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Diplomacy and Diamonds: My Wars from the Ballroom to the Battlefield Hardcover – October 19, 2011

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"I know Joanne Herring to be a most dynamic and inspiring personality. Her deep commitment to alleviate and assuage the sufferings of people of our region has touched me immensely. Her unique contribution to the Afghan freedom struggle in the 1980's turned the tide of the conflict. This book is a reaffirmation of her genuinely feminine intuition towards a complex human tragedy spanning the last three decades."

Pakistani President Musharraf- 10th President of Pakistan and former Chief of Army Staff for the Pakistan Army

"Joanne Herring is an extraordinary woman who was and still is a real catalyst for peace in our world. Here is her story for the first time in her own words about how she worked with Charlie Wilson and others to bring change to one of the most troubled parts of the world, and about what she is doing today to do the same. All of us who love and know Joanne, knows that she never gives up."―George Bush 41st President of the United States

"I love the way Joanne speaks so passionately and with such knowledge about the plight of the Afghan people and all she is doing to help them."―Winston Churchill III

"Joanne Herring is a very difficult woman to say no to."―Charlie Wilson, The True Story of Charlie Wilson, History Channel

"The inimitable and gorgeous Joanne King Herring, smarter and better in life than on any movie screen!"―Barbara Taylor Bradford

"I have known Joanne all my life. She walks where others fear to tread and never quits. She is a flash of light in a dark world."―James A. Baker, Former Secretary of State

"The world is beating a path to her door because of her charm, intelligence and beauty."―Adam Curtis, Current Affairs, BBC

About the Author

Joanne Johnson King Herring Davis hosted The Joanne King Show on television for 15 years. She served as honorary consul to both Pakistan and Morocco for ten years, has been knighted by the King of Belgium, and received the Quaid-e-Azam award, the highest honor given by the nation of Pakistan. She is also the recipient of the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Award. She has served on the boards of directors for UNICEF, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., LTV, Henredon Furniture, the Lindbergh Fund, and was co-chairman of the Special Olympics, with Henry Kissinger, in New York City.

Nancy Dorman-Hickson, in addition to 18 years as an editor at Southern Living magazine, is an award-winning writer with a deep sense of story, heritage, and faith.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (October 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599953226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599953229
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Hill-Burrier on October 22, 2011
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If you're not familiar with her name, Joanne King Herring, you may be familiar with the 2008 movie Charlie Wilson's War starring Tom Hanks as Charlie Wilson and Julia Roberts as Joanne, which is a true story about two incredible Texans and what they accomplished across the U.S. and Afghanistan!

But the movie only takes you so far and only tells you so much compared to Joanne's new book Diplomacy and Diamonds. This book is a great read and offers (among other things) the background and realities concerning Afghanistan. You'll also enjoy a lot of laughter and tears along the way as you get to know more about Joanne and her extraordinary adventures that few women (then or now) dare to undertake!

It's truly a book for everyone, which is why I ordered 6 more copies for my family members
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NYCTex on October 24, 2011
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Joanne lived in a world few get to experience and yet this lovely gem of a book gives the reader intimate details of her life; her motives, thoughts, aspirations, defeats, and successes. She is also a hoot. I'm buying all of the women in my life a copy.

Thanks Joanne!
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Talk about a woman that puts vision and dreams into action!!! Anyone wanting to (i) Read an entertaining, inspiring book, or (ii) Help Afghanistan (she's donating money from book sales towards building a model village in Afghanistan through her Marshall Plan Charities), should buy Ms. Joanne King Herring's new book. I promise you will be amazed by her story that was not always smooth (contrary to public perception).

I do not sit still for anything, and I read this book in two sittings. I could hardly put the book down wanting to read more about the life, experiences and wisdom of this amazing woman. While Joanne has been a blessing in my life in recent years, I learned so much that provided clarity about her storied life, persevering with strong faith in Christ, and amazing accomplishments. I have gained even more respect and appreciation for the way she has led her life. If you want to be inspired, this is the book of a lifetime to read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bapsi on December 2, 2011
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I just finished reading Diplomats and Diamonds by Joanne King Herring. She entertained lavishly and threw spectacular parties, and the men and women she so easily charmed helped her to forge alliances to foster ties and advance the cause of American diplomacy. Joanne Herring's narration goes straight to the heart of the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan and describes it in lay terms. It is refreshing to avoid threshing through the ponderous assessments of self-important statesmen and political pundits to arrive at the truth. For me, as a writer with origins in Pakistan, the book provided new insights not only into the geo-political realities of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but also into the startling role of a heroic American woman in thwarting the Russians' push through Pakistan to control the strategic Straits of Hormuzd.

I cannot stop thinking of the diminished recognition Joanne Herring has received -- as women inevitably do in a man's world. Above all I appreciate the writer for her decency, honesty and courage, facets that shimmer through the book as do her remarkable intelligence and poise -- qualities which have not been given their due. Very few people would have stood up so staunchly for an old friend as out of favor and vilified as General Zia-ul-haq; she is bound to get flak for this from many sources. I don't think I dare compare her with any woman I've known. Joanne Herring is my hero. Diplomats and Diamonds has enough humor, pathos, and froth mixed with the nitty-gritty to make a splendid movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Krista on November 10, 2011
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I absolutely love this book. I have been a fan of hers for a long time, but this book combines an inspirational biography, intrigue and glamour, and foreign policy! It's everything I could ask for in one book. Just amazing. I encourage everyone to read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Basil on December 20, 2011
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I saw about the last 40 seconds of an interview with the author on TV. I had to find out about this amazing woman.

As my title says, in this book the author tells it all -- the good - the bad- and the ugly. Ms Joanne talked about her personal life, wrapping it around her passion for Afghanistan. Actually, the two subjects can't be told without the other.

You will discover where Ms Joanne is weak, and where she is strong. There is a third component to her story and that is her undying faith. Her story can't be told without her belief in a God who is completely involved in her life.

You younger readers can't understand how impossible it was for a woman to accomplish much more than being a secretary or waitress, babysitter, GOOD wife and housekeeper, and volunteer at the time Ms Joanne worked her way through the nearly impossible maze to do the things that she did. Of course her work in Afghanistan is the highlight of her book, but I was more than impressed reading about the lavish parties that she gave. Her unique personality and character was essential to her success. She saw things differently than most woman of that day saw. Breaking through the mindset of that time was a tremendous feat. It wasn't that men held us back, but we held ourselves back because we shared the same defeatist mindset.

I was awed when she told of her very young son going to Afghanistan with her to film the lives of the downtrodden. He is definitely his mother's son.

You won't be disappointed if you buy this book. I wish I had it in paperback instead of Kindle so that I could keep it on my bookshelf where I keep only the books that I am proud to own.
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