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An anatomy of diplomacy

WHAT DIPLOMATS DO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DIPLOMATS Brian Barder Rowman & Littlefield, 2014 232 + xii pages; price not indicated Sir Brian Barder portrays the working life of British diplomats through the experiences of a fictitious Adam, from the selection process at entry into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to his retirement. This is divided into chapters matching Adam's jobs. The narrative of Eve, his life partner, is interwoven into it. What might have been a work of realist fiction is leavened with doses of real life; the author's personal experiences presented as ...