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War on peace : the end of diplomacy and the decline of American influence /

by Farrow, Ronan.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company , c2018Description: xxxiii, 392 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780393652109.Subject(s): Holbrooke, Richard C., 1941-2010 | United States. Department of State | Diplomacy | Afghan War, 2001- | World politics -- 21st century | United States -- Foreign relations -- 21st century | United States -- Foreign relations administration | United States -- Politics and government -- 2017- | United States -- Foreign relations -- Pakistan | Pakistan -- Foreign relations -- United States | This contribution to Bissell Library was made by the George B. Zotiades Memorial Fund
Contents:
Prologue. Mahogany Row Massacre -- Part I. The last diplomats. 1. American myths -- 2. Lady Taliban -- 3. Dick -- 4. The Mango Case -- 5. The other Haqqani network -- 6. Duplicity -- 7. The frat house -- 8. Mission: Impossible -- 9. Walking on glass -- 10. Farmer Holbrooke -- 11. A little less conversation -- 12. A-Rod -- 13. Promise me you'll end the war -- 14. The wheels come off the bus -- 15. The memo -- 16. The real thing -- Part II. Shoot first, ask questions never. 17. General rule -- 18. Dostum : he is telling the truth and discouraging all lies -- 19. White Beast -- 20. The shortest spring -- 21. Midnight at the ranch -- Part III. Present at the destruction. 22. The state of the Secretary -- 23. The mosquito and the sword -- 24. Meltdown -- Epilogue. The tool of first resort.
Summary: The author illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience as a State Department official affords a personal perspective on Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Drawing on newly unearthed documents, and informed by interviews with warlords, whistle-blowers, and policymakers - including every living Secretary of State from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson - he makes the case for an endangered profession.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [315]-375) and index.

Prologue. Mahogany Row Massacre -- Part I. The last diplomats. 1. American myths -- 2. Lady Taliban -- 3. Dick -- 4. The Mango Case -- 5. The other Haqqani network -- 6. Duplicity -- 7. The frat house -- 8. Mission: Impossible -- 9. Walking on glass -- 10. Farmer Holbrooke -- 11. A little less conversation -- 12. A-Rod -- 13. Promise me you'll end the war -- 14. The wheels come off the bus -- 15. The memo -- 16. The real thing -- Part II. Shoot first, ask questions never. 17. General rule -- 18. Dostum : he is telling the truth and discouraging all lies -- 19. White Beast -- 20. The shortest spring -- 21. Midnight at the ranch -- Part III. Present at the destruction. 22. The state of the Secretary -- 23. The mosquito and the sword -- 24. Meltdown -- Epilogue. The tool of first resort.

The author illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience as a State Department official affords a personal perspective on Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Drawing on newly unearthed documents, and informed by interviews with warlords, whistle-blowers, and policymakers - including every living Secretary of State from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson - he makes the case for an endangered profession.

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