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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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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
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.
Raised around royals and in the rarefied zones of mighty industrialists, I was struck by the authenticity and ease with which Joanne chronicles her romances and deep friendships with those at the pinnacle of power. Her beauty was a calling card but it's the light bulb, sparkplug quality of her spirit that magnetizes men and women to pull strings and move mountains for causes most are too myopic or timid to take on.
My father fought Communism and directly supported the Afghan Mujaheddin. Living in Afghanistan one gets to know the reverence and honor of Afghan people that Joanne is so drawn to. She was their Joan of Arc in their darkest hour and quite honestly America's too because Joanne King Herring was the catalyst that tipped the balance for the fall of the Soviet Empire. You'll finish this book with a lump in your throat, a glow in your heart and renewed faith that all is possible if you ask God to help.
Here, we look from the other side of the mirror - from the perspective of the wealthy Dallas socialite who tugged at the the puppet-strings of Charlie Wilson, motivated him, energized him, all the while masterfully manipulating other powerful men, throughout a dramatic interlude that, (but for the bungling incompetence of Washington DC) should have prevented all our subsequent problems with Al Queda, the Taliban, and the downfall of Western influence in the far east.
Combine _Charlie Wilson's War_, this book, and _The Kite Runner_, and suddenly you'll find that the tragic state of east-west relations will make sense to you. You probably won't like it - but it will make sense.