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Good Manners and Bad Behaviour: The Unofficial Rules of Diplomacy
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2010
This book was given to me as a present, and I kept it for some time before finding time to read it - then couldn't put it down. It is well-written, fun, interesting, amusing and informative. It gives you a real insight into the life of a diplomat (and diplomat's family). It is well-thought-out and very entertaining. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2010
A thoroughly enjoyable read, the stories are very entertaining and I also feel I have a little more understanding of the day to day life of a Diplomacy, oh the glamour! Definitely worth a read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2010
This is a delightful book full of charming and amusing anecdotes. Very witty and entertaining. I hope there will be a second book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2010
I found this an extremely easy read in the best way possible. The mixture of light anecdotal style bookended by dotty old-school, official advice mined from previous times gave sly insights into the diplomatic world. It entertained me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2010
I found this book an excellent window into a diplomatic world I know nothing about. Relaxing and entertaining reading.
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My husband is a retired American Diplomat, we enjoyed reading this book. I bought two and gave one to a friend on her birthday who appreciated it very much. Well written, finished in 2 days and so very true.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2011
A very amusing collection of anecdotes that had me laugh out loud in places. Unfortunately the book has suffered from very poor (or no) editing, with basic punctuation and spelling mistakes that make for an annoying read in places. I would still recommend it though, as overall the amusement from the content outweighs the irritation caused by the incorrect use of English
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2010
This is a poor book. Its essentially a collection of anecdotes which can be placed along a spectrum ranging from the baffling inane to the brain pole-axingly boring. There's no real attempt to recount what life is actually like in an embassy; emotions and values are totally ignored at the expense of bizarre comments about what it is like to have plumbing problems in Nigeria. If the intricacies of third-world infastructure are a source of fascination, this is for you.

Tacked on to the authors 'memoirs' is a sort of 'how to' guide to diplomacy. In keeping with the level of gravitas displayed by the rest of the book, this section deals with perennial problems such as;summer gloves - should they be worn? and the intricacies of arranging a seating plan for dinner.

Christopher Meyer's DC COnfidential is a far more readable and substantial offering on pretty much the same subject.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This was a mistaken purchase as it does not cover my period of history. However, it arrived promptly and well pckaged.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2008
Funny and informative, this is a good book to read on the beach or on the train to work.
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