American Statecraft: The Story of the U.S. Foreign Service

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Macmillan, Nov 19, 2013 - History - 932 pages
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This magisterial work on American diplomacy by a veteran journalist and historian is the first complete history of the U.S. Foreign Service

American Statecraft is a fascinating and comprehensive look at the unsung men and women of the U.S. Foreign Service whose dedication and sacrifices have been a crucial part of our history for over two centuries. Fifteen years in the making, veteran journalist and historian Moskin has traveled the globe conducting hundreds of interviews both in and out of the State Department to look behind the scenes at America’s “militiamen of diplomacy.”

As the nation’s eyes and ears, our envoys pledge a substantial part of their lives in foreign lands working for the benefit of their nation. Endeavoring to use dialogue and negotiation as their instruments of change, our diplomats tirelessly work to find markets for American business, rescue its citizens in trouble abroad, and act in general as “America’s first line of defense” in policy negotiations, keeping America out of war. But it took generations to polish these skills, and Moskin traces America’s full diplomatic history, back to its amateur years coming up against seasoned Europeans during the days of Ben Franklin, now considered the father of the U.S. Foreign Service, and up to the recent Benghazi attack. Along the way, its members included many devoted and courageous public servants, and also some political spoilsmen and outright rogues.

An important contribution to the political canon, American Statecraft recounts the history of the United States through the lens of foreign diplomacy.

  

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American Statecraft: The Story of the U.S. Foreign Service

User Review  - Krista Bush - Book Verdict

Moskin (Mr. Truman's War) presents an extensive survey of the U.S. Foreign Service from 1776 to the present when our global affairs require diplomacy to play a critical part in world security. After ... Read full review

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User Review  - Aisling - Goodreads

I'm not sure it has ever taken me longer to finish a book--all 944 pages--but I was fascinated by most of them. To say this book is comprehensive is putting it mildly. Moskin's unbelievably detailed ... Read full review

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An award-winning historian and journalist, J. ROBERT MOSKIN has written nine books including a definitive history of the U.S. Marine Corps and an account of the final battles of WWII. He served for nineteen years as an editor of  Look magazine, spending the last five years as its Foreign Editor. He has also served as an editor of Collier's and The Saturday Review, as well as the editorial director of  The Aspen Institute  and The Commonwealth Fund. He lives in New York City and Massachusetts.

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