The Unofficial Diplomat

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The Unofficial Diplomat: A Memoir

“From the Chinese Army’s crackdown in Tiananmen Square to al Qaeda’s terror attacks on the American Embassy in Nairobi, Joanne and Jim Huskey have been on the front lines of some of the most dramatic moments in recent history–Jim as a U.S. Foreign Service officer, Joanne as his intrepid partner. A compelling political thriller, colorful adventure story, and a well-written travelogue. A wonderful read.”
MIKE CHINOY, former CNN Senior Asia Correspondent

A memoir of dramatic moments in recent history. On June 4, 1989, Joanne Grady Huskey was in Tiananmen Square and witnessed the horror of a government attacking its own people. On August 7, 1998, she was in the basement of the American Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, with her two small children when al Qaeda bombed the building. After September 11, 2001, having just returned to the United States after years overseas, she responded to the atrocities in New York and Washington. She recounts her experiences living and working in China during the 1989 “Beijing Spring” and, fifteen years later, in Taiwan. In between came postings to Chennai, India, and Nairobi, where she helped Kenyan victims after the Embassy bombing.

Huskey co-founded Global Adjustments in India, a cross-cultural training company, and the American International School of Chennai. Earlier, she was International Director of VSA Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington. For her work with disabled children in China she was awarded the Secretary of State’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for East Asia and the Pacific.

 

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by Joanne Grady Huskey
Washington, DC: NAP/Scarith, November 2009
206 pp, 40 illustrations, index
Paperback $22.00

"This book provides a wonderful insight into the highs and lows, the exuberance and terrors, of a life well-lived in the Foreign Service. Read the part about the al Qaeda bombing of the Nairobi embassy in 1998 and you will understand how the mindset and personal leadership of community members like Joanne helped us accomplish extraordinary things against great odds. The Unofficial Diplomat makes clear why Foreign Service spouses and family members deserve such respect and affection."
Prudence Bushnell, former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala