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The American Ambassador: A Novel

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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)
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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
Amy
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
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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
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Lea Courington
A gripping yet nuanced novel by one of America's best writers.
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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
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