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Distinguished diplomat Ambassador Wendy Sherman brings readers inside the negotiating room to show how to put diplomatic values like courage, power, and persistence to work in their own lives. Few people have sat across from the Iranians and the North Koreans at the negotiating table. Wendy Sherman has done both. During her time as the lead US negotiator of the historic Ira Distinguished diplomat Ambassador Wendy Sherman brings readers inside the negotiating room to show how to put diplomatic values like courage, power, and persistence to work in their own lives. Few people have sat across from the Iranians and the North Koreans at the negotiating table. Wendy Sherman has done both. During her time as the lead US negotiator of the historic Iran nuclear deal and throughout her distinguished career, Wendy Sherman has amassed tremendous expertise in the most pressing foreign policy issues of our time. Throughout her life -- from growing up in civil-rights-era Baltimore, to stints as a social worker, campaign manager, and business owner, to advising multiple presidents -- she has relied on values that have shaped her approach to work and leadership: authenticity, effective use of power and persistence, acceptance of change, and commitment to the team. Not for the Faint of Heart takes readers inside the world of international diplomacy and into the mind of one of our most effective negotiators -- often the only woman in the room. She shows why good work in her field is so hard to do, and how we can learn to apply core skills of diplomacy to the challenges in our own lives.


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Distinguished diplomat Ambassador Wendy Sherman brings readers inside the negotiating room to show how to put diplomatic values like courage, power, and persistence to work in their own lives. Few people have sat across from the Iranians and the North Koreans at the negotiating table. Wendy Sherman has done both. During her time as the lead US negotiator of the historic Ira Distinguished diplomat Ambassador Wendy Sherman brings readers inside the negotiating room to show how to put diplomatic values like courage, power, and persistence to work in their own lives. Few people have sat across from the Iranians and the North Koreans at the negotiating table. Wendy Sherman has done both. During her time as the lead US negotiator of the historic Iran nuclear deal and throughout her distinguished career, Wendy Sherman has amassed tremendous expertise in the most pressing foreign policy issues of our time. Throughout her life -- from growing up in civil-rights-era Baltimore, to stints as a social worker, campaign manager, and business owner, to advising multiple presidents -- she has relied on values that have shaped her approach to work and leadership: authenticity, effective use of power and persistence, acceptance of change, and commitment to the team. Not for the Faint of Heart takes readers inside the world of international diplomacy and into the mind of one of our most effective negotiators -- often the only woman in the room. She shows why good work in her field is so hard to do, and how we can learn to apply core skills of diplomacy to the challenges in our own lives.

30 review for Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. You have been warned. Ambassador Sherman has had a long and distinguished career, and this book covers the highlights, from her college days to as recently as 2017. She lays out what it means to be a diplomat, and gives us a glimpse or two of the process in action. The book is full of observed details and insights. While it was certainly interesting, I don't think this is a book I’m likely to read over and over. I enjoyed it well enough, but I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. You have been warned. Ambassador Sherman has had a long and distinguished career, and this book covers the highlights, from her college days to as recently as 2017. She lays out what it means to be a diplomat, and gives us a glimpse or two of the process in action. The book is full of observed details and insights. While it was certainly interesting, I don't think this is a book I’m likely to read over and over. I enjoyed it well enough, but politics isn't really my thing as a general rule. I like to dip my toe in now and then, but I don't think I’m ever going to be ready for a deep dive. Sherman’s book is inspiring, and not at all as dry and dull as political books can often be. I think my lukewarm reaction is more about my personal preferences in reading material than it is about her book. That I was able to get through it at all is a testament to its quality. Definitely recommended if it sounds at all interesting to you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mahdi

    این کتاب قرار است نمادی برای تبدیل شرمن به عنوان الگوی مطلوب دختران آمریکایی باشد؛ حتی در بخش خاطرات مذاکرات هسته‌ای هم چنین رویکردی دارد در مجموع اگر اهل سیاست یا پیگیری اخبار هستید، خواندنش را به شما توصیه می‌کنم

  3. 4 out of 5

    Zahra

    شرمن در من ترسو نیستم می‌گوید که چطور با اشک‌هایش، بر عراقچی و روانچی تاثیر گذاشته و چطور با دیدن توییت روحانی، فهمیده ایران عطش رسیدن به توافق دارد. او لابلای سطوری که پر از داستان ها و روایت های متعدد است، اتفاقات کمتر روایت شده مذاکرات هسته ای با ایران را روایت می کند و تصویری بدیع از زن ستیزی جامعه امریکا ارائه می کند. ترجمه اسناد مرکز انقلاب اسلامی از این کتاب، امانت را رعایت کرده و حتی وقتی شرمن تلاش دارد از رهبر انقلاب، تصویر مخدوش کننده مذاکرات را ارائه دهد، تحریفی صورت نگرفته است. اما کت شرمن در من ترسو نیستم می‌گوید که چطور با اشک‌هایش، بر عراقچی و روانچی تاثیر گذاشته و چطور با دیدن توییت روحانی، فهمیده ایران عطش رسیدن به توافق دارد. او لابلای سطوری که پر از داستان ها و روایت های متعدد است، اتفاقات کمتر روایت شده مذاکرات هسته ای با ایران را روایت می کند و تصویری بدیع از زن ستیزی جامعه امریکا ارائه می کند. ترجمه اسناد مرکز انقلاب اسلامی از این کتاب، امانت را رعایت کرده و حتی وقتی شرمن تلاش دارد از رهبر انقلاب، تصویر مخدوش کننده مذاکرات را ارائه دهد، تحریفی صورت نگرفته است. اما کتاب به ویراستاری جدی نیاز دارد. در برخی صفحات، تفاوت ها و اشتباهات فاحشی نیز به چشم می خورد که آزاردهنده است.

