Getting Our Way by Christopher Meyer
500 Years of Adventure and Intrigue: The Inside Story of British Diplomacy

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Over the last five hundred years, Britain's power has waxed and waned: from the puny island nation of the sixteenth century, to the global superpower of the nineteenth century, to the more modest post-imperial status today of a major European power. But in these radically different circumstances, the wisdom of Lord Palmerston's observation has endured. Getting Our Way recounts nine stories from Britain's diplomatic annals over the last five hundred years, in which the diplomats themselves are at the center of the narrative. It is an inside account of their extraordinary experiences, sometimes in the face of physical danger, often at history's hinge. Be it Henry Killigrew's mission to Edinburgh in 1572, Castlereagh at the Congress of Vienna, 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. Some of these dramatic episodes record triumph, some failure, but all of them illustrate how the three pillars of the national interest—security, prosperity, and values—have been the foundation of British foreign policy for half a century. Each story is illuminated by colorful anecdotes and insights drawn from Christopher Meyer's first-hand experience of international relations. Moreover, the book is a salutary reminder that foreign policy (what is to be done) and diplomacy (how it is to be done) 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 intrigue, treachery, espionage, and danger—an extraordinary combination of high principle and low cunning, vice and virtue, all with the specific aim of "getting our way."

About Christopher Meyer

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Christopher Meyer is an expert on the changes in information economy. Meyer is currently director of the Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation and president of Bios GP, a subsidiary of Ernst & Young. Meyer co-authored "Blur: The Speed of Change in the Connected Economy. Christopher Meyer is the founder and Managing Director of the Strategic Alignment Group in Portola Valley, California, a rapidly growing management consulting firm with clients such as Ford Motor Company, Quantum Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and Glaxo lnc. He is also the creator of the California Institute of Technology seminar on time-based competition, the most widely attended public seminar of its kind.
Published October 29, 2009 by Orion Publishing. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A diplomat has gone native when he puts the interests of the foreign country in which he works before those of his own.

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