To the Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect

3.68 avg rating
( 22 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780393246582: To the Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect

A former American diplomat reveals a disconnect between Washington policymakers and those who work in US embassies.

When the world awoke on November 28, 2010, and read the first of the 251,287 State Department cables made public by WikiLeaks, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini warned, “It will be the September 11th of world diplomacy.” The WikiLeaks scandal certainly stirred tempers around the world, but it was not the implosion that many leaders expected: rather, it shed a new spotlight on the work of the U.S. foreign service. In To the Secretary, Mary Thompson-Jones explores the most fascinating and overlooked of these cables to offer an unparalleled window into the day-to-day work of U.S. diplomats, demystifying the lives of those who implement America’s foreign policy across the globe.

From the story of Bulgaria’s Aleksi “the Tractor” Petrov to disappearing ballot ink in Ukraine, a Honduran coup d’état, or disaster relief for a devastated Haiti, To the Secretary depicts the work of ambassadors and foreign service officers through their firsthand narratives dealing with crises, corruption, and testy world leaders. Negotiating distinctly un-American customs and corridors of power, these shrewd brokers in embassies from Argentina to Zimbabwe worked tirelessly to promote American diplomacy in a world frequently hostile to the United States.

To the Secretary also reveals the disconnect that diplomats face at home, guided by conflicting approaches from multiple Washington stakeholders intent on their own agenda, often unaware of realities on the ground. In an honest assessment of America’s foreign policy challenges, Thompson-Jones describes the deepening gulf between decision makers in Washington and their diplomats in the field. From misinterpreted analyses of anti-Americanism to Washington’s unwillingness to send resources to support diplomatic activities that could make a difference, To the Secretary shows what policymakers can learn from diplomats abroad―and how this can strengthen America’s place in an unstable world.

---

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Mary Thompson-Jones, director of the global studies and international relations program at Northeastern University, was a career diplomat and foreign policy practitioner in the U.S. Department of State for twenty-three years. She lives in Boston.

Review:

“Mary Thompson-Jones has used the trove of WikiLeaks cables to provide a fascinating account of how diplomacy really works from the bottom up.”
- Joseph Nye, Harvard University, author of Is the American Century Over?

“Mary Thompson-Jones joined the foreign service in early 1989, one of the most fascinating moments in recent world history. With To the Secretary, Thompson-Jones gives us a through-the-keyhole view of high-stakes diplomacy, the quiet drama of secret cables, and the endlessly fascinating real-world problems that diplomats on the front lines of conflict zones and backstage political battles face every day. Via the WikiLeaks scandal, Thompson-Jones illustrates emergency responses within the foreign service and the role it played in steadying a teetering tower of foreign policy secrets.”
- Ian Bremmer, president, Eurasia Group

“For students of diplomacy, and also for diplomats themselves, the WikiLeaks documents including reports from U.S. foreign service officers was a fortunate revelation. Whatever the embarrassment they caused, they demonstrate, as Mary Thompson-Jones masterfully shows in her expert and fair analysis, why American foreign policy should be, but too often is not, shaped by the perspectives, knowledge, and perceptions of experienced diplomats in the field.”
- Alan K. Henrikson, director of diplomatic studies, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

“Captivating. . . . In Ms. Thompson-Jones’s capable hands, the WikiLeaks cables, however maliciously and haphazardly leaked, offer an opportunity to examine American diplomacy in near-real time.”
- Nicholas Gallagher, Wall Street Journal

“This amazing book should be on the reading list of every course on international relations, diplomacy, and U.S. foreign policy. Beautifully written by an experienced diplomat, it brings to life actual challenges that officials at American embassies face daily, by presenting revealing quotes from 251,287 leaked telegrams on subjects ranging from crises to corruption.”
- Ambassador (ret.) William A. Rugh, Tufts University

“A breezy, informative profile on foreign service that serves as an inviting primer for prospective diplomats and their admirers.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“As a former career diplomat in the State Department, Thompson-Jones offers an insider’s richly detailed understanding of how these diplomatic institutions work. . . . Not just highly readable, but even―nota bene―surprisingly entertaining. . . . [An] informative read about the nature of contemporary American diplomacy, in the field and back at home.”
- Kenneth Anderson, Lawfare

