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Title Madam Ambassador : three years of diplomacy, dinner parties, and democracy in Budapest / Eleni Kounalakis.
Imprint New York : The New Press, 2015.


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Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references.
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Subject Kounalakis, Eleni.
Kounalakis, Eleni.
Afghan War (2001- )
Ambassadors -- United States -- Biography.
Women ambassadors -- United States -- Biography.
Greek Americans -- Biography.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Hungary.
Hungary -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Hungary -- Politics and government -- 1989-
Budapest (Hungary) -- Biography.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 2009-2017.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Diplomatic history.
Hungary -- Budapest.
United States.
Since 1989
Genre Biographies.
Contents Boar Hunt -- Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary -- "One Eye Is Smiling, One Eye Is Crying" -- A Long Way from Home -- How Do You Become a U.S. Ambassador? -- Viktor Orban's Revolution -- Family Life -- The Curse of Turan and the Fourth of July -- Travels with Csaba -- Aghanistan : In the War Zone -- God and Country -- Presidency of the European Union -- Golden Week -- Seven Hundred New Laws -- Family Life ... the Royal Treatment -- The Three-Legged Stool of Democracy -- Anti-Semitism : The Bizarre and the Tragic -- Security Overseas -- The New Deal, Same as the Old Deal? -- Afghanistan, Revisited -- Farewell -- Letter from Secretary John Kerry to Ambassador Kounalakis.
Summary "A helicopter ride to visit troops in the Afghanistan war zone, a tense meeting with the newly elected Prime Minister, and ... a wild boar hunt! Eleni Kounalakis was forty-three and a land developer in Sacramento, California, when she was tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Hungary under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. During her tenure, from 2010 to 2013, Hungary was a key ally in the U.S. military surge, held elections in which a center-right candidate gained a two-thirds supermajority and rewrote the country's constitution, and grappled with the rise of Hungarian nationalism and anti-semitism. The first Greek-American woman ever to serve as a U.S. ambassador, Kounalakis recounts her training at the State Department's 'charm school' and her three years of diplomatic life in Budapest--from protocols about seating, salutations, and embassy security to what to do when the deposed King of Greece hands you a small chocolate crown (eat it, of course!). A cross between a foreign policy memoir and an inspiring personal family story--her immigrant Greek father went from agricultural day laborer to land developer and major Democratic party activist--Madam Ambassador draws back the curtain on what it is like to represent the U.S. government abroad as well as how American embassies around the world function"-- Provided by publisher.
Other Title Print version: Kounalakis, Eleni. Madam Ambassador 9781620971116