“…one of the best autobiographies in recent years … readers will appreciate the [Blinkens’] take on the 1990s in East[ern] Europe.” MBR Bookwatch
“…a revealing and fascinating dual memoir…” ForeWord Magazine
“…a candid behind-the-scenes look at the glamour and challenges of diplomatic life … The energetic narration moves seamlessly from historical to contemporary political themes to the more personal and particular highlight of the bookaccompanying Vera Blinken as she rediscovers what remains of the Budapest of her childhood.” Publishers Weekly
“…a gripping account of a refugee’s escape and an engaging peek at the social and cultural aspects of ambassadorial life.” Foreign Affairs
“President Clinton made a wise choice in sending Donald and Vera Blinken to Hungary. This book serves as a reminder of the critical role that ambassadors can play in advancing the interests of our country at the pivot points of history. Their teamwork was good for Hungary, good for our country, and it also makes for a great story.” Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
“Spend time with Vera and the ambassadorin person or in this bookand you encounter a remarkable American couple. Their devotion to each other, to our country, and to freedom is a treasure of our times.” Bill Moyers
“What a life! Vera and Donald Blinken are the ultimate power couple whose wise and witty understanding of our world should be required reading for everyone in public service. This is also a love storylove of country, love for each otherthat will inspire generations to come. Vera and the Ambassador is a diplomatic coup.” Lynn Sherr, ABC News
“…provides honest insight into the role an ambassador and his spouse played in an emerging democracy.” George Soros