THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Bring On the Books!
BY SHAWN DORMAN
Shawn Dorman is the editor of
The Foreign Service Journal.
Featured in Talking Points are two new
films about diplomacy premiering this
month. “America’s Diplomats” is a docu-
mentary from the Foreign Policy Associa-
,” looks at the life and
work of Richard Holbrooke through the
lens of his eldest son, documentary film-
maker David Holbrooke.
The cover story this month is from our
Icelandic-American colleague, Ásgeir
Sigfússon, who offers an overview of
Arctic policy and how the United States is“Getting into the Game
I also call your attention to the FS Her-itage article, “Taking Stock of Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes,” written by
FSO father-son teamMaxwell Hamilton
and John Maxwell Hamilton. This is a fas-
cinating story of a lesser-known Secretary
of State in the early 1920s. Sec. Hughes
was a strong proponent of State Depart-
ment reform and the development of a
professional Foreign Service.
At the time, the diplomatic career was
open only to the wealthy few who could
pay their own way overseas. Hughes
strongly supported—and argued before
Congress in favor of—the reforms devel-
oped by career FSO Assistant Secretary
of State Wilbur Carr and codified in the
Rogers Act of 1924. The act established
the Foreign Service we know today,
merging the diplomatic and consular
branches of the State Department, set-
ting a uniform pay scale and granting
representation allowances and retire-
ment benefits that eliminated the need
for private incomes.
he leaves are turning in Wash-
ington, the air is crisp, so it
must be time for the annual
roundup of books by Foreign
Service authors,“InTheir Own Write,
and books“Of Related Interest”
authors outside the Foreign Service.
We have a great collection for you this
year, including 56 books by authors from
the Foreign Service community. You will
find books on a vast array of topics both
related and unrelated to diplomacy—
Latin American rebels in the 1800s, a
“short history” of evolution, Greek urban
warriors, African strongmen, climate
change. You’ll find more than a dozen
memoirs, from Christopher Hill, George
Glass, Deane Hinton and others.
This year, we received more fiction
submissions than ever before: We feature
23 books of fiction by Foreign Service
authors. There are cooking books, chil-
dren’s books, and how-to books. In addi-tion, we introduce a special bibliography of USAID authors, courtesy of retired
USAID FSO John Pielemeier.
Join us in celebration of the writing
accomplishments of your friends and col-
leagues, and find inspiration there for your
own writing and publishing endeavors.
We invite our Washington-area read-
ers to stop by AFSA headquarters on
Nov. 19, between 1 and 4 p.m., for the
Second Annual AFSA
Book Market featuring
more than 20 Foreign
Service authors and
their published works.