A Stubble-Jumper in Striped Pants: Memoirs of a Prairie Diplomat
By: Earl Drake (author)Hardback
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In the spring of 1989, Earl Drake, Canadian Ambassador to China, found himself in the midst of the Tian'anmen Square crisis. Asked to evacuate Beijing's Canadian residents in a hurry, to maintain control of the embassy and to provide a voice of reason to the media, he resolved to write his memoirs if he made it out unharmed. His recollections offer a fascinating picture of the life of a diplomat and include a first-hand account of the growing depth and complexity of Canada's relations with Asia. Drake knew many of the leaders of the postwar world, and he paints in-depth character sketches of such powerful and controversial figures as Robert McNamara, President Suharto and China's Li Peng, bringing a sense of humanity and fairness to these accounts. What sets his memoir apart is Drake's humour and humility. He is frank about himself and his attitudes and avoids the self-importance that is a feature of many diplomatic memoirs. In his own words, he "looks at the old Central Canadian attitudes of the Department of External Affairs through fresh prairie eyes".
Anyone who wants to know more about Canada's diplomatic activities in Asia should find this memoir engaging, both because of the fine style of writing and the events and people recounted.
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