On Six Continents: Life in Canada's Foreign Service 1966-2002
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On Six Continents: Life in Canada's Foreign Service 1966-2002

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Muskoka, the University of Western Ontario, Ottawa, New York, Colombia, Bangladesh, Nicaragua, Peru, Cuba, Israel, Belgium, South Africa, Australia –the place-names tell the story of an amazing career. Then there are the people involved –Trudeau, Clark, and Chrétien, Kissinger, Castro, Rabin, Walesa, Havel, Mandela and dozens of others. Not to mention the moments of high d...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 24th 2004 by Douglas Gibson Books
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This is not a book that I would normally pick - but I so enjoyed his other stories that I took a chance on this one. It's written in a very easy-to-read style, considering the subject matter, and provides a unique Canadian insight into world events that took place over four decades.
Considering how much probably could not be disclosed and the fact that Canada is rarely at the centre of the world stage to provide riveting fodder for this type of book, it was not bad.
Matthew Maclean
Very readable, unpretentious memoir, full of interesting vignettes of diplomacy in Cold War Europe, Israel, Cuba, etc. Lots of funny anecdotes about colourful political personalities. Bartleman reflects judiciously on events such as war and the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, and the relative qualities of leadership shown by Mandela, Havel and Castro.
Really enjoyed this. A great look into the extraordinary life of a foreign service officer and some of the history of Canada's foreign relations.

Bartleman's work has taken him around the globe and into situations that are hard to even fathom for most of us. His work was exciting and important and varied - something I'd love in my own career.
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James Bartleman is the former lieutenant governor of Ontario and the bestselling author of the novels As Long as the River Flows and The Redemption of Oscar Wolfe. A member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, he is also a retired ambassador and a member of the Order of Canada. He lives in Perth, Ontario.
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