The Foreign Service Journal - November 2014 - page 53

and ears of individuals at the highest level in Great Britain and
worked to improve relations at the turn of the 20th century.
Dana Cooper is associate professor of history at Austin State
University. She is a co-editor of
Transatlantic Relations and
Modern Diplomacy: An Interdisciplinary Examination
The State Department Boys:
Philippine Diplomacy and
Its American Heritage
Marciano R. de Borja, New Academia/
Vellum, 2014, $38/hardcover, $26/
paperback, 388 pages.
In July 1946, following Philippine indepen-
dence, the U.S. Department of State and
selected U.S. Foreign Service posts trained
the first officer corps of the Philippine Foreign Service, fondly
known as the “State Department Boys.”These pioneer Filipino
diplomats eventually became the pillars of Philippine diplomacy
and helped the fledgling republic find its place in the community
of nations.
An ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy book,
The State
Department Boys
is the first in-depth study of this interesting
chapter of diplomatic history.
Author Marciano R. de Borja, a career diplomat with the rank
of Chief of Mission II in the Philippine Foreign Service, is the
author of
FSO IV: Starting a Career in the Philippine Foreign Ser-
(1999) and
Basques in the Philippines
The Triumph of Improvisation:
Gorbachev’s Adaptability,
Reagan’s Engagement,
and the End of the Cold War
James GrahamWilson, Cornell University
Press, 2014, $24.95, hardcover,
204 pages.
The Triumph of Improvisation
takes a reflec-
tive look at the end of the Cold War, from
the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979 to Operation
Desert Storm in January 1991. Drawing on deep archival research
and declassified papers, the author argues that it was adaption,
improvisation and engagement by individuals in positions of
power—not a coherent grand strategy—that ended the specter of
a nuclear holocaust.
James GrahamWilson is a historian at the Department of
State. He currently works on Soviet and National Security Policy
volumes for the Foreign Relations of the United States series in the
Office of the Historian.
Hardship Post
Robert J. Taylor, Outskirts Press,
2013, $16.61/paperback, $6.99/Kindle,
299 pages.
In this memoir, Robert Taylor recounts the
life-changing adventure he had while work-
ing for three years in Karachi, Pakistan. The
Aga Khan, the wealthy and influential imam
of the Ismaili Muslims, hired him to help
build the world-class Aga Khan University Hospital. Taylor covers
both the excitement and the challenges of serving overseas in a
foreign culture, and in the process draws a rich portrait of Pakistan
and its people.
Robert Taylor has been an adviser to the World Bank, USAID,
WHO and other international agencies in 30 developing coun-
tries. His memoir won first place in the 2012 Royal Palm Literary
Awards Competition for unpublished memoirs. Originally from
Minnesota, he now lives in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Savage Will:
The Daring Escape of Americans
Trapped Behind Nazi Lines
Timothy M. Gay, New American Library,
2013, $16/paperback, $7.99/Kindle,
352 pages.
In the midst of World War II, men and
women of the 807th Medical Air Evacua-
tion Squadron found themselves crash-
landing behind enemy lines. Hopelessly stranded hundreds of
miles from Allied lines, in a German-occupied Albania already
riveted by war, the survivors trudged through snowy mountains
for two months desperately trying to stay alive. With the aid of
extensive research, Timothy Gay tells one of the most thrilling
untold stories of World War II. It is a story of heroism, courage
and unfailing determination.
Timothy Gay, a historian and writer, is the award-winning
author of
Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Inter-
racial Baseball before Jackie Robinson
(Simon & Schuster, 2011).
His essays and op-ed pieces on American history, politics, public
policy and sports have appeared in the
Washington Post
USA Today
. He resides in Virginia.
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