Only the second career diplomat to serve as Deputy Secretary of State, Ambassador William J. Burns (now President Biden’s CIA Director) reflects on the successes, shortcomings, and uncommon developments as a foreign service officer from the Cold War to today. Spanning a career in both Republican and Democratic administrations, Burns’s storytelling approach to his own experiences illustrates the dynamic nature of American foreign policy. Writing during the Trump administration, he makes a passionate case for American diplomacy’s revival as its decline continues to put a freer world at risk. The diplomat’s personal accounts and anecdotes bring life to powerful figures, some of them still making policy today.
The Back Channel, by William J. Burns
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 24th, 2020