Cocktails, Crises and Cockroaches is an entertaining yet instructive account of the life and experiences of a frontline diplomat in a variety of countries. The realities and flavors of diplomatic life (including its frustration, risks and comedy) are interwoven with local color, travel and contemporary history in a lively manner. Background settings include: the security and intelligence problems in post-war Europe, the break in diplomatic relations with Iran in 1951, the first meeting of the UN General Assembly to be held in New York, Churchillas second spell as Prime Minister, Washington during the Suez crises, Thailand under Chinese Communist threat, West Germany in the qeconomic miracleq years, Libya at the time of the June War and the Ghadaffi Revolution, Hungary and East Germany during the Cold War.No such elegance was needed to attract visitors to the Oktoberfest a the beer festival to outclass all beer festivals a held on the Theresienwiese on the outskirts of the city. Enormous ... Bratwurst and Leberwurst with a deplorably high bread content were sold with dollops of bright yellow mustard. Rows of chickens roasted on spits as local poultry keepers took the opportunity to make exorbitant profits.
|Title||:||Cocktails, Crises and Cockroaches|
|Publisher||:||The Radcliffe Press - 1999-10-29|