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Mentioned in Despatches - Phnom Penh, Paris, Tokyo, Brussels: Is Diplomacy Dead? [Paperback]

Sir Leslie Fielding
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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Boermans Books (1 April 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0956216749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956216748
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,587,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book for both modern diplomatic historians and the informed general public. The focus is on four major international issues of the 1960s-80s: the Cambodian tragedy; the French 'veto'; the challenge of Japan; the freeing up of world trade. State confidences are laid bare; the techniques of diplomatic reporting, exposed. But there is more to come: times have since changed; diplomatic services have suffered. So, is diplomacy now dead? In an authoritative preface, Sir Christopher Meyer (former Ambassador in Washington; author of "DC Confidential" and "Getting Our Way") writes as follows: "The short answer to the question posed by Leslie Fielding is "no". The long answer is set out by the author, elegantly and rigorously, in this important book ...... Weak leadership at the top of the Foreign Office. A Downing Street deaf to what it did not want to hear ...... Never has diplomacy been more necessary than today, as this fine book demonstrates so eloquently".

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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read 4 July 2013
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This is a wonderful combination of the true and the imagined, very well, even compelling written and full of understanding of the 'great abroad', of people of many different origins and complexion, and in the most readable way, of the human condition. Pity is it not (yet?) a film.
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