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America's Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st-Century Diplomacy (Second Updated Edition) Kindle Edition
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Long-time diplomats may find little new here, and non-State personnel may find the vocabulary of diplomacy unfamiliar and unwieldy. But, again, newbies know the lingo but not necessarily the issues. And the issues are all here in a nice little quick-read volume.
Because the FS is so small, it was interesting to read some personal anecdotes from officers I either knew or knew about. State Department employees or those familiar with the structure of the Foreign Service might find the first few chapters a little boring. Kralev does a good job of explaining how the department is structured, the process for getting into the service etc. It will be a review for some readers. However, forge on, because analysis and experiences really take up the last two thirds of the book and are worth the read.
Overall, I think this is a fair assessment of the service, and one of the best books I've read looking at contemporary diplomacy and the State Department. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know what a foreign service officer does, to foreign service officers who are interested in how an outsider views our work, and to anyone interested in learning about the challenges and limitations of modern diplomacy. I wish every American citizen, and in particular every Congressman!!! read this book and understood the ideas presented by Mr. Kralev.
"America's Other Army" is chock full of interesting information and useful analysis that outsiders do not have easy access to. I particularly enjoyed the discussions of the different kinds of diplomacy and how that has changed the Foreign Service: e.g. the changes post 9/11 and the need for officers who can function in combat environments. Mr. Kralev does a good job in terms of revealing both the strengths and the areas for improvement in today's Foreign Service.
The only additional comment I would add is that this book is probably not all that accessible to people who are not already interested in the Foreign Service. Mr. Kralev has expressed that he intended this book to be a way for the American people to learn what it is exactly that America's diplomats do, but the material is sometimes a bit dry, particularly in the beginning. To me this book is perfect for students pursuing policy degrees, people considering joining the foreign service, and perhaps politicians who don't know as much as they should about what diplomats do. Not so much for the average Joe to consume after a long day at work.
Definitely a worthwhile book to read if you're interested in the Foreign Service.