The following books provide excellent reading on issues of diplomacy and other aspects of international affairs, as well as the advent of new information technologies in their conduct.
- A Not So Silent Envoy: a Biography of Ambassador Samuel David Berter, by Graenum Berger.
- Diplomatic Chronicles of the Middle East; a Biography of Ambassador Raymond A. Hare, by Paul J. Hare.
- American Ambassadors in a Troubled World; Interviews With Senior Diplomats, by Dayton Mak and Charles Kennedy.
- Twilight of Amateur Diplomacy, by Henry E. Mattox.
- Women in Foreign Policy; the Insiders, by Nancy E. McGlen.
- Education in Diplomacy, by Smith Simpson.
- The Foreign Service of the United States - First Line of Defense, by Andrew L. Steigman, Boulder Colorado, Westview Press, 1985.
- Traditions and Values in Politics and Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, by Kenneth W. Thompson.
- The Foreign Service in 2001, from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University.
The Ugly American, by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick, first published in 1956, is a fictional account of Americans abroad--both as diplomats and as citizens--and an excellent treatment of cross-cultural issues. A product of the Cold War, but as worth reading today as it was when first written.
Witness to History, 1929 to 1969, by Charles Bohlen, is a sizable but entertaining autobiographical account by one of America's ambassadors to the Soviet Union.
215 Days in the Life of an American Ambassador, by Martin Herz, is another autobiographical account, this time by an American ambassador to Bulgaria.
Welcome Home : Who Are You? : Tales of a Foreign Service Family, by Gene Schmiel, is a series of vignettes chronicling the author and his family's experiences in the Foreign Service.
The late Graham Greene served in the British intelligence service during World War II, and many of his novels capture the bleaker side of the life of an intelligence officer, in both "peacetime" and war.
Quiet American - on early American involvement in the wars in Southeast Asia
Man in Havana - a Cold War farce, as a vacuum cleaner salesman is recruited to spy for his country
Comedians - an account of life in Haiti under the Duvalier ("Papa Doc") government
Third Man - intrigue in post-World War II Vienna
Secret Messages : Codebreaking and
American Diplomacy, 1930-1945, by David J. Alvarez, documents the impact of decoded radio messages
(signals intelligence) upon American foreign policy and strategy from 1930 to 1945.
Two books by Ithiel De Sola Pool were excellent forecasts of the changes we see taking place today:
Technologies Without Boundaries
was compiled from writings by Pool prior to his death in 1984.
"It has often been urged that terminals on embassy staff desks would enable a typed message to appear immediately in the terminal of any similar office in Washington. Such a message facility would have the flexibility and instantaneity of the telephone but be cheap enough to be used freely. It would bring the embassy staffs into the same situation as their fellow bureaucrats back home in the United States, who have telephones at hand with which they can talk to anyone they wish, without concern about the cost or availability of lines. Yet this suggestions meets fierce resistance on the grounds that it will prevent effective control and coordination by the ambassador of his team. Anyone in the field would be free to reach anyone in Washington. Back home, this situation does not appear to get out of hand; reasonable norms control whom people actually call directly. But in the foreign services, telecommunication is feared as an instrument of decentralization that reduces hierarchic control." (p. 70)
The following books were suggested by Meridian International and the Smithsonian Associates Program to complement their course on "The Ambassadors: New Diplomacy in a New World:"
- The Politics of Diplomacy, James Baker, Putnam & Sons, 1995.
- Economic Diplomacy, Peter Bergeijk, Brookfield, 1994.
- Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, George Berridge, Prentice Hall, 1995.
- Negotiating Across Cultures, Raymond Cohen, United States Institute of Peace, 1994.
- Force and Statecraft: Diplomatic Problems of Our Time, Gordon A. Craig and Alexander L. George, Oxford University, 1990.
- Diplomacy at the Highest Level: The Evolution of International Summitry, David Dunn, St. Martin's Press, 1996.
Days in the Life of an American Ambassador,* Martin Herz, Institute for the Study ofDiplomacy,
Georgetown University, 1981.
- The Modern Ambassador: The Challenge and the Search,* Martin Herz, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University, 1983.
- "A Diplomat at Century's End", George Kennan, US News and World Report, March 11,
1996, p. 41.
- Diplomacy, Henry
Kissinger, Simon & Schuster, 1995.
Immunity, Grant V. McClanahan, St. Martin's Press, 1989.
an Embassy, Robert H. Miller, Congressional Quarterly Books, 1992.
- Diplomacy,* Sir
Harold Nicholson, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University, 1989.
of the Gate, Selwa Roosevelt, Simon & Schuster, 1990.
- Education in
Diplomacy,* Smith Simpson, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University, 1987.
- Embassies Under
Siege,* Joseph G. Sullivan, Ed., Institute for the Study of Diplomacy,
Georgetown University, 1995.
Others See Us: U.S. Diplomacy Viewed from Abroad,* Margery Thompson,
Institute for the Study of
Diplomacy, Georgetown University, 1990.
- "Twilight of the Diplomats," Tim Zimmerman, US News and World
Report, January 27,
1997, p. 48.
* Institute for the Study of Diplomacy publications may also be ordered by telephoning (202)
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