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From the Publisher"There’s [a] book that reflects the nation’s history since World War II that is simply a gem…it is the rare memoir that is so fascinating, so informative, and written with such a light hand that one is both eager and reluctant to finish it. Such is In the Shadows of History: 50 Years Behind the Scenes of Cold War Diplomacy…[Cooper] takes the reader behind the scenes as he deals with prime ministers, premiers, and presidents as he quietly and effectively served his nation. Cooper was a witness to and participant in the great events of the last half-century. This book is a gem for anyone interested in those turbulent years."
"Cooper’s memorable memoir is replete with pungent observations of CIA chiefs, cabinet secretaries, and British prime ministers.
"Chester Cooper's vivid memoir should rightly be titled ‘In the Forefront of History.’ An account of his own experiences at the upper echelons of government, it is a valuable contribution to our knowledge and understanding of some of the crucial events of the past century."
Stanley Karnow, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Vietnam: A History