Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Books on Life in the Diplomatic Fold

Lest you think that State’s internal culture is a new subject -- you can read  A Theory of Public Bureaucracy: Politics, Personality, and Organization in the State Department by David Warwick from Harvard Press (1975).  There is also Managing Diplomacy (1984) where career diplomat, Harrison M. Holland writes about it at length (see pages 172-187). The surprising thing is how the organization has both changed and remained the same in so many ways. The most recent book about the service is Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the U.S. Foreign Service by former Foreign Service officer, Harry Kopp and the late Ambassador Charles Gillespie (former ambassador to Grenada, Colombia and Chile). The last one is a good read, although it does not go deep enough on the internal life of the organization:

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