The Unquiet American

The Unquiet American

Richard Holbrooke in the World

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Widely regarded to possess one of the most penetrating minds of any modern diplomat of any nation, Holbrooke was also well known for his outsized personality, and his capacity to charm and offend in equally colossal measures. In this book, the friends and colleagues who knew him best survey his accomplishments as a diplomat, activist, and author. Excerpts from Holbrooke's own writings further illuminate each significant period of his career.
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781610390781
1610390784
Characteristics: xv, 383 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Power, Samantha
Chollet, Derek H.
Alternative Title: Richard Holbrooke in the world

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Gamarala
Mar 01, 2017

This is a collection of essays, a festschrift, on Holbrooke’s career as a journalist and diplomat. The essays (in addition to Holbrooke’s own writings) are written by qualified experts who knew him well, and should be read by anyone interested in US foreign policy from 1962 on. Holbrooke had a positive impact on the role of the United States throughout this period. If it were a biography it would have included his part in the AIG collapse and its bailout (on which the US made a $23 billion profit), but it is not.

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StarGladiator
May 29, 2016

What a phenomenal man! What a great man! I had no idea until I perused this book!
I had thought that Holbrooke, a director at AIG back in the 2000s [you remember AIG and those massive government TARP fund bailouts, by chance???], a guy who scraped through Columbia University's School of Journalism, was unable to obtain a job at any newspaper, took the Foreign Service example but failed, then decided he'd be an army officer, but flunked the OCS exam - - fortunately his family was connected to Dean Rusk, who get him a job with the State Department [a job Holbrooke never could qualify for] and the rest is history - - was with the Clinton Administration when they welcomed the Taliban to America [oh how so many have forgotten that!!!] - - would later go to Wall Street where his // financial brilliance \\ would pay off handsomely [an overnight financial genius, huh? sounds like the standard political payoff and, oh yeah, did I mention AIG???] - - remember when he was involved with Kosovo and Bosnia, where the Serbs predicted would one day be an Islamist extremist stronghold [they recently came out for ISIS, so I guess history proves the Serbs correct - - and Holbrooke eternally wrong!!!!].
A great man - - according to this book, that is . . .

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