Testimonials

Ann Blackman, author of Seasons of Her Life: A Biography of Madeleine Korbel Albright
“A clear, unvarnished look at life in the United States Foreign Service, what works, and what doesn’t. Career Diplomacyshould be must reading for every foreign service officer—and everyone else who represents our country overseas.”

Stephen W. Bosworth, dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
“Harry Kopp and Charles Gillespie have produced an insightful and comprehensive response to the questions, ‘What is the foreign service and why do we need it?’ This is a required read for anyone contemplating a career in the foreign service.”

Chester A. Crocker, James R. Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies, Georgetown University
“Career Diplomacy is a fascinating and readable book about one of America’s lesser known assets — the diplomatic service. As Ambassador, I recognized how critical these foreign service people are to America’s place in the world. This tells that story.”

Lawrence S. Eagleburger, former Secretary of State
“The best description of life in the foreign service — its challenges, dangers, satisfactions, and fun — I have ever seen. It paints a superb picture of life abroad and at home, including both its good and bad aspects, and does a brilliant job of pointing out how our diplomacy must change if it is to meet the tremendous changes and challenges of the twenty-first century.”

John R. Galvin, former supreme Allied Commander in Europe and former commander-in-chief, U.S. European Command
“Frank, incisive, and a good read, this book told me many things I never really understood about the foreign service. I don”t know how we got along without it.”

Louis W. Goodman, dean, School of International Service, American University
“Career Diplomacy is an informative, entertaining, and inspirational read. Intended as a guide to the United States Foreign Service for the interested layman, the book is equally useful to individuals considering careers in the foreign service; to policy professionals who need to know how a critical component of government functions; or to citizens simply wanting to know how they are served by the professionals who represent them overseas, carry out foreign operations on the ground, and advise their government on foreign policy. Within ten crisply written chapters the authors illuminate the purposes, history, structure, and future of the foreign service. They do so with insight and charm, drawing heavily on the experiences of dozens of foreign service women and men. Reading this book will inspire young people to yearn for a foreign service career; will generate collegial confidence among policymakers in other government branches; and will assure citizens that their foreign service tax dollars are well spent.”

Susan Johnson, president, American Foreign Service Association
“A great resource for anyone considering a foreign service career.”

Ronald E. Neumann, president, American Academy of Diplomacy and former ambassador to Afghanistan
“Current, dispassionate, and accurate, Career Diplomacy is the must read book for those seeking understanding of today’s foreign service. From traditional diplomacy to work in the provinces of Afghanistan and Iraq, it is all here.”