Living Diplomatically: A Life in the U.S. Foreign Service

Living Diplomatically: A Life in the U.S. Foreign Service

By: William N. Dale (author)Paperback

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In this book, the author passes on to another generation an impression of what it was like to live and work abroad as a U.S. foreign service officer during the years following World War II. The first two episodes show how and why the author went into the Foreign Service, beginning with his youth in Upstate New York and on through to World War II. The allied victory, the subsequent Cold War, and the realization of American power form the background of the twenty-three episodes through which the author and his family lived in many different countries. The posts involved included Copenhagen, Ottawa, London, Ankara, Tel Aviv, Bangui in central Africa, and, of course, Washington, D.C. The book describes diplomatic life in wartime, primitive conditions, and unusual first world situations. It traces the author's career right up to retirement. Dale describes the humorous and stressful sides of life abroad, as well as in the working world he encountered. He hopes others will find it useful and perhaps amusing.

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About Author

William N. Dale was born on February 7, 1919 in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1940, and obtained a Masters Degree from Harvard University in public administration. After wartime duty in the Navy, he joined the U.S, foreign service, serving, among other posts, on the National Security Council staff, the Policy Planning Council, as counselor of embassy in Ankara, deputy chief of mission in Tel Aviv, and as ambassador in the Central African Republic.


Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Near the Beginning: 1920s Chapter 3 Sexual Harassment: 1944 Chapter 4 What is a Bidet: 1946 Chapter 5 The Party: 1947 Chapter 6 Refugees and Ruins: 1947 Chapter 7 The Size of a Fish: 1948 Chapter 8 The Print Plant by Air: 1949 Chapter 9 A Missed Opportunity: 1950 Chapter 10 Running for President: 1951-2 Chapter 11 The Teasing Room: 1953 Chapter 12 My Romance with Lady Astor: 1955 Chapter 13 My Almost Dance with the Queen: 1956 Chapter 14 The Gargoyle: 1957 Chapter 15 The Briefing Book Fails: 1957 Chapter 16 Nixon in London: 1959 Chapter 17 When a Bee is not a Bee: 1962 Chapter 18 Children: 1960-64 Chapter 19 An Embassy in Wartime-The Six Day War: 1967 Chapter 20 Moshe Dayan: 1964-68 Chapter 21 Gefilte Fish: 1965 Chapter 22 Life in Bokassaland: 1973-75 Chapter 23 Pygmies: 1973 Chapter 24 The Inadvertent Cannibals: 1975 Chapter 25 A Backward Glance at the Central African Republic: 1973-7 Chapter 26 Retirement: 1975

Product Details

  • publication date: 25/03/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780761840077
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 76
  • ID: 9780761840077
  • weight: 127
  • ISBN10: 0761840079

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