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Getting Our Way

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"Over the last five hundred years, Britain's power has waxed and waned: from the puny island nation of the sixteenth century, to the global superpower of the nineteenth century, to the more modest post-imperial status today of a major European power. But in these radically different circumstances, the wisdom of Lord Palmerston's observation has endured. Getting Our Way recounts nine stories from Britain's diplomatic annals over the last five hundred years, in which the diplomats themselves are at the centre of the narrative. It is an inside account of their extraordinary experiences, sometimes in the face of physical danger, often at history's hinge. Be it Henry Killigrew's mission to Edinburgh in 1572, Castlereagh at the Congress of Vienna, Our Man in Washington and the Nassau Deal, or the handover of Hong Kong to China, we can see how Britain has viewed its interests in the world and sought to advance them.

Some of these dramatic episodes record triumph, some failure, but all of them illustrate how the three pillars of the national interest - security, prosperity and values - have been the foundation of British foreign policy for half a century. Each story is illuminated by colourful anecdotes and insights drawn from Christopher Meyer's first-hand experience of international relations.

Moreover, the book is a salutary reminder that foreign policy (what is to be done) and diplomacy (how it is to be done) begin and end with the national interest. And far from being the preserve of aloof aristocrats, the pursuit of our national interest is replete with intrigue, treachery, espionage, and danger - an extraordinary combination of high principle and low cunning, vice and virtue, all with the specific aim of 'getting our way'."

The book accompanied a BBC TV series of the same name. There are numerous colour and black and white photographs included.

Book pages are in very good condition. There is some discolouration due to light exposure at the top and front page edges.
Hardback cover has silver text on the spine and is in very good condition.
The uncut dustcover has some slight wear at the corners.

Item details

Author(s):
Meyer, Christopher
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2009, First Edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0297858750
ISBN-13:
9780297858751
Number of pages:
292
Publisher:
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Title:
Getting Our Way - 500 Years of Adventure and Intrigue: the Inside Story of British Diplomacy

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"Over the last five hundred years, Britain's power has waxed and waned: from the puny island nation of the sixteenth century, to the global superpower of the nineteenth century, to the more modest post-imperial status today of a major European power. But in these radically different circumstances, the wisdom of Lord Palmerston's observation has endured. Getting Our Way recounts nine stories from Britain's diplomatic annals over the last five hundred years, in which the diplomats themselves are at the centre of the narrative. It is an inside account of their extraordinary experiences, sometimes in the face of physical danger, often at history's hinge. Be it Henry Killigrew's mission to Edinburgh in 1572, Castlereagh at the Congress of Vienna, Our Man in Washington and the Nassau Deal, or the handover of Hong Kong to China, we can see how Britain has viewed its interests in the world and sought to advance them.

Some of these dramatic episodes record triumph, some failure, but all of them illustrate how the three pillars of the national interest - security, prosperity and values - have been the foundation of British foreign policy for half a century. Each story is illuminated by colourful anecdotes and insights drawn from Christopher Meyer's first-hand experience of international relations.

Moreover, the book is a salutary reminder that foreign policy (what is to be done) and diplomacy (how it is to be done) begin and end with the national interest. And far from being the preserve of aloof aristocrats, the pursuit of our national interest is replete with intrigue, treachery, espionage, and danger - an extraordinary combination of high principle and low cunning, vice and virtue, all with the specific aim of 'getting our way'."

The book accompanied a BBC TV series of the same name. There are numerous colour and black and white photographs included.

Book pages are in very good condition. There is some discolouration due to light exposure at the top and front page edges.
Hardback cover has silver text on the spine and is in very good condition.
The uncut dustcover has some slight wear at the corners.

Author(s):
Meyer, Christopher
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2009, First Edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0297858750
ISBN-13:
9780297858751
Number of pages:
292
Publisher:
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Title:
Getting Our Way - 500 Years of Adventure and Intrigue: the Inside Story of British Diplomacy

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