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Realities of Foreign Service Life
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I originally bought this book thinking it would help me prepare for the Oral Exam. I thought it might deal with the innerworkings of an embassy and what the varied embassy personnel do on a daily basis. For example, how an Administrative Officer finds housing for people. If that's what you're looking for, this book is not for you. The book rarely touches on any of those topics. Instead it deals more with the personal issues.
However, I still think the book should be read by anyone and everyone who's considering a career in the FS. In the first chapter, the authors state the purpose of the book: they want everyone to know what the FS is like. If this encourages people to join them, then great. If it causes people to rethink this career and even chose something else, all the better.Read more ›
One of the interesting takeaways for me was that your will likely be evacuated sometime in your career. If you or your spouse can't deal with the thought of flying the wife and kids out of a dangerous country, sitting on C-130 troop seats while the other stays in a dangerous situation, the Foreign Service isn't for you. If you don't mind living like a king overseas and living like a pauper in Washington, the Foreign Service may be for you. If you have to have fast access to pop-tarts you may think twice. If the thought of you or your kids contracting dysentery or other crazy diseases with less than great medical care bothers you, think again. If your spouse has career aspirations you need to seriously consider this option. Before you order that subscription to The Economist, get this book first.
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Really a dumb book. A lesson in the obvious and narcicism.Published 8 months ago by Brenda M. Strysko
This book is one interesting piece of unique information, and its very detailed and somewhat kind character itself unwillingly contributes to introduce the reader to the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Clorander
It's not a really worth book, it describes the foreing service reality through the spouse perspective in an negative well. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Maria
This book is outdated, sexist, and not an accurate reflection of current foreign service life. Most of the essays aren't by officers themselves, but instead by their wives. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Barbara J. Toperzer
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I should have read the publication date. I question the relevance of some information in this book ("Make sure a VCR will be available at post, and don't forget your CD player or... Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by sydney_writes
DISCLAIMER: Book reviews are based on a first read. In subsequent readings/referrals that rating could go up or down. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by JPG
I question the accuracy of this book, but it was quite detailed and had some fun first hand accounts. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Clabscom