Book Review | Diplomat’s Dictionary By Chas. W. Freeman, Jr. | Forward By David Ignatius

Around twenty years ago, most folks would receive international news from the television. With the power of the internet and mobile devices, information today is moving at lighting speed. Billions of people have at their fingertips, what is happening around the world, at that instant. Because of this immediate access and decades of globalization and migration, the global economy and interactions between countries is far more important.

If you are interested in world history and diplomacy, or like to read historical quotations, then the Diplomat’s Dictionary is a great reference book for your library.

The book includes definitions, proverbs, and diplomacy quotations collected throughout history. Examples include: Mark Twain, George Washington, Fareed Zakaria, Julius Caesar, Queen Elizabeth I, Sun Tzu, Douglas MacArthur, Henry A. Kissinger, Al Capone, Czar Nicholas II, and President Richard M. Nixon etc. The people quoted are, journalists, poets, academics, diplomats, generals, historians, statesmen, admirals, philosophers, politicians, writers, kings, strategists, ambassadors, etc.

The Diplomat’s Dictionary is 338 pages stacked full of pearls of wisdom that is very useful in today’s global society. I have the paperback 2nd edition which includes 476 new entries in alphabetical order by title. There is a forward by David Ignatious, preface, the dictionary, persons quoted which includes dates alive as well as their position or positions such as Secretary of State, bibliography, and index.

 

Example quotations:

 

Principle, agreement in: “Principles are fine; they entail no commitment.” Napoleon

 

Deceit: The rulers of the state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad; they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state.” Plato, c. 390 B.C.

 

Enemies, using: “Use your enemy’s hand to catch a snake.” Persian Proverb

 

Negotiation, state of mind: “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” INDIRA GANDHI

 

 

Available below on Amazon.com:


Diplomat’s Dictionary: Second Edition (Cross-Cultural Negotiation Books)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See also:

Global Economy

International Relations

The U.S.A.

 

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