• Career Diplomacy

  • Life and Work in the US Foreign Service (Fourth Edition)
  • By: Harry W. Kopp, John K. Naland
  • Narrated by: BJ Harrison
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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By: Harry W. Kopp,John K. Naland
Narrated by: BJ Harrison
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An all-new edition of the candid insiders' guide to the US Foreign Service as an institution, a profession, and a career

Career Diplomacy takes listeners inside the world of American diplomats in the US Foreign Service. Members of the Foreign Service represent the country abroad, protect and support American citizens overseas, manage government programs and facilities, and move foreign policy from the abstract to the actual. In this new and thoroughly revised edition, Foreign Service veterans Harry W. Kopp and John K. Naland lay out what to expect in a Foreign Service career - how to get in, get around, and get ahead.

Part one begins with the history and structure of the US Foreign Service in the Department of State and other agencies. Part two looks at a number of professional challenges. In part three, the authors explore the trajectory of a Foreign Service career through their own experiences. Part four brings the discussion up to the present and looks to the future.

This best-selling guide demystifies the US Foreign Service for those interested in working within or alongside the institution. Kopp and Naland offer listeners a candid look at the profession, with its dangers, rewards, challenges, frustrations, and excitement.

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Great book, but biased.

Highly insightful and helps give a step by step approach in joining the Foreign Service. One thing I did not like however, the author sounds biased towards the Trump administration.

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Good read for aspiring FSOs

A quick dive into the history and structure of the US Dept of State - Foreign Service, as well as general information on all aspects of being a career diplomat. Exactly what I was looking for as an FSO hopeful.
Of special note, the authors have done a great job of keeping the information up-to-date. As of my reading (01/25/2022), information (though a bit sparse) on the Biden administration is included.