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The Embassy: A Story of War and Diplomacy Hardcover – November 21, 2016
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In a country at war, embassies are sort of a ship in a storm―stable and self-contained but yawing wildly in the turmoil around them. More than that, though, they are the forward point of America, a place where our country engages the rest of the world. America starts at its embassies, and the inner working of them are fascinating, largely unknown and incalculably important. The Embassy is a truly harrowing and important account of an American embassy in what [was] arguably the most chaotic and violent country in the world… It is, I think, a book that every reading American should have.(Sebastian Junger, Bestselling author of "The Perfect Storm")
Dante Paradiso has performed a singular public service in bringing this tale of modern American diplomacy to life. This story of Liberia amid human tragedy and regime change is the real thing… The narrative is gripping. The reader gets an unvarnished portrait of a traumatized society and the extraordinary efforts of a handful of American public servants in Monrovia and Washington to bring desperately needed change. Here are heroes just doing their job.(Chester A. Crocker, James R. Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Georgetown University)
About the Author
Dante Paradiso is a writer, lawyer, and career Foreign Service Officer who has served extensively in Africa and Asia. He is the author of The Pure Life, a novel, and has contributed opinion pieces to the online editions of Foreign Affairs, National Geographic Voices, and, through the Tribune News Service, the Miami Herald, the Tampa Tribune, the Akron Beacon Journal, and Newsday, among others. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Paradiso practiced financial services and bankruptcy law with Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston. Mr. Paradiso received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles and his B.A. in Political Science from Yale, after preparing at The Horace Mann School. He is a recipient of the State Department's Heroism Award (group) and Superior Honor Award, and the U.S. Army's Superior Civilian Service Award. He comes from New York City and when not on assignment makes his home in Portland, Oregon with his wife, son, and dog.
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It was great to hear the names of places and people again. People who really made a difference. I had a chance to meet Col Sandusky in Liberia but never knew her background with the country. I wish this book was out in 2012.
Highly recommend for anyone with interest in LIberia or interest in the roles of an American Embassy in a conflict. Incredible story about incredible people.
The book tells the story of Liberia and how the US Embassy helped to stave off the massacre of thousands and helped to bring a peaceful end to a civil war. It almost sounds too good to be true yet the story is told in a carefully detailed way.
I rarely give a book 5 stars but I enjoyed it that much and I think others will too.