“This well-organized and readable book amply succeeds in fulfilling one of Thompson-Jones’ main objectives―to use the words and stories of Foreign Service officers to ‘demystify their work.’”
- Publishers' Weekly

“Highly recommended for students of diplomacy and those seeking knowledge about recent American foreign policy.”
- Library Journal

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Thompson-Jones, Mary
ISBN 10: 0393246582 ISBN 13: 9780393246582
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Big River Books
(Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: New. We ship daily Monday - Friday!. Bookseller Inventory # 1EY82M00BPQU

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.49
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Thompson-jones, Mary
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2016)
ISBN 10: 0393246582 ISBN 13: 9780393246582
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
HALCYON BOOKS
(LONDON, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. DISPATCHED FROM THE UK WITHIN 24 HOURS ( BOOKS ORDERED OVER THE WEEKEND DISPATCHED ON MONDAY) BY ROYAL MAIL. ALL OVERSEAS ORDERS SENT BY AIR MAIL. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000509477

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.24
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Thompson-Jones, Mary
Published by W W Norton and Co Inc (2016)
ISBN 10: 0393246582 ISBN 13: 9780393246582
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W W Norton and Co Inc, 2016. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # KB-9780393246582

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Mary Thompson-Jones
Published by WW Norton Publishers
ISBN 10: 0393246582 ISBN 13: 9780393246582
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0393246582

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Thompson-Jones, Mary
Published by W W Norton and Co Inc (2016)
ISBN 10: 0393246582 ISBN 13: 9780393246582
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W W Norton and Co Inc, 2016. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780393246582

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Thompson-Jones, Mary
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393246582 ISBN 13: 9780393246582
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0393246582 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # SWATI2132379356

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Mary Thompson-jones
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0393246582 ISBN 13: 9780393246582
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. An insider s look into the day-to-day work of US diplomats, To the Secretary offers an unparalleled window into American foreign policy as it plays out around the world. In a tour of the most fascinating and overlooked State Department cables leaked by hackers in November 2010, Mary Thompson-Jones depicts the work of ambassadors and foreign service officers through their first-hand narratives dealing with crises, corruption, anti-Americanism and difficult world leaders. From the story of Bulgaria s Aleksi The Tractor Petrov to disappearing ballot ink in Ukraine, she reveals the depth and breadth of embassy life. Honest and critical, To the Secretary describes the gulf between decision makers in Washington and diplomats in the field-and what that means. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780393246582

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Mary Thompson-jones
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0393246582 ISBN 13: 9780393246582
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. An insider s look into the day-to-day work of US diplomats, To the Secretary offers an unparalleled window into American foreign policy as it plays out around the world. In a tour of the most fascinating and overlooked State Department cables leaked by hackers in November 2010, Mary Thompson-Jones depicts the work of ambassadors and foreign service officers through their first-hand narratives dealing with crises, corruption, anti-Americanism and difficult world leaders. From the story of Bulgaria s Aleksi The Tractor Petrov to disappearing ballot ink in Ukraine, she reveals the depth and breadth of embassy life. Honest and critical, To the Secretary describes the gulf between decision makers in Washington and diplomats in the field-and what that means. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780393246582

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Mary Thompson-jones
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0393246582 ISBN 13: 9780393246582
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 2016. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. An insider s look into the day-to-day work of US diplomats, To the Secretary offers an unparalleled window into American foreign policy as it plays out around the world. In a tour of the most fascinating and overlooked State Department cables leaked by hackers in November 2010, Mary Thompson-Jones depicts the work of ambassadors and foreign service officers through their first-hand narratives dealing with crises, corruption, anti-Americanism and difficult world leaders. From the story of Bulgaria s Aleksi The Tractor Petrov to disappearing ballot ink in Ukraine, she reveals the depth and breadth of embassy life. Honest and critical, To the Secretary describes the gulf between decision makers in Washington and diplomats in the field-and what that means. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780393246582

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Thompson-Jones, Mary
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2016)
ISBN 10: 0393246582 ISBN 13: 9780393246582
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 0393246582

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 24.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book