?What a remarkable book this is. The writing is clear, compelling, visceral. The analysis is formidable. The story leaves you gasping. Bob Fowler spares nothing: not himself, not Al Qaeda, not the Canadian response from the RCMP to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It?s been eons since I?ve read a work of non-fiction where every page grabs your heart or your head or both. It?s an autobiographical tour de force.?
- Stephen Lewis () --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
ROBERT R. FOWLER joined the Department of External Affairs in 1969 and was posted to Paris in 1971 and to the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in 1976. He returned to External Affairs headquarters in 1978 to become executive assistant to Allan Gotlieb, the under-secretary of state for External Affairs. In 1980, he was seconded to the Privy Council Office as assistant secretary to the Cabinet (Foreign and Defence Policy), where he served as foreign policy advisor to prime ministers Trudeau, Turner and Mulroney. In 1986 Mr. Fowler became assistant deputy minister (Policy) in the Department of National Defence, and then he served as deputy minister from 1989 to 1995. From 1995 to 2000 he was Canada’s longest serving ambassador to the United Nations, following which he was named ambassador to Italy and also personal representative for Africa for prime ministers Chrétien and Harper. Fowler lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
As I have bought and given 38 copies of this book to friends and family, I think it can be assumed that I found it first rate. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2013 by Diana Fowler LeBlanc
Harrowing account of time spent in captivity and a warning of the shifting plague of terrorism as the fanaticism spreads like a deadly virus through North Africa. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2012 by sandra bassett
Je n'ai pas encore lu ce livre et j'ai bien hâte de le faire. Demeurant à l'extérieur, j'ai fait livré ce livre chez ma soeur et devinez... Read morePublished on May 19 2012 by Murielle
There might be one mistake depicted in one photograph, with the people not described properly as on the right or left. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2012 by Rodney Newton