The Ambassador

Inside the Life of a Working Diplomat

John Shaw

Date Published :
April 2006
Publisher :
Capital Books
Contributor(s) :
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (ret)
Series :
Capital Currents
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781933102160
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Using the life and work of one of the world's most accomplished diplomats, Sweden's Jan Eliasson, this provocative book offers a unique inside view of how modern diplomacy shapes world political debate and affects the outcome of major events and international relations. Ambassador Eliasson has provided diplomatic reporter John Shaw with up close access to his work for a year - his last in Washington as ambassador. Shaw has attended policy meetings with the Ambassador, watched him give speeches, host high-level receptions, and interact with other senior diplomats. Using Eliasson as the vehicle, "The Ambassador" delves into what modern diplomats really do and offers a unique, personal, behind-the-scenes glimpse of international statesmanship. Eliasson is of special interest because he was recently selected to be the president of United Nations General Assembly beginning in September, 2005. He will be in the news over the next several years.


Through John Shaw's eyes we are permitted a rare look at the many aspects of the life of a successful diplomat. It makes for wonderful reading, and sheds light upon a life that has given much to the world, and that has much more to give.

- Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret), From the Foreword to "The Ambassador", May 2006

Jan Eliasson is a diplomatic superstar. In an era of dramatic changes in international relations, Eliasson has shown the way to a new definition of the role of diplomat.

- Richard H. Solomon, former US Ambassador to the Philippines, President of the US Institute of Peace, May 2006

John Shaw's compelling account of one of the world's most remarkable super-diplomats is important for all students of international relations.

- Richard G. Lugar, Chairman, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, May 2006

It offers a provocative portrait of an international statesman and a fascinating look at the inner workings of modern-day diplomacy.

- Sweden Abroad, June 2006

Sweden's Diplomatic Superstar … Sweden's Jan Eliasson—former Swedish ambassador to the United States who is now president of the U.N. General Assembly and his country's foreign minister—came back to Meridian International Center on June 26 to join author and Washington Diplomat columnist John Shaw in celebration of Shaw's latest book, "The Ambassador: Inside the Life of a Working Diplomat,” which examines Eliasson's diplomatic career.

- Diplomatic Pouch, Washington Diplomat, June 2006

A biography of a job rather than of an individual, this profile follows Jan Eliasson as he performs his duties as Sweden's ambassador to the US. After attending policy meetings with the ambassador and watching him give speeches, host receptions and interact with other diplomats, Shaw, senior correspondent and vice president for Market News International, explains the ways diplomacy shapes global political debates and influences international relations.

- BOOK NEWS, Inc., August 2006

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