With Presidents to the Summit

With Presidents to the Summit

by Denis A. Clift, Arthur Denis Clift
     
 

Denis Clift was a senior staff member on the National Security Council and provides an insider's view of summit negotiations during three administrations-Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Writing with keen insight, Clift supplies a fresh perspective on key historical events, from the Iceland Summit in 1973 to the Camp David Summit with Israel and Egypt

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Denis Clift was a senior staff member on the National Security Council and provides an insider's view of summit negotiations during three administrations-Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Writing with keen insight, Clift supplies a fresh perspective on key historical events, from the Iceland Summit in 1973 to the Camp David Summit with Israel and Egypt in 1978.

Editorial Reviews

Presidential Studies Quarterly
The book is well-written and gives and gives an excellent insider's account of staff work at these various summit conferences. It is recommended for all students of the Presidency and foreign policy.
— Ernest R. May, Harvard University
President Gerald Ford - Ernest R. May
The book is well-written and gives and gives an excellent insider's account of staff work at these various summit conferences. It is recommended for all students of the Presidency and foreign policy.
President Jimmy Carter
...a valuable contribution to the understanding of official life in government and especially in the White House.
President Gerald Ford
...this book will be instructive reading for all who are interested in international affairs.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As a senior member of the National Security Council and White House staffs during the Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations, Clift helped prepare a succession of meetings between U.S. presidents and foreign heads of state. The book opens with a report on the 1973 U.S.-France summit in Iceland, then covers U.S.-U.S.S.R. and NATO summits, President Carter's trilateral talks with Israel's Menachem Begin and Egypt's Anwar Sadat, and a wide range of other meetings. Clift is specific about the glitches that commonly arise and how they are dealt with. He is entertaining in his recollections of the trivial moments of summitry: a dinner guest who drank from his fingerbowl, mistaking it for ``very thin'' soup; bits of banter between dignitaries and members of the media; the story of how Clift came to the rescue when First Lady Betty Ford couldn't find suitable gifts for Britain's royal children. Clift's modest memoir presents an unusual view of summitry. Photos. (Apr.)
Booknews
Clift, who was a senior National Security Council and White House staff member, provides an insider's view of summit negotiations during the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Caroline Paulison
Clift provides an engrossing and informative--and sometimes humorous--behind-the-scenes look at U.S. summitry. A former senior staffer at the National Security Council during the Nixon and Ford administrations and later Mondale's assistant for national security, he uses his own summit excursions to describe the hectic life of a summit sherpa. His discussions include the negotiated and strictly structured summit schedules and midnight toast writing, as well as the fundamental concepts of summitry from the importance of the summit site and presidential personalities to diplomatic dining. Clift also gives pointers on how to be a good sherpa: for instance, be exactly on time--the plane waits for no one. This book is a great resource for uncovering and understanding what is involved in creating and successfully completing vital summit meetings and should be of much interest to those concerned with the presidency and foreign affairs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780913969519
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
03/23/1993
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.88(d)

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Jimmy Carter
...a valuable contribution to the understanding of official life in government and especially in the White House.
Gerald Ford
...this book will be instructive reading for all who are interested in international affairs.

Meet the Author

A. Denis Clift is Chief of Staff for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

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