About the book
The book describes the author’s experiences in China during the 1989 "Beijing Spring." It moves to India, and then Kenya at the time of the American Embassy bombing in Nairobi.
“From the Chinese army’s crackdown in Tiananmen Square to Al Qaeda’s terror attacks on the American Embassy in Nairobi, Joanne and Jim Huskey have been on the front lines of some of the most dramatic moments in recent history—Jim as a U.S. Foreign Service officer, Joanne as his intrepid partner. A compelling political thriller, colorful adventure story, and well-written travelogue, The Unofficial Diplomat provides a revealing behind-the-scenes glimpse of what life is really like for our diplomats and their families as they face the challenges of representing the United States while seeking to carve out a semblance of normal existence in a tumultuous world. A wonderful read.”
—MIKE CHINOY, former CNN Senior Asia Corrrespondent
“This book provides a wonderful insight into the highs and lows, the exuberance and terrors, of a life well lived in the Foreign Service. Read the part about the al Qaeda bombing of the Nairobi embassy in 1998 and you will understand how the mindset and personal leadership of community members like Joanne helped us accomplish extraordinary things against great odds. The Unofficial Diplomat makes clear why Foreign Service spouses and family members deserve such respect and affection.”
—PRUDENCE BUSHNELL, former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala
"The Huskeys brought enthusiasm and exuberance to their two China postings, backed by a profound interest in the history and culture of China. And when faced with the tragedy of Tiananmen in June 1989, while Jim Huskey performed brilliantly, applying his creativity and adventurous spirit to get the account right, Joanne was with him all the way. Her diverse talents and humanity brought two worlds closer together. Both understand the importance and appeal of Taiwan and yet clearly know the power of China in our future. A very good book. Read it!”
—JAMES R. LILLEY, former U.S. Ambassador to China and former Director of the American Institute in Taiwan