Be: To Exist Through Past, Present, Future, Space, Motion and Time
In the U.S. Foreign Service, there are few days free from excitement or danger. Through the medium of his personal diaries, the author describes a parlous life with his family in distant lands, including trouble spots such as Venezuela, El Salvador, Colombia, Kenya, Grenada, Saudi Arabia, and India. The book shows how the career U.S. Foreign Service contributes to the nation's well-being every day despite the miscalculations and interference of politicians. The author argues that an independent career Service must be preserved at all costs from partisan anxieties and political influence. He highlights the humanity, humor, and sacrifice of the Foreign Service and scoffs at the Hollywood version of the lazy bureaucrat sitting comfortably behind a desk all day denying visas. This book should go far toward persuading U.S. citizens that a career Foreign Service is their first line of defense abroad and that it continues to advance their interests resolutely every day without fear or favor.
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