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.
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These and related matters were administered , with remarkable efficiency , by the
Cuban Sugar Stabilization Institute , a government agency . Its operations were
vigilantly monitored by two other official organizations , the Mill Owners ( or ...
The most important task facing the new ambassador became the negotiation of
the sugar agreement whereby Cuba would ... short time we had an agreement to
buy Cuban sugar at 3.25 cents a pound ( this was later increased to 3.50 cents ) .
six Cuban distilleries producing potable rum ( headed by such old and reliable
firms as Bacardi and Arechebala ) , one ... Alambiques , the distilleries were
called in Cuba , and they sprang up from one end of the island to the other ,
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