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Behind the Embassy Door: Canada, Clinton,…

Behind the Embassy Door: Canada, Clinton, and Quebec

by James J. Blanchard

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Not a very challenging read, as Blanchard writes as if his reader has never heard of Canada before. The former Michigan governor offers some insight on the character of Bill Clinton, but, as a loyal cabinet member, excuses some serious character flaws of the president. ( )
  brentetzel | Jun 16, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0771014783, Hardcover)

From the moment he became U.S. ambassador to Canada in 1993, James J. Blanchard was determined to make a difference. He succeeded – to hte benefit of both countries.

Behind the Embassy Door is an insider’s view of politics and diplomacy at one of the most crucial periods in the history of U.S.-Canada relations. The North American Free Trade Agreement, negotiated against a background of fierce controversy, was agreed to but not yet ratified and a newly elected Liberal government had promised to renegotiate the deal. At the same time, the separatist government in Quebec was pushing the country to the brink of dissolution with a referendum on sovereignty. This book gives fascinating insight into the role of the U.S. ambassador at a time when seemingly minor remarks and gestures could prove decisive.

This is an extraordinary account of how international relations are conducted at the highest level. It is also a candid account of the everyday life of an ambassador abroad. Blanchard takes us behind the scenes with a number of Canadian and American politicians and public figures, from Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to President Clinton, and many of their senior cabinet members and advisers.

Blanchard describes the coast-to-coast trip across Canada that he undertook shortly after his arrival. And he tells about visits to Ottawa by the president, Vice-President Gore, Madeleine Albright, and many others. He recalls how the president’s mother charmed a thousand women and how Hillary Clinton skated on the famed Rideau Canal.

This book offers an unprecedented and frequently surprising look at the intimate everyday workings of a relationship that is unique among nations.

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