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The Ambassadors: America's Diplomats on the Front Lines Hardcover – November 12, 2019
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“At once inspiring, infuriating, and, as a chronicle of U.S. involvement in the [Middle East] region, deeply sad.”
— Foreign Affairs
“Richter provides a gripping, wistful, and ultimately inspiring portrait of the courage, patriotism, skill, and wisdom of America’s finest diplomats at a difficult hour for our country and profession.”
— Ambassador William J. Burns (ret.), former Deputy Secretary of State and President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
“The book captures an era in which Middle East policy was carried out by a robustly staffed diplomatic corps who may not have had all answers but were able to discern, better than most, ‘which of Washington’s decisions brought progress and which led to disaster.’”
— The New Yorker
“Paul Richter has done Americans a great service in reminding us of the need for a skilled, non-partisan career Ambassadorial corps at a dangerous moment in our history. The Ambassadors is a clarion call for the revival of the American Foreign Service gutted by the Trump Administration.”
— Ambassador Nicholas Burns (ret.), former Undersecretary of State and Harvard University professor
“Part intriguing spy story, gripping war story, and compassionate love story, the book brings the reader right into the action.”
— New York Journal of Books
“Paul Richter takes you on an enthralling ride through the dramatic and dangerous world of diplomacy. The Ambassadors is a story of courage and dedication during some of the most challenging and deadly times in our nation’s history. Grab it fast and dive in.”
— Martha J. Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs correspondent for ABC News and bestselling author of The Long Road Home
“An intriguing look at U.S. diplomats in the greater Middle East... “There are no ticker tape parades for diplomats,” a State Department official once said. This book gives them the recognition they deserve.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“A compelling and poignant glimpse at an often-overlooked and misunderstood profession... easily digestible and meticulously researched.”
— Foreign Policy
“Finally, a book that captures the incredible courage, sacrifice and unwavering patriotism of the unsung heroes of the war on terrorism. They represent the very finest of the diplomatic corps and of America. Paul Richter has brilliantly portrayed these remarkable icons of the Foreign Service. A must-read for anyone interested in U.S. foreign policy and what it takes to be an American hero!”
— Adm. William H. McRaven (ret.), former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command and overseer of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden
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These four people remind me of fire fighters. They run toward the fire to fight it and put it out while the rest of us run in the opposite direction. Their stories of their work and life in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya are a must read for anyone who is interested in what really went on in these countries over the past two decades. This book describes in great detail the real danger that these unsung heroes of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya faced on a daily basis. It tells the back story and more of what truly went on that was never on the television news or in the newspapers. This book is a gripping account of what has really gone on in the middle East during our longest wars in history.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book about The Ambassadors and you will too.
If you have no knowledge of the region, the players, the diplomatic or military community, this book would be unreadable. Sort of like reading a chemistry textbook. I powered through, but nearly put the book down many times.