Proud Servant: The Memoirs of a Career Ambassador
Kent State University Press, 1998 - 430 páginas
"These memoirs, by a seasoned and highly competent career diplomatist, covering his various involvements with Latin America and his frequent tiffs with his own government, give an authoritative and amusing picture of the trials of foreign service life and work around the period of the Second World War."
--George F. Kennan
Ellis O. Briggs (1899-1976) entered the Foreign Service of the United States in 1925. During the next 37 years he was ambassador to seven countries: the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Czechoslovakia, Korea, Peru, Brazil, and Greece. An eighth appointment, to Spain, was cancelled when he retired due to illness. He also served in Cuba, Chile, Liberia, and China. His memoirs are an exhuberant record of a gifted diplomat.
Briggs reached the highest rank attainable in the Foreign Service--Career Ambassador--and received the Medal of Freedom from President Eisenhower for his service in wartime Korea. He gained a reputation for successfully handling large diplomatic missions and dealing with difficult situations. But his greatest virtue was his honesty, his passion to report things just as he saw them and make policy recommendations regardless of conventional wisdom in Washington. He employed a high sense of humor, often to devastating effect, on bureaucrats at home as well as adversaries abroad. His strong views about policy sometimes placed him in conflict with others; fellow Dartmouth graduate Nelson Rockefeller had him fired from the Foreign Service because of disagreements (Briggs soon returned to the Service).
A down-to-earth New Englander with an abiding love of the outdoors, Briggs was devoted to his wife and family as well as to his country. Proud Servant is full of insights about the practice of diplomacy in this century and provides a fascinating account of the modern Foreign Service.
Tacna-Arica. It should not be supposed that Mr. Moore was not a working
ambassador. He was physically sedentary, but his mind was rarely idle. The
accuracy of his observation that "bankers don't buy lawsuits" was demonstrated
when loan ...
occupied the two southern Peruvian provinces of Tacna and Arica, with a
provision in the Treaty of Ancon for a plebiscite ten years later (in 1894) to
determine whether they would remain Chilean or revert to Peru. Bolivia was not
The break in the Tacna- Arica deadlock came when President Leguia finally
agreed "in principle" that a division of the territory would be acceptable, provided
a Peruvian port could be found for the inland town of Tacna, which had hitherto ...
What with long days, personality clashes, efforts to keep out of the line of fire in a
battle in which I believed my professional colleague was grievously at fault, and
the pressure of official business as the Tacna-Arica negotiations entered their ...
monstrate, he stopped repeating his Tacna-Arica telegrams to Lima, thus
considerably lightening the workload of the three amateur code clerks. The
incident is also noted because of the light it sheds on Mr. Moore's character. He
had guessed ...
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