Getting Our Way: 500 Years of Adventure and Intrigue: The Inside Story of British Diplomacy
  • Getting Our Way: 500 Years of Adventure and Intrigue: The Inside Story of British Diplomacy

  • ISBN13:9780753827161
  • 出版社:Phoenix
  • 作者:Christopher Meyer
  • 裝訂:平裝
  • 出版日:2011/01/01
定  價:NT$523元
優惠價: 9471
可得紅利積點:14 點




A highly informed insider's account of some of the "honest men" of Britain, as they sought, by fair means or by foul, to?help their country make?its way in the world


This inside account of the front lines of international diplomacy recounts nine stories from Britain's diplomatic annals over the last?500 years. It’s an inside account of their extraordinary experiences?sometimes in the face of physical danger and often at history's hinge. Be it Henry Killigrew's mission to Edinburgh in 1572, Our Man in Washington and the Nassau Deal, or the handover of Hong Kong to China, we can see how Britain has viewed its interests in the world and sought to advance them. Each story is illuminated by colorful anecdotes and insights drawn from Christopher Meyer's firsthand experience of international relations. Moreover, the book is a salutary reminder that foreign policy and diplomacy in all countries begin and end with the national interest. And far from being the preserve of aloof aristocrats, the pursuit of our national interest is replete with an extraordinary combination of high principle and low cunning, vice and virtue?all with the specific aim of getting our way.

Christopher Meyer served in Moscow, Madrid, Bonn, Brussels, the Foreign Office, and in Number 10 before becoming Britain's Ambassador to the United States from 1997 to 2003. Knighted in 2001, he was the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission until April 2009. He is the author of DC Confidential, Fast Cycle Time, It's Alive!, Knowledge Advantage, and Relentless Growth.