Inside a U.S. Embassy: Diplomacy at Work, All-New, Third Edition of the Essential Guide to the Foreign Service (Google eBook)

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Shawn Dorman
Potomac Books, Inc., Apr 11, 2011 - Political Science - 282 pages
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Who works in an embassy? What do diplomats actually do? Inside a U.S. Embassy offers an up-close and personal look into the lives of the diplomats and specialists who make up the U.S. Foreign Service, taking readers inside embassies and consulates in more than fifty countries, providing detailed descriptions of Foreign Service jobs and first-hand accounts of diplomacy in action. Gain a sense of the key role played by each member of an embassy team from Paris to Kabul, from Bogota to Beijing, and places in between. Travel into the rainforests of Thailand with an environmental affairs officer, face rampaging militias with a political officer in East Timor, and join an ambassador on a midnight trip into a Macedonian refugee camp to quell a riot. The book includes profiles of diplomats and specialists around the world serving in Foreign Service positions -- from the ambassador to the security officer, the consular officer to the IT specialist. Also included is a selection of day-in-the-life accounts from seventeen different countries, each describing an actual day on the job. The story section includes twenty-six tales from the field that give a sense of the extraordinary: the coups, the evacuations, the civil wars, the hardships and rewards of representing America to the world. Inside a U.S. Embassy was published by the American Foreign Service Association in 2003, and updated and revised in 2005. Over 70,000 copies have sold.

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User Review  - John_Vaughan - LibraryThing

This is the official FSO guide book – edited by Shawn Dorman but, in effect, written by 30 or so Foreign Service Officers in their own words. It gives a very good insight into the work of the United ... Read full review

Review: Inside a US Embassy: Diplomacy at Work, The Essential Guide to the Foreign Service

User Review  - Brian Weisz - Goodreads

If you're wondering what goes on in a US embassy, this is the book for you. The book details many of the people employed in the Foreign Service, daily life overseas, a day in the life of the various ... Read full review


Introductory Section
Profiles Who Works in an Embassy?
Foreign Service Work and Life Embassy Employee Family
A Day in the Life of the Foreign Service OneDay Journals
The Foreign Service in Action Tales from the Field
So You Want to Join the Foreign Service?

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About the author (2011)

Shawn Dorman is the associate editor of the Foreign Service Journal and directs the book program for the American Foreign Service Association. She has written extensively on issues related to the diplomatic career. A former U.S. Foreign Service political officer, Dorman has served in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, and Russia and in the State Department Operations Center in Washington, DC. She lives with her family outside Baltimore.

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