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The Conduct of American Foreign Relations: The Other Side of Diplomacy
The Conduct of American Foreign Relations: The Other Side of Diplomacy
By Thomas H. Etzold
New Viewpoints, 1977, 159 pp.

An iconoclastic description and critique, well supported with historical illustrations, of how the American Foreign Service has functioned in the day-to-day conduct of foreign relations. Etzold argues that professional diplomats should implement policy, not make it. He has little tolerance for the oft-repeated complaints about the declining influence of the State Department.