Diplomacy: The Liveliest Ambassador

The job of U.S. Ambassador to France was once the envied passport to a life of gaieté parisienne. Since Charles de Gaulle's relations with Washington turned frosty in the early 1960s, however, the post has had some of the aspects of representing the U.S. in a hostile land. There were those who suspected Lyndon Johnson of shipping Sargent Shriver to the Siberian salt mines when the President picked him to succeed Career Diplomat Charles ("Chip") Bohlen in Paris. Bohlen made no secret of his sense of futility in dealing with the Elysee...

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