... More > States in Brazil, Morocco, Upper Volta, Romania and France as well as serving Presidents Carter and Reagan on the National Security Council.< Less
A Reason to Get up in the Morning By James M. Rentschler
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A Reason to get up in the Morning is an irreverent, and sometimes hilarious memoir which he called a petite histoire. Rentschler was not a general or a superstar (not an Acheson, a... More > Kennan, or a Harriman) but rather a “non-commissioned officer” during the heyday of the Cold War. This is not an account of how Cold War policies were formulated in Washington but rather a view of how they were carried out in the field by one dedicated career foreign service officer. It is, so to speak, a view from the trenches, a view far different from what was often reported in The New York Times and The Washington Post.< Less

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