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Frontline Diplomacy

opens a window into the lives of American diplomats and U.S. foreign policy -- how it is formulated in Washington and implemented at our embassies abroad. Transcripts of more than 1,300 interviews with U.S. diplomatic personnel capture their experiences, motivations, personal analyses, and private thoughts. (Library of Congress)

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Interesting Fact:

From the creation of Israel in 1948 to the present, the Middle East has been a focus of American interest. There is no place for diplomatic dilettantes in places such as Algeria, Lebanon, Jordan, or Syria. There is good reason that no president wants to put amateurs into this very volatile part of the world.
On the way to present his credentials, Ambassador Clarence Gauss crosses river to Chungking, China, May 26, 1941. Photo courtesy of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.

Ambassador Clarence Gauss

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