Lessons from the Edge By Marie Yovanovitch

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Lessons from the Edge: A Memoir By Marie Yovanovitch


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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | An inspiring and urgent memoir by the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine—a pioneering diplomat who spent her career advancing democracy in the post-Soviet world, and who electrified the nation by speaking truth to power during the first impeachment of President Trump.By the time she became U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch had seen her share of corruption, instability, and tragedy in developing countries. But it came as a shock when, in early 2019, she was recalled from her post after a smear campaign by President Trump’s personal attorney and his associates—men operating outside of normal governmental channels, and apparently motivated by personal gain. Her courageous participation in the subsequent impeachment inquiry earned Yovanovitch the nation’s respect, and her dignified response to the president’s attacks won our hearts. She has reclaimed her own narrative, first with her lauded congressional testimony, and now with this memoir.A child of parents who survived Soviet and Nazi terror, Yovanovitch’s life and work have taught her the preciousness of democracy as well as the dangers of corruption. Lessons from the Edge follows the arc of her career as she develops into the person we came to know during the impeachment proceedings.“A brilliant, engaging, and inspiring memoir from one of America’s wisest and most courageous diplomats—essential reading for current policymakers, aspiring public servants, and anyone who cares about America’s role in the world.”—Madeleine K. Albright“At turns moving and gripping and always inspiring … a powerful testament to a uniquely American life well-lived and a remarkable career of dedicated public service at the highest levels of government.”—Fiona Hill, New York Times best-selling author of There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century
This is a superb memoir by former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich.I bought this memoir because I was so impressed by Ambassador Yovanovich’s testimony before the first Impeachment hearings.In my view the memoir is informative andbalanced. We learn a great deal about what it means to enter the U.S. Foreign Service, as Ambassador Yovanovich did, and the diligent and hard work necessary to rise through the Service eventually to become U.S. ambassador in three countries.There is a fine balance between discussion of her personal life and her professional one. Comments about her testimony to the Impeachment committee were, it seemed to me, thoughtful and forthright, yet also restrained.When I finished reading the work, I definitely felt proud that Ambassador Yovanovich represented the United States so capably and so well.
Marie Yovanovitch’s memoir gives testimony for what a competent and dedicated woman can do in the service to our country. Her values and ability to do the right thing shine through in this look back at how a person with confidence, integrity and humility can overcome self doubts and forge ahead in unknown territories. It was great to get a glimpse of Joe Biden’s role it global diplomacy.I hope, after the inexcusable treatment of her by Guiliani, Trump and others, she is able to appreciate how highly regarded she is by so many reputable people who know of her good work.
Honest, thoughtful, full of insight and humanity. If you ever need a working definition of allegiance, here it is. A mix of her family’s story, her climb up the State Dept ladder, history, politics, all wonderfully told.
i started this book yesterday on audible. it is amazing and interesting and a learning experience! Author reads it. She’s very down to earth despite her accomplishments.
This was an excellent listen for a few reasons: 1. the author’s rendering of her story was spot-on great. 2. she imbues this story with some dry humor…really nice, 3. she is honest and frank and smart….great insights into the inner-workings of being a diplomat (and ambassador). Highly recommended.
Marie Yovanovitch’s clear-sighted assessment of U.S. foreign policy is important not only to understand diplomacy for the past 30 years, but also to understand what has happened since Feb. 24 in Ukraine. Although this book was written before Russia invaded Ukraine, her foreshadowing of what could happen as a result of Guiliani/Trump Administration meddling and policy failures in 2018 – 2020 has proven to be spot on. The book also highlights the critical role career U.S. diplomats at all levels play in supporting and maintaining democracy around the world. N.B.: For what he did NOT do, Mike Pompeo should never be allowed to hold office again.Paula L. Stepankowsky


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