The American ambassador

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1987 - Fiction - 326 pages
William North is a devoted father and a successful foreign service officer who has spent many years abroad in service to his country. But his son, given every opportunity in life, has turned his back on father and fatherland and joined a West German terrorist organization.

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Quite literally this is a story of father against son. Bill North is a Foreign Service Officer with strong loyalty to his job and marriage. His son, Bill Jr., sees his father as all things corrupt and ... Read full review

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In a hospital because of the lingering effects of an old wound, William North reflects on his 20-odd years as a successful Foreign Service officer. Now his career and all that he values are threatened ... Read full review

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Ward Just (born 1935 in Waukegan, Illinois) is an American writer. He is the author of 15 novels and numerous short stories. Ward Just briefly attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He started his career as a print journalist for the Waukegan (Illinois) News-Sun. He was also a correspondent for Newsweek and The Washington Post from 1959 to 1969, after which he left journalism to write fiction. His novel, An Unfinished Season, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2005. His novel Echo House was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1997. He has twice been a finalist for the O. Henry Award: in 1985 for his short story About Boston, and again in 1986 for his short story The Costa Brava, 1959. His most recent novel is entitled, Exiles in the Garden.

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