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Diplomatic Tales

Diplomatic Tales by Bill Shepard

Bill Shepard, a career diplomat, tells the real story of how American diplomacy is conducted overseas. He presented this book, now available at, at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, at the Ambassador's invitation. Part One, Consular Tales, is a record of actual experiences in five missions overseas, from Viet-Nam to Budapest. In Part Two, Foreign Service Tales, we explore through fiction every part of an American Embassy. Along the way, expect jealousy, love lost and gained, and the occasional murder and hauntings!

--- "A life interestingly led, a tale well told...through the book runs a common theme, personal discipline, carefully cultivated and unfailingly practiced, with tact and keen observation. Shepard's lustrous career testifies to his adherence to these tenets." Anne Stinson, Star-Democrat