. . . two books that are changing the nature of politics in Canada & the USA
"... they are already calling the books, The Ultimate Vanishing Act and Common Ground, Profiles in Courage (JFK), Gregory and Trudeau."
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A colleague at Oxford, the first university in the English-speaking world, where we had graduated and worked as Research Fellows for many years, telephoned me and rather excitedly asked if I had seen the latest advertisement for my book, The Ultimate Vanishing Act, at Kobobooks.com. He went to say that it was displayed in a singular frame (above) alongside the recent book by Justin Trudeau, the newly-elected Prime Minister of Canada, Common Ground.
No, I had not, was my answer, but I did inquire as to where he had seen the advertisement.
On Facebook, he exclaimed. I thanked him for letting me know, and then asked how he had been and, if there was anything else he needed or wanted to discuss with me.
Eric, we have known each other for a long time, and the calm and diplomatically objective manner with which you engage the excitement of others never fails to amaze me. I thanked him for recounting his version of what had been a recurring theme in our conversations over the years, and asked him again, what it was that he had come to understand, that he wanted me to come to understand.
Just this, he said, after asking me if I had read Justin Trudeau's book. I answered in the affirmative.
So have I, he stated with that tone in his voice I associate with those times when he had figured something out, as it were.
Well, what do you think, he asked.
It reaffirms my belief that different pathways can lead to the same place.
Well, how does that make you feel?
Feel? I retorted.
Capital! Maybe that was not the best way to press this conversation forward, but it's remarkable. I mean you and I have had this very conversation about what the world would be like if Lord Kitchener and JFK had stood upon the world stage at the same time. (The word capital is used in British English in the same way the term touché is used in the French language to acknowledge the success or appropriateness of an argument)
On campus (Oxford University), they are already calling the books, The Ultimate Vanishing Act and Common Ground, Profiles in Courage, Gregory and Trudeau.
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald, admired what he read and understood of Lord Kitchener, who was the image of one who engaged the world, while at the same time transmitting to society the grace, elegance and culture of the past.
And, Trudeau, as does Gregory, presents perfectly a Kitchenersque understanding of tactfulness and diplomacy, and marvelously.
Important among the ideas that Kitchener advanced was that neither general, nobleman, mullah or priest, wealth nor corporation should be in control of the machinery of the state. And, that one nation or people were not better than any other nation or people.
JFK, a representative of a free self-governing people, acknowledged that a free self-governing people could blame no one for their misfortunes, other than themselves. And, that idea was a necessary prologue to the realization that there is no psychological wage, no reason for those to assume superiority because they can perpetuate inequality, poverty or injustice.
This must be an exciting time for you to be in Canada, Eric.
It is, yes.
Thank you Eric for the newspaper article, Int'l Diplomacy Gregory's forte, you copied to me. -- http://www.theoxfordscientist.com/gregorys-forte.html --
I don't know how many understand actually why you are in Canada at this precise moment in history, but the author of that interview stated it quite clearly.
I was looking at the price structure for your book and Trudeau's and the offer that KoboBooks.com has with the discount makes them about $7 dollars. The price here in the UK is a tad higher, but not unreasonably so.
By the way, how is it going with the Trudeau government? Including your attempt to bring Trudeau to the realization that there is a valuable role for Canada to undertake in reforming the delivery of humanitarian assistance and emergency disaster relief efforts, the so-called international system.
Well, Trudeau has been a bit busy of late, but Roland Paris and Marie-Claude Bibeau, his foreign affairs adviser and International Development Minister are, as you know, in charge of such matters, so to speak.
In a recent CBC interview, Bibeau, after she returned from the Middle East, stated confidently that the international organisation partners to her International Development Agency had things well in hand, which is a bit of an overstatement.
However, in retrospect, Baroness Chalker of the ODA, started from that very same position and we still advanced things along quite nicely, especially getting the Kurdish relief effort up and going. We did not do so well in preventing or forestalling the worse of Bosnia or Rwanda, but now that Trudeau is on the scene, at least, there may be a forum for rational international engagements in such matters. Speaking of which ...
Well, if I can get Roland Paris to look at francophone Burundi in a meaningful way, it will become obvious to him that Burundi is on the verge of becoming 1994 Rwanda, and Ethiopia is sinking quickly into full-scale famine conditions. Attention to either of these developing crises would be helpful.
Eric, I had better ring off now, but before I do, my dear friend, when you meet Justin Trudeau, please do not start the conversation with I knew your father Pierre. You remember how that turned out with GW Bush and . . .
Okay Cheers, and stay in touch.
Cheers, thank you for the information and the advice.
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Eric LaMont Gregory, an Oxford-educated diplomat, scientist and author, for more than four decades operated in the highly secretive corridors of the upper chambers of international intrigue and power.
The Ultimate Vanishing Act reveals how different the Middle East, Central, South and South East Asia, North Africa, Europe as well as the Americas would be today, had it not been for some rather monumental errors emanating not only from Washington, London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels and other European capitals, but also from Moscow, Beijing as well as Tokyo and New Delhi.
The Ultimate Vanishing Act is a must read book for anyone who wants to understand current world events, and the onset and the assiduous surge of radical Islamic terrorism and insurgency on a global scale.