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Excerpt from The American Mission

September 2014

by Matthew Palmer THE AMERICAN MISSION by Matthew Palmer printed with permission from GP Putnam’s Son, a member of Penguin Random House. Copyright 2014 Matthew Palmer. Chapter 1 Intrepid J u n e 12 , 2 0 0 9 C o n a … Continued

Excerpt from Flame

June 2014

Excerpt from Flame by Barry Fulton Chapter 12 Intrepid Thomas Sebastian Scott had boarded an overcrowded bus in Quetta, destination Lahore. He would make contact there with an official at the American Consulate General. Scott was battered and bruised, but … Continued

William Dean Howells as the Civil War Consul in Venice

June 2014

by William SommersDuring a recent visit with my daughter in Cambridge, Mass., we walked around the neighborhood and came upon a wonderfully reconstructed large and appealing house on Sacromento Street.  We found that it was the long ago residence of … Continued


December 2013

by J. Patrick Hart

Excerpt from J. Patrick Hart’s Savarona, pages 73-78


December 2012

by Robert Earle

Washington Irving: Sunnyside to Spain

June 2012

American Writers Who Were Diplomats by William Sommers The Writer as Diplomat – his dispatches read like a continued short story March 4, 1841 was the coldest – and totally unheated – inauguration day in U.S. history. Among its victims … Continued

Diplomat’s Progress

January 2005

Published by Williams & Co. of Savannah, Ga. 236 pages. $14.95. Distributed by Syracuse University Press. Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or from the author (

Riding Free, Into and Out of Haiti

February 1999

Riding Free, Into and Out of Haiti Foreign Service fiction by JACK L. NIXON     In a departure for this or any other primarily scholarly journal that we know of, we present here a work of fiction. The author … Continued