Washington Waltz - Helen LombardAlfred A Knopf, 1941, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good - in Poor DJ. Several small tears and some loss at edges of DJ which is also a little grubby. Page bottom edges untrimmed.
For the past ten years a diplomatic game for enormous stakes has been played inside Washington's embassies. Aided by our disdain for courtly manoeuvre and intrigue, foreign envoys have been able to veil their work in secrecy. But the author is peculiarly well qualified to break the story, for she was long a member of the inner circle of the diplomatic set.This book contains scores of anecdotes about stiff aristocrats trying to adapt themselves to American ways, about the ludicrous complexities of protocol, about plots that backfired and schemes that overshot the mark.One leaves this racy book knowing how seemingly trifling and amusing incidents became linked with political milestones and general policies, and eventually help to shape the destiny of America.