The Last American Diplomat by George W. Liebmann
John D Negroponte and the Changing Face of US Diplomacy (International Library of Twentieth Century History)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews



Can John D. Negroponte be described as ‘The Last American Diplomat’? In a career spanning 50 years of unprecedented American global power, he was the last of a dying breed of patrician diplomats - devoted to public service, a self-effacing and ultimate insider, whose prime duty was to advise, guide and warn - a bulwark of traditional diplomatic realism against ideologue excess.

Negroponte served as US ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines and Iraq; he was US Permanent Representative to the UN, Director of National Intelligence and Deputy Secretary of State to George W. Bush. His was a high-flying and seemingly conventional career but one full of surprises. Negroponte opposed Kissinger in Vietnam, supported a ‘proxy war’ but opposed direct American military action against Marxists in Central America - facing
bitter Congress opposition in the process. He swam against the floodtide of George W. Bush’s
neocon-dominated administration, warning against the Iraq war as a possible new ‘Vietnam’
and criticising aspects of Bush’s ‘War on Terror’. He disconcerted the administration by arguing
that the re-establishment of Iraq would take as long as five years. And he was influential in international social and economic policy - working for the successful re-settlement of millions of refugees in Southeast Asia following the Vietnam War, issuing early warnings about the scourge of AIDS in Africa and successfully launching the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

George W. Liebmann’s incisive account is based on personal and shared experience but it is no
hagiography; beyond the author’s discussions with Negroponte, this book is deeply researched in US state papers and includes interviews with leading actors. It will provide fascinating reading for anyone interested in the inside-story of American diplomacy, showing personal and policy struggles, and the underlying fissures present even in the world’s last remaining superpower.

About George W. Liebmann

See more books from this Author
George W. Liebmann is a lawyer and historian specializing in American and international diplomatic history. His publications include Diplomacy Between the Wars: Five Diplomats and the Shaping of the Modern World (I.B.Tauris).
Published January 30, 2012 by I.B.Tauris. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Last American Diplomat

The Washington Times

See more reviews from this publication

The world is changing but diplomats such as John Negroponte, who spent much of his career working in some of the world's worst hotspots, still matter.

Dec 04 2012 | Read Full Review of The Last American Diplomat: J...

Washington Independent Review of Books

Liebmann explores U.S. foreign relations from 1961 to 2009 while following Negroponte through the vagaries of his professional life in the Foreign Service, the State Department, as deputy national security advisor and as director of national intelligence.

Jun 13 2012 | Read Full Review of The Last American Diplomat: J...

Rate this book!

Add Review