Well-written and lively, offering an engaging way to learn about the sometimes-perplexing world of foreign consulates.

The Foreign Consuls Among Us

LOCAL BRIDGES TO GLOBALISM

This expanded second edition adds a global perspective to a surprisingly readable explanation of foreign consuls.

Arguably, Americans are generally less worldly in foreign affairs, in part because of the country’s physical isolation from much of the rest of the world. American citizens are also likely to be ignorant of foreign consuls, even though consuls may be located in their very communities. Yet as Hofstadter, a Finnish-born transplant to America who spent time as a consul, explains, these officials help “in the development of commercial, economic, cultural and scientific relations between their countries and the U.S. locales where they are posted.” The author handily explains what consuls are and their primary functions, as well as proper etiquette when it comes to dealing with them. While the book is most relevant for American government officials, academics, or businesspeople who might have interactions with foreign dignitaries, it could be of interest to a broader audience because it is so enjoyable to read. Hofstadter writes with a great deal of polish and good humor in a style that is informal yet authoritative. She is particularly adept at creating engaging chapter openings through her use of anecdotes that often demonstrate various blunders caused largely by people who haven’t a clue how to interact with consuls or how to make the best use of their services. The author discusses some of the key areas in which consuls have an impact, including facilitating travel as well as cross-border educational exchanges. Particularly interesting are explanations of the distinction between “career” and “honorary” consuls and the differences between consular and diplomatic personnel. Also useful (and somewhat dizzying) are the variety of definitions: “consul general,” “consul,” “vice consul,” “consulate,” “consular corps,” and “diplomat.” The details about how to address consuls (both in person and in written form) and seat them at events are admittedly mundane, but they will certainly help avoid embarrassment for individuals responsible for such things.

Well-written and lively, offering an engaging way to learn about the sometimes-perplexing world of foreign consulates.

Pub Date: Feb. 16, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-9882169-1-4

Page Count: 262

Publisher: Seagreen Press

Review Posted Online: Aug. 17, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2015

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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