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Lessons from the edge A memoir.

by Yovanovitch, Marie.

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An inspiring and urgent memoir by the ambassador who electrified the nation by speaking truth to power. By the time she became U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch had seen her share of corruption, instability, and tragedy in developing countries. But it came as a shock when, in early 2019, she was recalled from her post after a smear campaign by President Trump's personal attorney and his associates{u2014}men operating outside of normal governmental channels, and apparently motivated by personal gain. Her courageous participation in the subsequent impeachment inquiry earned Yovanovitch the nation's respect, and her dignified response to the president's attacks won our hearts. She has reclaimed her own narrative, first with her lauded congressional testimony, and now with this memoir. A child of parents who survived Soviet and Nazi terror, Yovanovitch's life and work have taught her the preciousness of democracy as well as the dangers of corruption. Lessons From the Edge follows the arc of her career as she develops into the person we came to know during the impeachment proceedings.
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Booklist Review: "After her magnetic congressional testimony during Donald Trump's first impeachment trial, Yovanovitch was hailed as a "rock star," a "badass." She felt anything but. As a career public servant posted to danger zones in lands ruled by corrupt regimes from Somalia to Kyrgyzstan, Yovanovitch's pragmatic mantra was "keep your head down." Wherever her diplomatic missions took her, Yovanovitch epitomized foreign service office philosophy, hewing to the principle of representing American ideals and policies with dignity and integrity. This worked well for her until Trump and his henchmen came along. In a far-reaching memoir that traces her family's migration from Russia to North America and her own trajectory from shy private school student to ambitious State Department careerist, Yovanovitch divulges in granular detail the situation on the ground in every country she served while illuminating the deft juggling act required when one is charged with bringing democracy to nations mired in totalitarianism or authoritarianism. Nowhere was that task more challenging than in her posting as ambassador to Ukraine during the Trump administration, which set her in the crosshairs of nefarious politicians both abroad and at home. A superbly crafted and intimately revealing self-portrait of a true hero of American diplomacy. Pair this with Fiona Hill's There Is Nothing for You Here (2021)."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who got unwillingly caught up in Donald Trump's first impeachment, examines corruption abroad and at home in this stinging memoir. Yovanovitch was removed from her ambassadorship in Kiev in 2019 amid fabricated accusations of collusion with Ukrainian figures to subvert the 2016 U.S. presidential election and claims that she "had spoken with 'disdain' about the Trump administration." As she writes, the allegations arose from efforts by Trump's lawyer Rudolph Giuliani and a Ukrainian prosecutor to tar candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter with insinuations of corrupt dealings in Ukraine. Yovanovitch gives a gripping account of this Kafkaesque scandal, complete with Trump's drive-by tweets--"Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad"--and her moving testimony at congressional impeachment hearings. She sets it within an engrossing recap of her diplomatic career in postings to Somalia and ex-Soviet nations, during which she was subjected to sexist indignities (while ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, she was asked by a press attaché to serve cookies to a reporter) and enmeshed in wrangles to promote reforms aimed at bolstering human rights and reducing rampant corruption in foreign governments (and, eventually, America's). Full of shrewd insights and bitter ironies, Yovanovitch's saga offers a revealing insider's take on the labyrinth of foreign policy and on one of the most sordid episodes of Trump's presidency. Photos. (Mar.)"
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Subjects Yovanovitch, Maria L., 1958-
Ambassadors United States Biography
Biography & Autobiography
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :HarperCollins2022
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Language English
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