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Diplomacy and Diamonds: My Wars from the Ballroom to the Battlefield

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She's been dirt poor; she's been filthy rich. Rich was more fun. She married three times, divorced twice, found her true love, and lost him to cancer. At twenty-one, she was told she would soon die. She lived. Doctors said she'd never be able to have children. She had 'em. She's bargained with God, dictators, and Democrats. She's partied with princes, presidents, premiers, ...more
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Published October 19th 2011 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was painful to get through. Instead of talking about her political achievements and work in the Middle East, King Herring spends the majority of the book bragging about how much money she has and all the celebrities she knows.
Jim B
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, biography
This book is a delightful, easy, entertaining read. Joanne King Herring is one of those unique characters, full of life, able to laugh at herself and see the joy in her life as well as open the door on how she processed grief in her own way. This is not the kind of book I usually read, but I couldn't put it down and recommended it to lots of friends. Almost every day I've read it in it, I told my wife new and crazy stories from Diplomacy and Diamonds. It's just that fun.

The author has moved in t
I love to read historical novels - often the fictionalized stories of women engaging with power and wealth. While a few of the best writers can take commoners and produce gripping tales, most writers tell the dramatic stories of princesses, or perhaps the beautiful but impoverished aristocrat or actress who catches the king's eye.

(As a liberal with absolute belief in the goodness of fairness, solidarity, and the importance of the middle class and safety nets, I can't explain why I and so many li
Diana Petty-stone
I remember watching Joanne King's television shows in Houston in the 60's and 70's and thought she was such an interesting and caring lady. Now I know she was far more than that. With a deep belief in God she has overcome financial problems, tragedy and personal loss. She also helped Texas congressman Charlie Wilson and a rogue CIA agent conspire to arm the Afghanistan people in their Cold War battle against Russia. To this day she is still helping Afghanistan with her civilian aid organization ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Joanne King Herring sounds like a very interesting person, (I think another reviewer's comparison to the life of Forest Gump was bang on) but this book, well, it isn't what I was expecting.

It’s mostly a bunch of short, fluffy stories spun from her life. The stories are mostly just name dropping with the occasional mildly veiled barb thrown in for good measure. And a few of the glaring contradictions had me raising an eyebrow. But, that being said, there are some very interesting tidbits in this
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish it would have been more about Afghanistan, but it was okay. She had sort of a Forrest Gump kind of life. It seems like she was a part of so many things and just happened to be in the right place at the right time with all the "right" people. It was entertaining even if a bit too "name dropping" and trivial. I respect Mrs. Herring for all she has overcome, accomplished, learned, and given through out her life.
Very interesting views on life & War in the Middle East
Alicia Brooks
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She is truly something!
Lisa Lucas
Won in goodreads giveaway. Review soon
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