Books: Kind Words for Mr. Bastard

AFFAIRS AT STATE by Henry Serrano Villard. 254 pages. Crowell. $5.95.

During a diplomatic reception in Manila some years ago, a guest with a tenuous grip on the English language grew more and more perplexed. Finally he turned to another guest. "Who," he asked, gesturing toward an obviously important U.S. official, "is this man they call Mr. Bastard right to his face?"

Whatever the man might have been called behind his back, to his face he was more properly addressed as "Mr. Ambassador," and in Affairs at State, retired U.S. Diplomat Henry Serrano Villard, 65, describes him and his breed with an insider's...

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