"An important and illuminating read."—Washington Post review by Eliot A. Cohen, former State Department counselor and dean, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
“Richter provides a gripping, wistful, and ultimately inspiring portrait of the courage, patriotism, skill, and wisdom of America’s finest diplomats at a difficult hour for our country and profession.”—Ambassador William J. Burns (ret.), former deputy secretary of state, president, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
"The book captures an era in which Middle East policy was carried out by a robustly staffed diplomatic corps who may not have had all answers but were able to discern, better than most, 'which of Washington's decisions brought progress and which led to disaster.' "—The New Yorker
"Paul Richter has done Americans a great service in reminding us of the need for a skilled, non-partisan career Ambassadorial corps at a dangerous moment in our history. The Ambassadors is a clarion call for the revival of the American Foreign Service gutted by the Trump Administration.”—Ambassador Nicholas Burns (ret,) former undersecretary of state, professor, Harvard University
"Finally, a book that captures the incredible courage, sacrifice and unwavering patriotism of the unsung heroes of the war on terrorism. They represent the very finest of the diplomatic corps and of America. Paul Richter has brilliantly portrayed these remarkable icons of the Foreign Service. A must-read for anyone interested in U.S. foreign policy and what it takes to be an American hero!"—Adm. William H. McRaven (retired), former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command and overseer of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
"A compelling and poignant glimpse at an often-overlooked and misunderstood profession...easily digestible and meticulously researched."—Foreign Policy magazine
"Paul Richter takes you on an enthralling ride through the dramatic and dangerous world of diplomacy. The Ambassadors is a story of courage and dedication during some of the most challenging and deadly times in our nation’s history. Grab it fast and dive in."—Martha J. Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs correspondent for ABC News, and best-selling author of The Long Road Home
"Part intriguing spy story, gripping war story, and compassionate love story, the book brings the reader right into the action...This book needed to be written, especially in this time when diplomatic peacemakers are mocked, their opinions are ignored, and their accomplishments are not well known. Paul Richter has brought them from the shadows to the main stage so everyone can hear their remarkable story."—Robert N. Macomber, New York Journal of Books
“An intriguing look at U.S. diplomats in the greater Middle East. [J. Christopher Stevens] paid the ultimate price for his service, and Richter’s depiction of his demise is both captivating and heartbreaking. “There are no ticker tape parades for diplomats,” a State Department official once said. This book gives them the recognition they deserve.”—Kirkus