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Title: Living Abroad with Uncle Sam
Publication Date: 2003
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In this book, Helen Weinland describes her twenty years of service as a "grunt" in the foreign policy trenches. She answers the question, what does an American diplomat actually do-in hostile host countries and in friendly ones, at work and at play? Helen Weinland was fortunate to be on the scene at interesting times. She was in Prague when the Communist authorities slightly relaxed their policy on contacts with Czech dissidents. She watched Nigeria build a democratic successor government to a military dictatorship, and then fail at the job. And the Berlin Wall fell on her watch. This book describes the texture of life for a particular American foreign service officer, female, single, and bright. Weinland talks about the constant household moves, friendships and loneliness, and medical care and security overseas. She has decided opinions about the way the State Department treats its employees. Every arm chair foreign policy wonk, every would-be diplomat currently taking the State Department entry exam, every citizen who cares about the relations of the United States with the rest of the world should read this book.About the Author:
Helen Weinland served as a Foreign Service officer in the United States Department of State for twenty years, from 1974 to 1994. During that time, she was assigned overseas to Zurich, Lagos, Prague, Kigali, Berlin, and Kaduna. She also held assignments in Washington, D.C., from time to time. Prior to her entry in the Foreign Service, We in land taught history at Indiana University as a teaching assistant and as an instructor at Ohio State University. She was educated at Mount Holyoke College, Edinburgh University and Indiana University, where she worked as a graduate student assistant on the staff of Victorian Studies. Since her retirement from the Foreign Service, Weinland has divided her life equally between the coast of Maine and Boston.
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