The Ambassadors

American Diplomats on the Front Lines
Product Number: EB00756290
Released: Sep 17, 2019
Business Term: 1 Year
ISBN: #9781501172427
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Description

Veteran foreign reporter Paul Richter goes behind the battles and the headlines to show how American ambassadors are the unconventional warriors in the Muslim world-running local government, directing drone strikes, nation-building, and risking their lives on the front lines. The State Department's heroes are the front-line diplomats who have been unheralded, but crucial in the line of national defense for two decades of wars in the Middle East. In The Ambassadors, Paul Richter shares the astonishing, true-life stories of four expeditionary diplomats who "do the hardest things in the hardest places." We'll see Ryan Crocker's effort to organize a new Afghan government after the fall of the Taliban, even threatening the life of a Pashtun warlord, a US ally, to ensure that a column of tanks could join US forces in the biggest battle of the Afghan war. Ryan Robert Ford, the sole American official for the province of Najaf in central Iraq, tries to restart the economy and deal with growing militia violence-and was held hostage by a Shia militia. J. Christopher Stevens began a two-year assignment in the US embassy in Libya. He was killed in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the Benghazi mission; however, his death helps persuade President Obama that the country should limit its role in the Middle East. Finally, Anne Patterson arrived in Islamabad in July, 2007. Patterson was chosen for Pakistan-considered the world's most dangerous country-by proving her skills in a series of grueling assignments, including as ambassador to Colombia at the height of the anti-drug war. Richter's account of the role of America's diplomats in the wars in the Middle East and the Muslim world supplies a crucial and-until now-missing part of how these wars are being fought. An important addition to appreciating the roles of these diplomats, and an in-depth look into the complexity and length of these wars and nation-building, The Ambassadors is a critical piece of modern day history.

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Author(s): Paul Richter
Original Publish Date: Sep 17, 2019

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