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Our Man in Vienna
The wit and charm that marked Our Man in Belize enlivens Richard Timothy Conroy's new "diplomatic memoir," in a posting that couldn't have a more different location. But the wheels of lower-level diplomacy, it turns out, turn at the same rate whatever the setting. Plucked from the cost of Central America and put down in post-World-War II Vienna, land of Der Rosencavalier a ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published August 11th 2000 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Conroy's tales of his work as a consular official in Vienna in the 1950's and 60's are entertaining, especially for fans of his writing. He tried to help the people he worked with, foreigners looking for visas and US citizens looking for help, but their quirks did not make it easy. His main interests remain his beloved pianos, his family, and food. This book by an underrated writer has the appeal of listening to an entertaining raconteur relate his polished stories.