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American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty while abroad, the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We're becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later.
In an astonishing account ranging from Washington, DC, to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Korea in the years since 9/11, acclaimed journalist and former diplomat Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience in the State Department affords a personal look at some of the last standard-bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Farrow's narrative is richly informed by interviews with whistle-blowers, policymakers, and a warlord, from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice - but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war.
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By JAL on 05-06-18
I’ve read a lot of excellent books lately but this book is the most beautifully written book that brings one alone through the author’s travels in Afghanistan and Africa and the political disarray in Washington DC. This 32 year old author has lived a lifetime and generously shares his experiences and relationships with his readers. I loved this book!
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By Jimmy on 04-24-18
Well Timed and Authoritative:
The conclusions of this well written and meticulously researched book are hard to dismiss as “fake news.”
Farrow writes to all audiences, and the interviews offer something new about each party.
America has always been served by many tools in the “toolbox” with diplomacy ranking among the most effective. Farrow provides convincing evidence of why losing this capability only serves our enemies.
43 of 48 people found this review helpful