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Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy : A Memoir

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Baker & Taylor
A former ambassador during periods of deep conflict in Macedonia, Poland, Iraq, and South Korea details his career of service, where he met with world leaders, war criminals, and statesmen during his tenure.

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Foreign Service brat and later career diplomat, Hill recounts his life overseas beginning with the Peace Corps. With service in the Balkans, Macedonia, Poland, South Korea, and Iraq behind him, he looks at today’s diplomatic agenda where ideology seems to trump practical answers to tough problems and there is diminishing interest in consensus or talking to all sides, and notes that, while pragmatism offers no haven for those who want instant gratification, its track record is better than armed intervention. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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& Taylor

A former ambassador to Macedonia during the wars in the Balkans, Poland during the depths of the Cold War, South Korea during tense disarmament negotiations with North Korea and Iraq in the 21st century details the danger, loss of comrades, high-stakes negotiations, war criminals and American statesmen and heroes he has been witness to. 50,000 first printing. Illustrations.

Simon and Schuster
An “inside the room” memoir from one of our most distinguished ambassadors who—in a career of service to the country—was sent to some of the most dangerous outposts of American diplomacy. From the wars in the Balkans to the brutality of North Korea to the endless war in Iraq, this is the real life of an American diplomat.

Hill was on the front lines in the Balkans at the breakup of Yugoslavia. He takes us from one-on-one meetings with the dictator Milosevic, to Bosnia and Kosovo, to the Dayton conference, where a truce was brokered. Hill draws upon lessons learned as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon early on in his career and details his prodigious experience as a US ambassador. He was the first American Ambassador to Macedonia; Ambassador to Poland, where he also served in the depth of the cold war; Ambassador to South Korea and chief disarmament negotiator in North Korea; and Hillary Clinton’s hand-picked Ambassador to Iraq.

Hill’s account is an adventure story of danger, loss of comrades, high stakes negotiations, and imperfect options. There are fascinating portraits of war criminals (Mladic, Karadzic), of presidents and vice presidents (Clinton, Bush and Cheney, and Obama), of Secretaries of State (Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Clinton), of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and of Ambassadors Richard Holbrooke and Lawrence Eagleburger. Hill writes bluntly about the bureaucratic warfare in DC and expresses strong criticism of America’s aggressive interventions and wars of choice.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2014
ISBN: 9781451685916
Branch Call Number: 327.2092 HIL
Characteristics: viii, 431 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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