BOOKS: AMERICAN LOVE AFFAIR

FROM IMMIGRANT TO AMBASSADOR, A REMARKABLE LIFE

When Henry Grunwald left Vienna in August 1938, he was a boy alone, carrying a single suitcase and fleeing the Nazis. When he returned in 1988, he was the ambassador of the United States of America, riding in a limousine with the Stars and Stripes fluttering from its fender. His first assignment was to register his adopted country's displeasure with the Nazi collaborator Kurt Waldheim, who had become his homeland's President.

In the intervening years Grunwald, now 74, learned English, met Marilyn Monroe and scores of Presidents and Prime Ministers (in roughly that order of importance), became the editor of this...