The Honourable Consul: A Story of Diplomacy

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""An honorary consul should be a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you look forward to the trip"" – Anon.

In these illuminating memoirs, Antony McCammon recounts his experiences as British Honorary Consul in Zurich, a post which he occupied for eleven years. With his background as a banker, he reveals the workings of diplomacy from an unusual perspective one in which his proximity to key diplomats and political figures such as Edward Heath gives readers a unique glimpse behind-the-scenes at the workings of power. With his knowledge of Swiss banking, combined with astute political insights, wit and anecdotes, McCammon presents to us the reality beneath the workings of British diplomacy in the context of Switzerland. From Swiss banking to microfinance, a topic which he effectively analyses in describing his encounter with Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus, the author provides a nuanced and knowledgeable insight into global finance, presenting a remarkably honest perspective on a world which few know well.

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Antony McCammon studied at Marlborough College, the Sorbonne, Paris, France, and McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He has had a career in international banking and environmental studies, and has travelled widely. He was British Honorary Consul at Zürich for eleven years.

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