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Paying calls in Shangri-La : scenes from a woman's life in American diplomacy / Judith M. Heimann.

Author/Creator:
Heimann, Judith M., author.
Publication:
Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2016]
Format/Description:
Book
xii, 233 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series:
ADST-DACOR diplomats and diplomacy series
ADST-DACOR diplomats and diplomacy series
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Subjects:
Heimann, Judith M.
United States. Foreign Service -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Women diplomats -- United States -- Biography.
Diplomats -- United States -- Biography.
Diplomats' spouses -- United States -- Biography.
Diplomacy -- Social aspects -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1989.
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"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Prologue
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
Epilogue
Appendix: Our Foreign Service Career.
Notes:
Includes index.
ISBN:
9780821422328
0821422324
9780821422335
0821422332
9780821445785
OCLC:
948339818