Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The American Ambassador: A Novel” as Want to Read:
The American Ambassador: A Novel
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The American Ambassador: A Novel

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The American Ambassador is at once a riveting tale of suspense and a thoughtful meditation on the fragility of Western values in an age of terrorism. William North is a Foreign Service officer who fiercely loves his family and his country. His son, brilliant and thoroughly disaffected, sees his father as the embodiment of all that is corrupt in Western democracies. When th ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 19th 2003 by Mariner Books (first published 1987)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The American Ambassador, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The American Ambassador

Dividers by Travis Adams IrishProgeny by Patrick C. GreeneThe Mind by John     FitzgeraldKaaterskill Falls by Allegra GoodmanDefending Jacob by William Landay
Bonds Between Fathers and Sons
58th out of 84 books — 23 voters
Beloved by Toni MorrisonMort by Terry PratchettWatchmen by Alan MooreThe Drawing of the Three by Stephen KingFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Best Books of 1987
80th out of 152 books — 78 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 109)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Sara Van Dyck
This was hard to follow initially because of shifts in time, location, and points of view, but well worth it. In a prologue, the ambassador’s son recalls observing his father discussing politics and condemning him as part of a corrupt, decadent America. Later the ambassador learns that the CIA suspects his son of terrorist involvement. The ambassador also, as a young man, confronted his father over the government, and angrily declared his intent to become a diplomat. In his complex book, Just as ...more
Very engaging story, about a family riven by....political differences? ...mental illness? At the end of the book I found I am still unsure. I was caught up in the story: the beautifully described reminiscences of protagonist's pasts, the bewilderment of the parents at the antagonism of their child, the attendant anguish, the conflicting loyalties to family and country.

What I found less convincing was the reasons for the son's animosity. They just weren't supplied. This lack partially guts the c
Kurt Keefner
This a novel worth reading. The real draw is the ambassador's son, who just walks away from his parents one evening in Hamburg and finds himself a marxist terrorist group to join. Soon he's kidnapping, bombing and murdering with rest of them.

We get a good luck inside the son's head. What Just shows us is not marxist cant, but the underlying attitude: the son believes there are two kinds of people in the world: the exploiters and the exploited, and the exploited will not be free until the exploit
Lea Courington
A gripping yet nuanced novel by one of America's best writers.
Mark McGowan
Mark McGowan is currently reading it
Jul 14, 2015
Carol marked it as to-read
Apr 06, 2015
Tia marked it as to-read
Feb 20, 2015
Tony Everett
Tony Everett marked it as to-read
Jan 09, 2015
Scott Munden
Scott Munden marked it as to-read
Nov 21, 2014
Toni marked it as to-read
Oct 21, 2014
Kelsey marked it as to-read
Aug 15, 2014
Margaret Dee
Margaret Dee marked it as to-read
Jul 26, 2014
Gilly marked it as to-read
Jul 17, 2014
JoAnn McCoy
JoAnn McCoy marked it as to-read
Jul 04, 2014
Sally marked it as to-read
Jul 02, 2014
Joanne added it
Jun 22, 2014
Scott marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2014
Kristine Pratt
Kristine Pratt marked it as to-read
Apr 20, 2014
Mary Gunderson
Mary Gunderson marked it as to-read
Mar 25, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Ward Just (born 1935) is an American writer. He is the author of 15 novels and numerous short stories.

Ward Just graduated from Cranbrook School in 1953. He briefly attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He started his career as a print journalist for the Waukegan (Illinois) News-Sun. He was also a correspondent for Newsweek and The Washington Post from 1959 to 1969, after which he left
More about Ward Just...
An Unfinished Season Forgetfulness Echo House American Romantic Rodin's Debutante

Share This Book