Monday, November 10, 2014

Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the U.S. Foreign Service by Kopp and Gillespie (Book Review #105 of 2014)

This book details the history and evolution of, as well as the present challenges facing, the U.S. Foreign Service. This is the 2nd edition of the book, published in 2011 and very informative. The authors do a good job compiling information from interviews with various FSOs and show the good and bad of the Service. I consider it a must-read for anyone interested in applying. The authors explain the various uses of the Foreign Service and the current challenges of developing military and civilian cooperation in the U.S. practice of nation building in places like the Middle East. Current controversies are detailed, along with recruitment practices, policies for advancement, salary scales, etc. This book is basically a one-stop shop for information and contains pages of highly entertaining stories from the field. 5 stars out of 5.

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