Shut Up, I'm Talking

Shut Up, I'm Talking

And Other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government, A Memoir

Book - 2008
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"We don't offer internships," the ambassador told me. Oh, wonderful, I thought. Then what exactly am I doing here? Why had I been put through their intense security procedures? And why did some disembodied voice named Yaron now know the names of most of my childhood friends, my opinions on the different law school classes I was taking, my sexual preferences, and the nationality of my roommate? I fought the urge to start yelling incoherently out of sheer frustration. The ambassador asked, "Do you want a job instead?" "Pardon me?" I replied, thinking I had misheard him. "The chances of you getting a job here were exactly zero," he told me, which I thought was strange after he'd seemingly just offered me a job. "There is generally no chance for a resume to reach me, and if it does, I usually just throw it away." He paused to gauge my reaction. I must have looked like someone trying hallucinogenic drugs for the first time. "I don't know how it got to me in the first place, or how you got in the door," he continued. "It just so happens, though, that our speechwriter is leaving soon. Would you like to come on as a sort of deputy speechwriter on a part-time basis, and then if everything goes well, this summer you will become the actual speechwriter and take over?" Slightly frazzled and more than a little bit shocked, I didn't know what to say. The ambassador smiled in obvious amusement, and repeated, "Because we don't offer internships." Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, [2008]
ISBN: 9781416556138
1416556133
Characteristics: xiii, 267 p. ;,24 cm.

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jeanannecarmen
Feb 26, 2012

I think this is a well written text that made me want to read more. Details about live at the Consulate and work in Israel are given in more broad strokes than a lot of specific details, which was find by me. I did gain a new respect for life in Israel by the info shared.

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chrisengelking
Jan 07, 2011

I was hoping the author would go into greater detail about the daily ins and outs. I would not recommend this text for anyone who wants even the slightest insight into working for the Israeli consulate, there's just not enough substance.

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