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Weapons of Mass Diplomacy by Abel Lanzac

Weapons of Mass Diplomacy

by Abel Lanzac, Christophe Blain (Illustrator)

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"Weapons of Mass Diplomacy" is a lightly-fictionalized account of Lanzac's experience as special counselor and speech writer for French Foreign Minister Taillard de Vorms during the eve of the 2003 Iraq War. The account has been embellished and illustrated by Blain, who brings out the energy and humor of the situation.

"Weapons of Mass Diplomacy" offers an incredible, and possibly unparalleled, look at the work of a foreign affairs department in a European state government. Yes, everything is exaggerated for humor and melodrama, but at the same time, it feels very real – the office politics, work-life balance struggle and the obscenely personal nature of international diplomacy. ( )
  jasonli | Jan 3, 2015 |
As the emerging conflict between the United States and the Middle Eastern country of Khemed (Iraq) threatens to blow up into a Third World War, one small team of diplomats, under the leadership of the charismatic yet domineering French Foreign Minister Alexandre Taillard de Vorms, feverishly works to avert this catastrophe. The dynamics of this team can be seen as a microcosm of the difficulties of international diplomacy itself; fragile egos, petty feuds, backstabbing and favoritism complicate the delicate work of maintaining geopolitical stability.

This engaging satire comes was originally published in France. Although attributed to Abel Lanzac, this graphic novel was written by the diplomat Antonin Baudry, who worked under the French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin in the early 2000s. The illustrations convey the immediate urgency, futility and irony of working in diplomacy. ( )
  kivarson | Jul 31, 2014 |
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Following 9/11, President Bush’s “War on Terror” with plans to invade Iraq erupted into a cultural clash between French reluctance and American assurance over the case for “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” In Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, diplomat Abel Lanzac reveals the tension and politics through a French insider’s point of view, with satirical humor that softens the controversial subject matter. Readers follow Lanzac’s fictionalized self, Arthur Vlaminck, a speechwriter for the French Foreign Minister. As part of a team of flamboyant ministerial advisors, he has been tasked with drafting France’s response to the growing international crisis in the Middle East, which is then delivered before the United Nations Security Council. A graphic milestone of diplomacy, Weapons of Mass Diplomacy—a bestseller in Europe—pro­vides a revelatory account of a period that saw French fries become “freedom fries” and an alternative perspective on the decisions leading up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

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Bestselling satire about French diplomacy in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

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