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The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal

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From America's "secret diplomatic weapon" (The Atlantic), comes a memoir of service for five Presidents and ten Secretaries of State, an impassioned argument for renewing diplomacy as the tool of first resort in American statecraft.

Ambassador William J. Burns is the most distinguished and admired American diplomat of his generation. Over the course of four decades, he play
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Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Random House
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The definitive, clear-eyed, first person accounting of the highs and lows of American foreign policy and diplomacy in recent decades. Written by one of the great negotiators of our time, a rebuke that statesmanship can be reduced to any art of one deal. Reading this book revived great pride within me for my complicated chosen profession. From the last chapter: "The good news is that there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the potential of American diplomacy. As I hope the pages of thi ...more
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Throughout the “The Back Channel” Author William J. Burns gives the reader an incredible front row seat to the last thirty plus years of American diplomacy (or sometimes the lack of diplomacy!) Through the author’s respectful and thought-provoking critique of the past 5 presidential administrations we are able to see where our foreign policy has served us well and where it has failed. The author does an amazing job of sifting through his years of service focusing on critical events and policies ...more
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William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of st ...more