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Chapter 15: Mr. W. versus Mr. Castro

September 2018

from Our Woman in Havana: A Diplomat’s Chronicle of America’s Long Struggle with Castro’s Cuba
by Ambassador Vicki Huddleston
Copyright c 2018 by Vicki Huddleston. Published by arrangement with The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-4683-1579-0

Winds of Change

March 2018

Chapter 6 of The Atlanticists: A Story of American Diplomacy
by Ken Weisbrode

John Lothrop Motley: The Witty US Minister to Vienna

September 2017

John Lothrop Motley The Witty US Minister to Vienna Chapter 1 of Foreign Vistas: Stories from a Life in the Foreign Service by William Sommers If success in the diplomat’s trade were based solely on education, language facility, mastery of … Read more

Duty Calls

April 2017

Chapter 1 of Dead Cow Road – Life on the Front Lines of an International Crisis by Mark Wentling The famine had already killed tens of thousands. The Somali landscape was littered with ragged lumps of human scraps. Death by … Read more

Warrior Diplomat: Vietnam, 1965-70

January 2017

Warrior Diplomat: Vietnam, 1965-70 Chapter 3 of Global Adventures on Less-Traveled Roads: A Foreign Service Memoir by James R. Bullington The Vietnam War was a life-changing experience: It set the trajectory of my career toward service in unfamiliar, remote, sometimes … Read more

A Visit to Bethlehem

December 2015

A Visit to Bethlehem from In the Blood of Herod and Rome by Robert Earle While Herod continued to brood about which son should succeed him, Archelaus or Antipas, Joanna came to Nicolas of Damascus with disturbing news: the maiden … Read more


December 2015

Farishta*, a fictional war memoir written by retired senior Foreign Service officer Patricia McArdle, is now available as an audiobook on Audible, Amazon and I-Tunes. McArdle’s novel, inspired by the year she spent in northern Afghanistan with a British Army … Read more

The Saga of Raju and his “Dayalappals”

October 2015

by Jon Dorschner Raju Dayal was not an important man. In fact he was at the bottom of the office totem pole. He worked in a huge government office in New Delhi, India as a chaprassi. A chaprassi is an … Read more

Chapter 9: La Dolce Vita

October 2015

from The Lady is Bugged by Barry Fulton “Hotel Albergo, per favore.” The cab driver smiled, turned his head, and said, “Scusi, sir, but you have asked for the Hotel Hotel. Maybe best to say in English.” Scott was jet … Read more

Excerpt from Suffer the Children, Robert Earle’s new novel

June 2015

Excerpt from Suffer the Children*, Robert Earle’s new novel Chapter 5 This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales … Read more

After Apple Picking

November 2014

by Robert Earle They started taking things from her. First, the marriage, then the job. She should have been chosen as deputy county attorney. She knew it was because she was a domestic abuse victim who divorced her husband and … Read more