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Madam Ambassador : three years of diplomacy, dinner parties, and democracy in Budapest

Author: Eleni Kounalakis
Publisher: New York : The New Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A helicopter ride to visit troops in the Afghanistan war zone, a tense meeting with the newly elected Prime Minister, and ... a wild boar hunt! Eleni Kounalakis was forty-three and a land developer in Sacramento, California, when she was tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Hungary under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. During her tenure, from 2010 to 2013, Hungary was a key ally  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Eleni Kounalakis; Eleni Kounalakis; Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eleni Kounalakis
ISBN: 9781620971116 1620971119
OCLC Number: 891618868
Description: 290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Boar Hunt --
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary --
"One Eye Is Smiling, One Eye Is Crying" --
A Long Way from Home --
How Do You Become a U.S. Ambassador? --
Viktor Orbán's Revolution begins --
Family Life --
The Curse of Turán and the Fourth of July --
Travels with Csaba --
Aghanistan : In the War Zone --
God and Country --
Presidency of the European Union --
Golden Week --
Seven Hundred New Laws --
Family Life II ... the Royal Treatment --
The Three-Legged Stool of Democracy --
Anti-Semitism : The Bizarre and the Tragic --
Security Overseas --
The New Deal, Same as the Old Deal? --
Afghanistan, Revisited --
Farewell --
Letter from Secretary John Kerry to Ambassador Kounalakis.
Responsibility: Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis.

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"A helicopter ride to visit troops in the Afghanistan war zone, a tense meeting with the newly elected Prime Minister, and ... a wild boar hunt! Eleni Kounalakis was forty-three and a land developer in Sacramento, California, when she was tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Hungary under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. During her tenure, from 2010 to 2013, Hungary was a key ally in the U.S. military surge, held elections in which a center-right candidate gained a two-thirds supermajority and rewrote the country's constitution, and grappled with the rise of Hungarian nationalism and anti-semitism. The first Greek-American woman ever to serve as a U.S. ambassador, Kounalakis recounts her training at the State Department's 'charm school' and her three years of diplomatic life in Budapest--from protocols about seating, salutations, and embassy security to what to do when the deposed King of Greece hands you a small chocolate crown (eat it, of course!). A cross between a foreign policy memoir and an inspiring personal family story--her immigrant Greek father went from agricultural day laborer to land developer and major Democratic party activist--Madam Ambassador draws back the curtain on what it is like to represent the U.S. government abroad as well as how American embassies around the world function"--

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"If you want to know what it looks like for a woman to 'lean in,' read Ambassador Kounalakis's book. It is an inspiring example of a businesswoman-turned-diplomat taking every opportunity to Read more...

 
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