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America's Suicidal Statecraft: The self-destruction of super power Paperback – November 6, 2006


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JAMES CUMES: Dr James Cumes, B.A. (Q'land), Graduate of School of Diplomatic Studies (Canberra), Ph.D (London). Born Rosewood, Queensland, Edu. Wooloowin SS & Brisbane Grammar, Served with Australian Army in Papua & Dutch New Guinea 1942-4, Dept. External/Foreign Affairs Canberra from 1944, Diplomatic Postings Paris, London, Bonn, Berlin; Chargé d'Affaires Bonn 1955-6 and Brussels 1961-5; Head, Australian Military Mission, Berlin 1956-8; High Commissioner, Nigeria, Ambassador to European Union and several individual European capitals, Permanent Representative to United Nations Vienna and UNIDO, Governor on Board of IAEA, Australian Representative at United Nations and other international conferences around the world, etc. Author of a dozen books on economics, history, government and human behaviour; and four novels, including 'Haverleigh' a story of young Australians in the Second World War and afterwards. Married to Heide Schulte von Bäuminghaus, 1 daughter (Kim Alexandra Sarah). Homes in Australia, Vienna, Monaco and Cannes.

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James Cumes is a former Australian Ambassador and a Doctor of
Philosophy of the University of London. He has written a wide
range of fiction and non-fiction, from romance and history to
economic and financial policy.
As an economist, he seeks to define policies amenable to
peaceful change and prosperity for all. He launched "The
Democratic Initiative for Victory Over Want (VOW)" in 2002 and
perceptively warned of the current Global Financial Crisis in his
book "America's Suicidal Statecraft" published in 2006.
Born in the small bush town of Rosewood in south-eastern
Queensland, Australia, he has had a colourful career, rich in
experience of war and peace, love and hate, the violence, greed
and evil that often move men and women, their lusts, and the
saintly vision that sometimes leads them to greatness.
He has written a dozen books on economics, history,
government and administration, and human behaviour.
Because it recalls his Second World War experience,
Haverleigh tends to be his favourite novel. The Hedonists draws on
his experience of diplomacy, its shallow self-interest and sexual
indulgence as well as its potential for more worthy enterprise.
Operation Equalizer warns of the ultimate terror when nuclear
weapons fall into the wrong hands. His collection of sexy short
stories, Dirty Weekend has a special link to his book on human
conduct: The Human Mirror: The Narcissistic Imperative in Human
Behaviour. His latest novel, The Young Bug tells of a miraculous
organism that reverses the ageing process and blesses us with
everlasting youth.
He has written scores of short stories and articles on a wide
variety of subjects. One of his plays The Lovers The Outcasts recently
had its World Premiere in Vienna.
He is married to Heide Schulte von Bäuminghaus who is
herself a successful author, especially of the popular and highly
entertaining Diplomatic Carousel. With their daughter, Kim,
they spend much of their time in Vienna as well as in Australia,
Monaco and the South of France.

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