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Paying Calls in Shangri-la: Scenes From a Woman's Life in American Diplomacy

Judith M. Heimann
Format
Book
Published
Athens : Ohio University Press, 2016.
Language
English
Series
An ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Series
ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Series
ISBN
9780821422328, 0821422324, 9780821422335, 0821422332, 9780821445785
Summary
"Judith M. Heimann entered the diplomatic life in 1958 to join her husband, John, in Jakarta, Indonesia, at his American Embassy post. This, her first time out of the United States, would set her on a path across the continents as she mastered the fine points of diplomatic culture. She did so first as a spouse, then as a diplomat herself, thus becoming part of one of the Foreign Service's first tandem couples. Heimann's lively recollections of her life in Africa, Asia, and Europe show us that when it comes to reconciling our government's requirements with the other government's wants, shuttle diplomacy, Skype, and email cannot match on-the-ground interaction. The ability to gauge and finesse gesture, tone of voice, and unspoken assumptions became her stock-in-trade as she navigated, time and again, remarkably delicate situations. This insightful and witty memoir gives us a behind-the-scenes look at a rarely explored experience: that of one of the very first married female diplomats, who played an unsung but significant role in some of the important international events of the past fifty years. To those who know something of today's world of diplomacy, Paying Calls in Shangri-La will be an enlightening tour through the way it used to be--and for aspiring Foreign Service officers and students, it will be an inspiration"--
Contents
  • Political apprenticeship in Africa
  • Paying calls
  • Party magic
  • Domestic dramas
  • Diplomacy at the dining table
  • Learning to drive a bargain
  • Girl talk
  • Swifts in the eaves
  • Among ex-headhunters
  • A "tandem" wife on trial
  • A moment of Cold War intrigue
  • Getting out in public
  • Latin tags
  • Heroics in the hinterland
  • Farewell to Africa
  • Back in the heart of Europe
  • Being in charge
  • Encores
  • Honesty, the best policy.
Description
xii, 233 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes index.
Technical Details
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