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Cosa Nostra: U.S. Diplomacy and the Italian Mafia

Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt, Chief of Protocol to the U.S. Department of State

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! It’s Poor Richard’s Podcasts

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For a more personal — and often more dramatic — way to experience ADST’s oral history collection, try listening to one of our podcasts!

Click the link to iTunes or Podbean, where you will find our growing selection of podcasts.

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Search Our Oral History Collection – – – – – – Featured History: Herman Rossi III


Herman Rossi III, born in Pensacola, Florida, studied at Gonzaga University and Washington State University before entering the Foreign Service in 1965. During his time as the desk officer for the Democratic Republic of Congo, he attended a State dinner with President Mobutu.

Here's an excerpt: "A few months after I became ambassador’s aide, the mercenaries of the Sixth Commando in Kisangani revolted. The mercenary revolt was a very traumatic experience all over the country, not just up in the northeast. In Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and elsewhere, the Congolese army, which was never well disciplined, reacted to the revolt by directing their suspicion and animosity toward all whites in general. White civilians were hauled out of their cars at army roadblocks. Some were let go, some were beaten up and some were arrested. In Katanga, several civilian expatriates were actually killed. It was quite dangerous all over the Congo for all whites for several months."


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Featured Publication: Diversifying Diplomacy

by Harriet Elam-Thomas

Diversifying Diplomacy is the story of Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas, who grew up in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood and went on to challenge the status quo and beat the odds. Inspired by the strong women in her life, she helped make the Foreign Service reflect the diversity of the United States. The youngest child of parents who left the segregated South to raise a family in Massachusetts, Elam-Thomas distinguished herself with a diplomatic career at a time when few colleagues looked like her.

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You can preorder Ambassador Elam-Thomas' book here.

Stay tuned for more info on the book launch!

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