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Abroad for Her Country: Tales of a Pioneer Woman Ambassador in the U.S. Foreign Service (Hardback)
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Abroad for Her Country: Tales of a Pioneer Woman Ambassador in the U.S. Foreign Service (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 30/04/2008
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In ""Abroad for Her Country"", Jean M. Wilkowski shares the story of her extraordinary career in the U.S. Foreign Service during the last half of the twentieth century. Born in an era when few women sought professional careers, Wilkowski graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and the University of Wisconsin and then rose through the ranks at the Department of State, from Vice Consul to the first woman U.S. Ambassador to an African country and the first woman acting U.S. Ambassador in Latin America.During her thirty-five-year diplomatic career, Wilkowski was sent first as a vice consul to the Caribbean during World War II, when the Department of State was ""even taking in 4-Fs and women."" She moved on to more challenging assignments in Latin America and Europe. For much of her career, she specialized in protecting and promoting U.S. trade and investment interests in such posts as Paris, Milan, Rome, Santiago, and Geneva. She also served during a revolution in Bogata, attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, and the war between El Salvador and Honduras, when she called in U.S. humanitarian aid for 50,000 war-displaced persons. In 1977, she became coordinator of the U.S. preparation for the 1979 United Nations Conference on Science and Technology in Vienna. She worked closely with Notre Dame president Theodore Hesburgh, head of the U.S. delegation, and accompanied the delegation on its fact-finding visit to the Peoples' Republic of China.Wilkowski describes her career with humor, taste, compassion, courage, and faith. This book will appeal to interested general readers, and it will be an inspiration for those interested in a career in the foreign service.

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
ISBN: 9780268044138
Weight: 739 g
Dimensions: 238 x 163 x 33 mm


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This is a fascinating biography of a woman who entered the political arena at a time when few women were accepted. Jean Wilkowski entered the Foreign Service in 1944, accepting assignments around the world before retiring in 1980 . . . she served in Paris, Rome, Chile, Columbia, and El Salvador nine countries on three continents in her thirty-five years of service. She has met and dealt with popes, presidents and dignitaries in her long career. . . . Wilkowski tells her extraordinary story with humor and wit. Work was not always formalities and documents to prepare, dignitaries to meet. For instance her ill-fated ballet lessons from the Prima Ballerina of La Scala, Signora De Santis while in Milan, or purchasing a villa in Tuscany, or the insult from former governor John Connally or being silenced by Pope John XXIII. . . . This testament will go far to encourage young women to investigate a career in government service. "Polish American Journal""


"Abroad for Her Country" is the autobiography of Jean M. Wilkowski, with especial focus upon her career in the U.S. Foreign Service during the latter half of the twentieth century. Told in a candid prose accessible to readers of all backgrounds, "Abroad for Her Country" is eminently absorbing and highly recommended. "Wisconsin Bookwatch""


[It] is a fascinating, informative, deftly written autobiography and is especially recommended for academic and community library collections, as well as the personal reading list for anyone with an interest in International Relations in general, and the American diplomatic service in particular. "Midwest Book Review Bookwatch""


This is a fascinating biography of a woman who entered the political arena at a time when few women were accepted. Jean Wilkowski entered the Foreign Service in 1944, accepting assignments around the world before retiring in 1980 . . . she served in Paris, Rome, Chile, Columbia, and El Salvador nine countries on three continents in her thirty-five years of service. She has met and dealt with popes, presidents and dignitaries in her long career. . . . Wilkowski tells her extraordinary story with humor and wit. Work was not always formalities and documents to prepare, dignitaries to meet. For instance her ill-fated ballet lessons from the Prima Ballerina of La Scala, Signora De Santis while in Milan, or purchasing a villa in Tuscany, or the insult from former governor John Connally or being silenced by Pope John XXIII. . . . This testament will go far to encourage young women to investigate a career in government service. Polish American Journal

"

Abroad for Her Country is the autobiography of Jean M. Wilkowski, with especial focus upon her career in the U.S. Foreign Service during the latter half of the twentieth century. Told in a candid prose accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Abroad for Her Country is eminently absorbing and highly recommended. Wisconsin Bookwatch

"

[It] is a fascinating, informative, deftly written autobiography and is especially recommended for academic and community library collections, as well as the personal reading list for anyone with an interest in International Relations in general, and the American diplomatic service in particular. Midwest Book Review Bookwatch

"

"This is a fascinating biography of a woman who entered the political arena at a time when few women were accepted. Jean Wilkowski entered the Foreign Service in 1944, accepting assignments around the world before retiring in 1980 . . . she served in Paris, Rome, Chile, Columbia, and El Salvador--nine countries on three continents in her thirty-five years of service. She has met and dealt with popes, presidents and dignitaries in her long career. . . . Wilkowski tells her extraordinary story with humor and wit. Work was not always formalities and documents to prepare, dignitaries to meet. For instance her ill-fated ballet lessons from the Prima Ballerina of La Scala, Signora De Santis while in Milan, or purchasing a villa in Tuscany, or the insult from former governor John Connally or being silenced by Pope John XXIII. . . . This testament will go far to encourage young women to investigate a career in government service." --Polish American Journal


"Abroad for Her Country...is the autobiography of Jean M. Wilkowski, with especial focus upon her career in the U.S. Foreign Service during the latter half of the twentieth century. Told in a candid prose accessible to readers of all backgrounds, Abroad for Her Country is eminently absorbing and highly recommended." --Wisconsin Bookwatch


"[It] is a fascinating, informative, deftly written autobiography and is especially recommended for academic and community library collections, as well as the personal reading list for anyone with an interest in International Relations in general, and the American diplomatic service in particular." --Midwest Book Review Bookwatch

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