Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Pow­er, and Persistence

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May 4, 2018

Dis­tin­guished ambas­sador Wendy Sher­man com­bines per­son­al sto­ry­telling and expert insight to show read­ers how they can put diplo­mat­ic val­ues like courage, per­sis­tence, and empa­thy to work in their own lives.

The art of diplo­ma­cy requires courage, per­sis­tence, and above all, authen­tic­i­ty. In Not for the Faint of Heart, Ambas­sador Wendy Sher­man argues that we can all learn to put these qual­i­ties to work in our lives.

In this book, Sher­man shares sto­ries of her time in the State Depart­ment nego­ti­at­ing the most sen­si­tive issues of our time (often as the lone woman in the room), along with per­son­al sto­ries that show how our pri­vate expe­ri­ences affect our pro­fes­sion­al lives. She argues that we nego­ti­ate best when we are our authen­tic selves, not reliant on strat­a­gems or manip­u­la­tion but on all of the skills we’ve gained through our experiences.

Not for the Faint of Heart brings read­ers inside the world of inter­na­tion­al diplo­ma­cy and into the mind of one of our most effec­tive diplo­mat­ic nego­tia­tors, reveal­ing that suc­cess takes courage, the abil­i­ty to forge com­mon ground, and an under­stand­ing of the nature and use of power.

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