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Title: Undiplomatic Notes: Tales from the Canadian Foreign Service.
Description: Hounslow Press / Anthony R. Hawke, Willowdale, Ontario, 1990.. 194 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0888821263 B&w illustrations. "Behind formal negotiations are events sometimes too hilarious (and human) for academic histories. Beneath serene exteriors are people, who, from time to time, are clowns. And often, the expectations of dignity and protocol only serve to heighten the antics. From his 30-year career, Sidney Freifeld - at various desks at headquarters and in various embassies, up through the ranks, to ambassador - recollects some of these tales. He has gleaned others from colleagues or 'unofficial' files. Among the treats in (this book): Castro's table manners at an impromptu dinner; The circus of incivility created by the arrogance of the Ceausescu clan and their entourage; Calls in the night to deal with Moscow's howling cats; Australian VIPs lost in the bowels of the Chateau Laurier; A Canadian embassy held at gun-point, by a Canadian; and Poetry to protest External's policy on decorations. Legations run like military outposts, the needs of beavers in transit, and the exchange of diplomatic notes over a baseball game are more subjects for 'Undiplomatic Notes'. And for the uninitiated there are some useful chapters on what really, really, goes on." Previous owner's label on front pastedown, bump to bottom edge of pages, small bump to top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Very Good-/Very Good+.

Keywords: Diplomats, Diplomacy, Foreign Service, United Nations, Ireland, Diefenbaker, Russia, China, Soviet, Intelligence, Moscow, Manhattan, Ottawa, Washington, Latin America, Fidel Castro, Cuba, Uruguay, Ankara, Ceausescu, Australians, Agnes Mccloskey, Pea

Price: US$ 15.00 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 21865

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