Proud Servant: The Memoirs of a Career Ambassador by Ellis Briggs

By Ellis Briggs

Ellis O. Briggs (1899-1976) entered the overseas provider of the us in 1925. throughout the subsequent 37 years he used to be ambassador to seven nations; the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Czechoslovakia, Korea, Peru, Brazil, and Greece. An 8th appointment, to Spain, was once cancelled while he retired as a result of sickness. He additionally served in Cuba, Chile, Liberia, and China. His memoirs are an exuberant checklist of a proficient diplomat. Briggs reached the top rank possible within the overseas ServiceCareer Ambassadorand bought the Medal of Freedom from President Eisenhower for his carrier in wartime Korea. He won a name for effectively dealing with huge diplomatic missions and working with tough occasions. yet his maximum advantage used to be his honesty, his ardour to document issues simply as he observed them and make coverage concepts despite traditional knowledge in Washington. He hired excessive humorousness, usually to devastating impression, on bureaucrats at domestic in addition to adversaries out of the country. His powerful perspectives approximately coverage occasionally positioned him in clash with others; fellow Dartmouth graduate Nelson Rockefeller had him fired from the overseas provider due to disagreements (Briggs quickly back to the Service). A down-to-earth New Englander with an abiding love of the outside, Briggs used to be dedicated to his spouse and kin in addition to to his kingdom. Proud Servant is filled with insights in regards to the perform of international relations during this century and offers a desirable account of the fashionable international Service.

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