Thompson Buchanan
Vellum, 2011
210 Pages, 46 Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9836899-4-2 Paperback

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About the Author

Thomas Buchanan joined the State Department as an intelligence analyst on the Soviet Union in 1948, later joining the Foreign Service in 1955. He served in Paris, Moscow, Burundi, Gabon, Osloa, and Leningrad. Retiring in 1981, he worked on intelligence contracts for State and in Moscow for the INS and USAID. He has published articles in Foreign Policy and the Foreign Service Journal and organized lectures on Russia and Central Asia.

About the book

This memoir describes the challenges facing a Foreign Service political officer during the Cold War in a career focused primarily on the Soviet Union and Africa. Along the way he writes of his early life, his education, his service in World War II in the V-12 program and Germany; family adventures in Jackson Hole and Provence; and thoughts about life in the Foreign Service, the practice of diplomacy; and the final journey.

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“Russian cab drivers, Tsarist palaces, Kremlin leaders, Foggy Bottom, and the African jungle–they are all here in Tom Buchanan’s witty and fast-paced memoir of a fascinating life in the Foreign Service. As one of our most experienced Russia specialists, Buchanan was on hand in Washington, Moscow, and Leningrad for many momentous Cold War events. His frank and absorbing account and advice for the future are well worth reading.”
-EDWARD HURWITZ, U.S. Ambassador (ret.)

“This delightful book is full of excitement, humor, and wisdom. Buchanan’s adventures from Africa to Russia, with excursions in France and Norway, range from the harrowing to the hilarious. The book… shows how hard work, courage, and a sense of humor on the part of both spouses can make Foreign Service life productive and enjoyable. And it is fun to read as well.”
-ROGER KIRK, U.S. Ambassador (ret.)

“A joyful and fascinating account of a distinguished and devoted Foreign Service couple who served in Russia, Central Africa, and Washington. The reader will find unique insights into the historical times of the Cold War and beyond and a gold mine of reflections on the Soviet era in Moscow and Leningrad, where Americans and Russians vied for advantage. The Buchanans were examples of the very best in the Foreign Service.”
-GARY MATTHEWS, U.S. Ambassador (ret.)