The Embassy: A Story of War and Diplomacy by Dante ParadisoThe Embassy: A Story of War and Diplomacy by Dante Paradiso

The Embassy: A Story of War and Diplomacy

byDante Paradiso

Hardcover | November 21, 2016

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In a distant war, in a city under siege, U.S. Ambassador John W. Blaney faced a terrible choice: abandon the mission or risk the lives of his team to give diplomacy a last chance... 

In 2003, Liberia was one of the most dangerous and isolated countries in the world. President Charles Taylor, a feared warlord, presided over a fractured state and countless unruly militiamen and child soldiers as two rebel armies marched to depose him. When an international court indicted Taylor for war crimes, the rebels attacked the capital and months of vicious fighting ensued. 

With Washington split on how to respond and pressure mounting to shutter the chancery once and for all, the Ambassador kept the flag flying. The U.S. embassy served as a rallying point for international efforts to save Liberia. West African peacekeepers backed by U.S. forces prepared to deploy, but a final, merciless attack by the rebels left the capital split and Taylor's forces dug in for a last, blood-soaked stand. With no margin for error, the Ambassador and his team made three forays across the front lines in a desperate bid to broker a local ceasefire that would lift the siege, stop the killing, and give space for peace to take root. 

The Embassy is a graphic, cinematic retelling of the harrowing climax of the Liberian civil war and the U.S. and West African role in ending it. Through interviews with the Ambassador and key members of the country team, as well as with peacekeepers, U.S. troops, relief workers, foreign correspondents, senior Liberian officials and rebel leaders, Dante Paradiso reconstructs the violence and chaos of those times to create an enduring portrait of a U.S. embassy under fire and the kind of daring frontline diplomacy that can change the fate of a nation. harrowing climax of the Liberian civil war. 

 The views expressed in this book are the author's own and not necessarily those of the United States Department of State or the United States Government.

Dante Paradiso is a writer, lawyer, and career Foreign Service Officer who has served extensively in Africa and Asia. He is the author of The Pure Life, a novel, and has contributed opinion pieces to the online editions of Foreign Affairs, National Geographic Voices, and, through the Tribune News Service, the Miami Herald, the Tampa Tr...
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Title:The Embassy: A Story of War and DiplomacyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6.4 × 1.5 inPublished:November 21, 2016Publisher:Beaufort BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0825308259

ISBN - 13:9780825308253

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Dante Paradiso has performed a singular public service in bringing this tale of modern American diplomacy to life.   This story of Liberia amid human tragedy and regime change is the real thing. The narrative is gripping.  The reader gets an unvarnished portrait of a traumatized society and the extraordinary efforts of a handful of American public servants in Monrovia and Washington to bring desperately needed change.  Here are heroes just doing their job.