- Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (July 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595453147
- ISBN-13: 978-0595453146
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Realities of Foreign Service Life, Volume 2 0th Edition
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About the Author
Co-editors Melissa Brayer Hess, Patricia Linderman and Marlene Nice are longtime members of the U.S. Foreign Service community. Marlene is a Foreign Service Officer and former journalist, and Melissa and Patricia are co-editors of the first volume of Realities of Foreign Service Life and co-authors of the book The Expert Expatriate: Your Guide to Successful Relocation Abroad.
Top customer reviews
Benefits: Provides many stories and covers most conceivable aspects of living in the FS environment. Good for those who want to focus on a particular issue and good for those who know nothing about living overseas.
Challenges: Many of the stories in here are similar to the stories in volume one. While the motivation to publish a second volume was correct (to illustrate the many changes in FS life in the post-9/11 world) those changes are not captured in enough detail in here. This volume also seems to have a bleaker tone than the first volume - was that me? or has FS life become bleaker in the post 9/11 world?
Mixed: I love when the authors mention experiences tied to a particular country but often that is omitted (probably for political reasons) or it seems like the same country names keep popping up. Also mixed is that it places heavy emphasis on spousal work issues and family issues but at the detriment of single issues and workplace dynamics issues.
Overall: I would say its value is higher the less you know about living overseas and more so if you have not read volume one. I do not regret purchasing/reading it but I felt somewhat dissatisfied upon completion - hence the score. I wish they would have spent a lot more time on unaccompanied tours, tours as a single, and frankly on the whole workplace interaction (which neither volume, nor the book "Inside a U.S. Embassy: Diplomacy at Work, The Essential Guide to the..." does in enough detail.
It has a lot of information that is practical, such as packing, education, and adjustment issues for your family. Some of the chapters are short and I wished they had elaborated longer but it is still the best source of information.