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A candid, behind-the-scenes (The Dallas Morning News) memoir from one of our most distinguished ambassadors whoin his career of service to the countrywas sent to some of the most dangerous outposts of American diplomacy.

Christopher Hill was on the front lines in the Balkans at the breakup of Yugoslavia.

He participated in one-on-one meetings with the dictator Milosevic and traveled to Bosnia and Kosovo, and to the Dayton conference, where a truce was arrived at.

He was the first American Ambassador to Macedonia; Ambassador to Poland, in the cold war; chief disarmament negotiator in North Korea; and Hillary Clintons hand-picked Ambassador to Iraq.

Outpost is Hills lively, entertainingintroduction to the difficult game of diplomacy (The Washington Post)an adventure story of danger, loss of comrades, high stakes negotiations, and imperfect options.

There are fascinating portraits of war criminals (Mladic, Karadzic), of presidents (Bush, Clinton, and Obama), of vice presidents including Dick Cheney, of Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and of Ambassadors Richard Holbrooke and Lawrence Eagleburger, among others.

Hill writes bluntly about the bureaucratic warfare in DC and expresses strong criticism of Americas aggressive interventions and wars of choice.

From the wars in the Balkans to the brutality of North Korea to the endless war in Iraq, Outpost is a personal story, filled with the intricacies of living abroad, coping with the bureaucracy of the huge US foreign-policy establishment, and trying to persuade some very difficult people that America really does want to help them (Providence Journal).



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