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Mr. Ambassador: Warrior for Peace

Perkins, Edward J. with Connie Cronley

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ISBN 10: 0806137673 / ISBN 13: 9780806137674
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, 2006
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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560pp. Foreword by George P.Shultz; Preface by David L. Boren. Sky blue boards with dark blue cloth spine and gilt lettering, skyblue endpapers. Dustwrapper not price-clipped, with color photograph of author on front cover, white lettering superimposed. Signed and inscribed on title page: "For - - -With my highest regards, Edward J. Perkins. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002489

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Title: Mr. Ambassador: Warrior for Peace

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed and Inscribed By Author to Someone

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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“Apartheid South Africa was on fire around me.”

So begins the memoir of Career Foreign Service Officer Edward J. Perkins, the first black United States ambassador to South Africa. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan gave him the unparalleled assignment: dismantle apartheid without violence.

As he fulfilled that assignment, Perkins was scourged by the American press, despised by the Afrikaner government, hissed at by white South African citizens, and initially boycotted by black South African revolutionaries, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu. His advice to President-elect George H. W. Bush helped modify American policy and hasten the release of Nelson Mandela and others from prison.

Perkins’s up-by-your-bootstraps life took him from a cotton farm in segregated Louisiana to the white elite Foreign Service, where he became the first black officer to ascend to the top position of director general.

This is the story of how one man turned the page of history.

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Edward J. Perkins, now retired as a U.S. Ambassador, is William J. Crowe Professor of Geopolitics and Executive Director of the International Programs Center at the University of Oklahoma.

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