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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 David A. Apgar on 05-17-18
Required reading for the Trump administration
Mr Farrow’s incredibly well researched account of the history (and likely future) of American diplomacy is quite dense in detail. If that seems a negative characteristic, it will be the only one in this review.
One could perceive a “Cliff notes” version of the message of the book by reading only the Prologue and the Epilogue. If one has a bit more time, read Part III also. However, to do so would prevent one from appreciating the rich depth and detail of the content within the chapters of Parts II and III (a testament to the exhaustive research effort represented by Farrow’s work).
In the end, the message of this work is a scary prediction of the dangerous road that this country is headed down, unless the fractious political situation cannot be compromised by some renewed appreciation for decency, integrity, honesty, and.........diplomacy!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful