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America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st Century Diplomacy Paperback – September 10, 2012
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-- Madeleine K. Albright, former secretary of state
"Nicholas Kralev's excellent account of the U.S. Foreign Service at the beginning of this new century makes vivid the continuing relevance and struggle of diplomacy to keep pace with a rapidly changing international landscape. For over a decade, Kralev has embedded himself with America's professional diplomats. He presents the Foreign Service as it is -- with all its flaws and strengths -- and through his portraits of civilians on the front lines of diplomacy."
-- William J. Burns, former deputy secretary of state
"As a longtime member of the U.S. Foreign Service, I have come to know and appreciate Nicholas Kralev's broad knowledge of how it operates and serves the nation. I can think of no better source for an aspiring diplomat, a senior business executive, an academic or a think-tank expert to consult than Kralev's seminal work on the Foreign Service."
-- Thomas R. Pickering, former undersecretary of state
"The book offers a thorough picture of how the Foreign Service has changed since the start of the war on terror, as well as where it might be headed from here..."
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"Nicholas Kralev has accomplished the well-nigh impossible task of writing a highly readable book on the Foreign Service."
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Kralev's timely account of how the State Department represents America's interests around the world illuminates a vital component our security apparatus that remains too often in the shadows.
The author, a former diplomatic correspondent for two major newspapers, brings the Foreign Service to life with numerous profiles and anecdotes from diplomats he has encountered over the years. In addition, interviews with the current secretary of State and her recent predecessors provide invaluable insight into how America's diplomatic mission has evolved in recent years. The author's first-hand accounts of visits to American embassies around the world give the reader a taste of a life that is at times exotic, even glamorous, but often gritty and dangerous as well.
What comes through most strongly in this chronicle of several active and retired diplomats, however, is the sense of duty and mission that motivates their service. Kralev doesn't gloss over the shortcomings or problems in the State Department, but he lets the words and deeds of these public servants speak for themselves and the reader can't help but be impressed by their talent and dedication.
Given recent events in North Africa, "America's Other Army" is an important read in order to gain a more complete understanding of the nuts and bolts of US diplomatic work abroad and not just the big picture policy objectives laid out from Washington. Furthermore, Kralev strives at all times to emphasize the people that make up the Foreign Service and the extraordinary talents they must possess in order to successfully fulfill the tasks asked of them in their work.
In all, "America's Other Army" provides an excellent overview of the work of the Foreign Service, which is a subject that is not explored enough as it should given the current importance of diplomacy for American interests.
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The role of American diplomats has changed substantially in the post-Cold War era as globalization has brought the world's challenges into the living rooms of every American and as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Lindwall
I recommend this book to anyone interested in a career in the Foreign Service. It is a first hand account of what diplomats do and is an accurate portrayal of life in the State... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've been a Foreign Service Officer for over a decade. This is the most comprehensive overview I have seen of the work of U.S. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brian Johnson
This book is not only a great read but inspired me to go on and take the FSOT. I felt extremely comfortable taking the exam as result of the years of knowledge Kralev offered... Read morePublished 15 months ago by diala dahabreh
This is an excellent and thorough-but-readable book that can be enjoyed both by seasoned Foreign Service Officers and people with little familiarity with the FS. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Peter
As a potential foreign service officer, I picked up this book in hopes that it would provide useful information about the State Department. Read morePublished 15 months ago by banhiru
Kralev's book is the best one out there on the U.S. Foreign Service (FS)! Using his in-depth knowledge of the State Department (from his years as part of the press pool covering a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mariana
The book was very informative, as someone considering a career with the state department I thought the book was insightful and that it provided a very good view from within the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by grim