The Foreign Service Journal - November 2014 - page 41

Bauman’s account conveys the realities of a Foreign Service
life and also brings alive the world of the Ethiopians—the good,
the bad and the heartbreaking. It is a world of stark contrasts,
where the cost of a manicure could clothe many homeless
children, and the bill for one meal at a restaurant could help feed
the city’s starving. Bauman says she hopes that readers will come
away with a sense of the incredible strength of the human spirit
to endure.
Kristen Bauman joined the Foreign Service in 2000 and has
served in France, Greece, Ethiopia, South Korea and Washing-
ton, D.C. She is married to a fellow diplomat, and the couple has
two children.
On the Front Lines of the Cold War:
The Adventures of an American Service Family
Frederic S. Mabbatt, Dog Ear Publishing, 2013, $12,
paperback, 160 pages.
The story of Frederic Mabbatt’s life abroad reads like something
out of an action movie. From having his shirt ripped off while
escaping an enraged mob during riots in
the Sudan to the evacuation of his wife,
3-year-old daughter and infant son on
the eve of war in the Middle East,
On the
Front Lines of the Cold War
is a compelling
account of one American diplomat’s life
during a turbulent era.
Mabbatt’s narrative of life in the U.S.
Foreign Service incorporates case stud-
ies on the use of various public diplomacy tools to support
American foreign policy objectives during the Cold War, such as
preserving the cooperation of the Jordanian government in the
aftermath of the 1967 Arab/Israeli War, blunting the anti-Amer-
ican propaganda and policies of the Tanzanian government
under President Julius Nyerere and convincing the Dutch that
installation of intermediate-range nuclear missiles would help
preserve peace.
In an epilogue, he outlines some lessons learned from the
Cold War era and includes a set of concise guidelines that he
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