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AFSA Book Notes: "Global Adventures on Less Traveled Roads"

October 11, 2017


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AFSA welcomes Ambassador (ret.) James Bullington to discuss his new book, Global Adventures on Less-Traveled Roads—A Foreign Service Memoir. The event takes place at AFSA headquarters, 2101 E St NW, at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 11.
This autobiographical memoir traces Foreign Service Officer Jim Bullington's journey along less-traveled roads from redneck roots to a career as a diplomat and U.S. Ambassador. His adventures include challenging segregation as a college newspaper editor in Alabama; three tours of duty as a "warrior diplomat" in Vietnam; service in exotic posts in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa; a job as municipal Foreign Minister for the City of Dallas; six years as Peace Corps Director in Niger; and post-retirement recall to diplomatic duty in Senegal to help end a 30-year insurgency. The book recounts his personal as well as professional life, including his marriage to Tuy-Cam following their narrow escape from behind North Vietnamese lines during the 1968 Tet Offensive. It provides a behind-the-scenes look at the practice of American diplomacy, featuring struggles with Washington bureaucrats as well as hostile foreign leaders.

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