Mayer applies his time-honored technique in this popular presentation of the practitioners of diplomacy, as he has presented bankers, lawyers and others. Roaming all over the field of foreign policy and international relations, and backward into history, he concerns himself mainly with American organizations and personalities, but delves into the diplomacy of others as well, with frequent references to how it is done in Britain, Denmark, the European Community, New Zealand and Israel. He is in general well informed, realistic, skeptical, humorous, and on small points occasionally inaccurate.
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