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Outpost -- Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy

Hill, Christopher R.

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ISBN 10: 1451685912 / ISBN 13: 9781451685916
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 2014
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If you want to understand many post Cold War conflicts, what the US did about them, what worked and what didn't, you could do no better than Ambassador Chris Hill's stimulating and thought-provoking memoir. He was there -- the Balkans, North and South Korea, Poland, Iraq, mostly as ambassador, and of course Washington. There are many more places, events and people covered in this wonderful memoir of Hill's frontlines participation in the diplomatic action of the past two decades. This is an UNREAD copy of the first edition, fourth printing, in As New condition (number line starts with "4"), and SIGNED by Hill on the full title page. To many people who have "been there," Ambassador Hill's experiences reflect the real Foreign Service -- not endless cocktail parties in the glamorous venues of Europe or sumptuous stays in the world's top watering holes, but hard and dangerous work in the diplomatic trenches and the backwaters of the world that are currently the centers of world strife. Bookseller Inventory # 150445

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Title: Outpost -- Life on the Frontlines of ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: B & W pohtographs

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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An “inside the room” memoir from one of our most distinguished ambassadors who—in a career of service to the country—was sent to some of the most dangerous outposts of American diplomacy. From the wars in the Balkans to the brutality of North Korea to the endless war in Iraq, this is the real life of an American diplomat.

Hill was on the front lines in the Balkans at the breakup of Yugoslavia. He takes us from one-on-one meetings with the dictator Milosevic, to Bosnia and Kosovo, to the Dayton conference, where a truce was brokered. Hill draws upon lessons learned as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon early on in his career and details his prodigious experience as a US ambassador. He was the first American Ambassador to Macedonia; Ambassador to Poland, where he also served in the depth of the cold war; Ambassador to South Korea and chief disarmament negotiator in North Korea; and Hillary Clinton’s hand-picked Ambassador to Iraq.

Hill’s account is an adventure story of danger, loss of comrades, high stakes negotiations, and imperfect options. There are fascinating portraits of war criminals (Mladic, Karadzic), of presidents and vice presidents (Clinton, Bush and Cheney, and Obama), of Secretaries of State (Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Clinton), of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and of Ambassadors Richard Holbrooke and Lawrence Eagleburger. Hill writes bluntly about the bureaucratic warfare in DC and expresses strong criticism of America’s aggressive interventions and wars of choice.

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Christopher R. Hill is currently the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a monthly columnist for the online journal Project Syndicate. He was a career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, who served as Ambassador to Iraq, the Republic of Korea, Poland, and the Republic of Macedonia and as President Bush’s assistant secretary to East Asia. Hill has received many State Department awards including the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award and the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations. He is the author of Outpost—Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir. Follow @AmbChrisHill.

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