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“Apartheid South Africa was on fire around me.”
So begins the memoir of Career Foreign Service Officer Edward J. Perkins, the first black United States ambassador to South Africa. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan gave him the unparalleled assignment: dismantle apartheid without violence.
As he fulfilled that assignment, Perkins was scourged by the American press, despised by the Afrikaner government, hissed at by white South African citizens, and initially boycotted by black South African revolutionaries, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu. His advice to President-elect George H. W. Bush helped modify American policy and hasten the release of Nelson Mandela and others from prison.
Perkins’s up-by-your-bootstraps life took him from a cotton farm in segregated Louisiana to the white elite Foreign Service, where he became the first black officer to ascend to the top position of director general.
This is the story of how one man turned the page of history.
|Publisher:||University of Oklahoma Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Edward J. Perkins, now retired as a U.S. Ambassador, is William J. Crowe Professor of Geopolitics and Executive Director of the International Programs Center at the University of Oklahoma.
Award-winning journalist Connie Cronley is the author of two previous collections of essays, Sometimes a Wheel Falls Off and Light and Variable: A Year of Celebrations, Holidays, Recipes, and Emily Dickinson, and the collaborating author of Mr. Ambassador: Warrior for Peace, a memoir by Edward J. Perkins.
George P. Shultz is former Secretary of State of the United States.
A Rhodes Scholar, David Boren is President of the University of Oklahoma. A former governor of Oklahoma, he served as U.S. Senator from Oklahoma from 1979 to 1994 and chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1987 to 1993.
Table of Contents
Foreword George P. Shultz xiii
Preface David L. Boren xv
Introduction: Fire with Fire 3
Jesus Christ and Huey Long 13
High School in the Big City 37
Portland-Portal to the World 51
Young Warrior 73
Japan, Land of the Rising Sun 83
The Few. The Proud. 105
Taiwan, the Beautiful Island 123
Education and Eisenhower's Little War 137
The Foreign Service of the United States 147
Ghana in a Time of Turbulence 169
Liberia in Revolution 195
The Office of West African Affairs 217
Mr. Ambassador 235
A Black Ambassador to South Africa? 247
Let Them Know I Am Here 273
Making Policy in South Africa 289
The White Tribe 331
Reporting In 351
Tightening the Screws 365
Angola-Namibia: The Long Struggle for Peace 405
Postscript: South Africa 421
Director General: Changing the Foreign Service 435
The United Nations 461
Australia: Down Under and Beyond 497
Note and Sources 533