All over the world, diplomacy is under threat. Diplomats used to handle sensitive international negotiations, but increasingly, incendiary Tweets and bombastic public statements are posing a threat to foreign relations.
In The Art of Diplomacy, the former US ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, and his partner, Vicki Heyman, spell out why diplomacy and diplomats matter, especially in today’s turbulent times. This dynamic power couple arrived in Canada intent on representing American interests, but they quickly learned that to do so meant representing the shared interests of all citizens—no matter what side of the 49th parallel they happened to live on.
Bruce and Vicki narrate their three years in Canada spent journeying across the country and meeting Canadians from all walks of life—including Supreme Court justices, prime ministers, fishermen, farmers, artists, and entrepreneurs. They tell the behind-the-scenes stories of how their team helped bring Obama to Canada and Trudeau to the US. They also reveal the importance of creating cultural and artistic exchange between Canada and the US, of promoting economic and trade interests, and overall, of making a lasting positive impact on one of the most important relationships in the free world today.
This politically poignant and heartfelt memoir is a call to action, a reminder that only by working together to protect our shared values—the environment, social justice and human rights—can nations build a better world for all. As their long-time friend and colleague President Obama once said, “The world needs more Canada.” At this key moment in history, when opposing nationalist and populist agendas threaten to divide us, The Art of Diplomacy reminds us to keep calm, to work together and to carry on.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Vicki Heyman was an American cultural envoy in Canada, leading cross-border conversations and programs related to the arts, social innovation, and youth engagement. She is on the board of the Council for Canadian American Relations, the international advisory board of C2 Montreal, and Chicago Media Project. Vicki lives in Chicago where she and Bruce are co-founders of Uncharted,llc. Connect on Twitter @vshey.
Table of Contents
Introduction: We Are Family, No Matter What 1
1 Yes We Can 11
2 Tell Me What You Know About Canada 25
3 Home Away from Home 43
4 In Bed with an Elephant 59
5 Into the Weeds 85
6 Breaking the Ice 109
7 A Healthy Hive 127
8 The Way You Make Your Bed 153
9 Grace Will Lead Us Home 165
10 When the Walls Come Tumbling Down 177
11 The World Needs More Canada 193
12 Hindsight 209
13 The Queen Bee Leaves the Hive 229
Epilogue: The Art of Diplomacy 237
Appendix: Heyman Honey Cake 247
Photography Credits 253