Ambassadors at Sea: The High and Low Adventures of a Diplomat

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In 1969, Henry Catto was selling insurance in San Antonio, Texas. Just twenty years later, he presented his credentials as ambassador to the Court of St. James's to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace. In this engaging memoir, he retraces his journey from Texas outsider to Washington insider, providing a fascinating look at the glamour, day-to-day work, and even occasional danger that come with being a high-level representative of the United States government.

Catto's posts brought him into contact with the world's most powerful leaders and left him with a wealth of stories, which he recounts amusingly in these pages. He was the official host for Queen Elizabeth's visit to America during the Bicentennial year—and one of José Napoleon Duarte's protectors after his failed 1972 coup attempt in El Salvador. Catto accompanied Richard Nixon on his historic trip to Russia, sparred with Bill Moyers and the producers of "60 Minutes" as Caspar Weinberger's spokesman at the Pentagon, and hosted George Bush's planning meeting with Margaret Thatcher at the beginning of the Persian Gulf War. In telling these and other stories, he offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into how political power really works in Washington, London, and other world capitals.

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Henry E. Catto Jr. was deputy U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States and ambassador to El Salvador, the United Nations Office in Geneva, and Great Britain, as well as U.S. Chief of Protocol, Assistant Secretary of Defense, and Director of the U.S. Information Agency. He lives in San Antonio and Woody Creek, Colorado.

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"When it comes to foreign affairs, Henry E. Catto Jr. may not have seen it all, but he's come close—and seen most of the world, besides. For more than two decades, Catto served Republican presidents in a succession of lofty posts in which he was an on-the-scene observer of historic events. . . . Catto has now written Ambassadors at Sea, a delightful memoir with humorous reflections on the inevitable mishaps and errors that plague dealings with folks from different cultures. . . . Indeed, there is something for everyone in Catto's memoir. Lovers of the capital's lavish social scene will find ample accounts of elegant Georgetown dinners along with details of White House entertaining." (San Antonio Express-News 1998-11-08)

"Henry Catto served our country with integrity in a variety of important posts. Here Ambassador Catto, sometimes with humor, sometimes with pathos, takes us on a public service journey that should engage all who are interested in what it is like to unselfishly serve. In a wonderfully unpretentious way, Mr. Catto brings alive our embassy in the UK, the U.S. Information Service, and so much else. This citizen ambassador, this true friend of mine, has written a fascinating book." (George H. W. Bush)

"John Kenneth Galbraith once advised the United States taxpayers that they had really got the better of the deal when they sent him as ambassador to India: His memoirs of his stay there generated more IRS revenue than was lost to the government by paying his salary in office. It should be so too for Henry Catto, who gives us in this wonderful book not only an inside look at Great Britain, where he served as ambassador, but an inside look at presidents and kings and government institutions and crotchets. What keeps you reading avidly is the charm, the candor, and the humor. Put me down as one taxpayer redundantly rewarded after reading Ambassadors at Sea." (William F. Buckley Jr.)

"The charm and wit of Henry Catto make for great storytelling. His adventures with presidents, queens, and heads of state provide entertaining insights into the high art of diplomacy." (Ann W. Richards)

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