  4. 4 out of 5

    محمد علی شفیعی

    دید خوبی از وضعیت مذاکرات هسته ای از منظر مذاکره کننده‌ی آمریکایی میده و البته حس تحقیری که نسبت به ایرانی ها در سرتاسر کتاب موج میزنه... شرمن تجربیات شو در زمینه های مختلف میگه و به شدت سعی در الگو کردن خودش و زندگی خودش داره و تا حدی هم موفق بوده ولی ویراستاری این کتاب فاجعه بود، البته مقل دیگر آثار مرکز اسناد

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I think I was adjacent to the target audience of this book. Lots of political detail. That said I enjoyed hearing about the trials of diplomacy and the ascent of some prominent female politicians. yay, smith college!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Pleasant account of Wendy Sherman and the State Department during the Obama Administration while they worked on the Iran Deal. Provides insight into the state department workings.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    An impressive account of the multitudes of considerations behind and on the scene necessary for the creation of a functional multicultural work group that led to the 2015 Iran deal creating an agreement among 6 nations to monitor its development of uranium enrichment and permit ongoing inspections by the International Atomic Energy Commission in exchange for a lessening of sanctions on its oil and unfreezing bank assets arrived at over a four year time period. The author intertwines this story w An impressive account of the multitudes of considerations behind and on the scene necessary for the creation of a functional multicultural work group that led to the 2015 Iran deal creating an agreement among 6 nations to monitor its development of uranium enrichment and permit ongoing inspections by the International Atomic Energy Commission in exchange for a lessening of sanctions on its oil and unfreezing bank assets arrived at over a four year time period. The author intertwines this story with biographical tidbits relating to the values installed in her childhood home and how she came to become the head US negotiator which is sometimes disorienting but I was still glad she included it all. She more than completed her intent in writing this book: to help others understand the process of diplomacy and negotiations and how she found her way to the table. A common message throughout is that our personal and professional lives are interwoven. Each episode providing the skills and capabilities, even when not realizing it at the time, for the next step. She continously praises the courage of those trailblazers who have gone before : Geraldine Ferraro, Nancy Pelosi, Susan Rice, Anita Hill and Hillary Clinton making her oppportunities and success a possibility when it would not have been had they not established a history. "None of public service was a solo act." Women do not always know what they know in her estimate. She interestingly cites a study whose results are probably inherently known to all women already ie that males will apply for positions without regard to qualifications while females generally do not post for positions unless they are 100 % qualified. Typically per the study cited males meet only 60% of requirements. Having been educated in social work , it was very elating for me to see the author credit her skill set in Community Organization to the University of Maryland School of Social Work which she found as applicable here as it would have managing a caseload. The author witnessed and felt the sacrifice made by her father when as a successful real estate broker in Baltimore Maryland he chose to sell homes to African Americans to demonstrate his belief in Open Housing clearly unacceptable to neighbors and friends alike which they responded to by White flight. That position would end the referrals he had become accustomed to expect from fellow brokers, home builders, etc. Notwithstanding he was the go-to broker enlisted by Frankie Robinson when traded to the Baltimore Orioles. He would go on to win the MVP award in the World Series. Robinson stated he would not come to Baltimore unless he could obtain housing in an integrated community with good schools. Likewise,she documents the never-ending persistence of John Kerry as Secretary of State at the time (# 68) in understanding each and every player's decision making and possible contributions meeting one on one whenever and wherever possible to achieve agreement on the topic of the next scheduled meeting. She identifies his resolve having come from serving in Viet Nam as a 24 year old and coming home with the intent of making sure we never went to war again. No doubt, this is addressed in his autobiography Every Day is Extra which I cannot wait to read. Diplomacy is tauted as a necessity for democracy and security to exist in any nation. The author joins forces with Madeline Albright and others after her "civic" duty is completed to create the Albright Stonebridge group who provided guidelines and consulting on an international basis to enable business development using lessons learned in public service. The idea being that "a middle class pushes for democracy, inclusion, less corruption and creates consumers of American products and American jobs. Their group currently serves clients from 110 countries. Despite running political campaigns, recruiting women to run for office as Executive Director of Emily's List and acting as Under secretary of State, the author still admits to vulnerabilities when being confronted by the politics of Washington. The freshman senator of Arkansas Tom Cotton's public protest of the Iran agreement is a case in point when he wrote a letter to the Islamic Republic that advised them that the "agreement" was made without Congress approval and could only pertain as long as the Obama administration. The next president, he noted, would revoke and the future Congress would modify. Another unanticipated moment when testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Jesse Helms ( the Senator from North Carolina at the time) asked why she lied to Anita Hill when prepping her for her presentation before the Judiciary Committee. She had provided input on the testifying process but nothing addressing the content of her testimony yet this was what was front and center to this senator at this time depriving her of time to speak on the Iran Deal which totaled 110 pages long and many Republican senators spoke against WITHOUT EVEN READING THE DOCUMENT. An inspirational book that provides hope for this nation even though Wendy Sherman and John Kerry no longer serve in public office. Their dedication to democratic principles and values are an example for all including their their P5 + 1 colleagues who should long remember the respect and hospitality of United States delegation. A true testimony to the value of diplomacy in an age when it is not appreciated.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mahdi Soleymani

    این کتاب جدا از بیان خاطرات سیاسی مرتبط با مذاکرات هسته‌ای با ایران، تصویری از چگونگی فعالیت‌ها و نگاه‌های موجود در امریکا به زن به تصویر می‌کشد. هرچند ممکنه این تصویر کامل نباشد. پایداری، استقامت و ناامید نشدن در مسیر اهداف و فعالیت‌ها هم نکته جالبی بود که در چند بخش کتاب به آن اشاره شده است.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ketabkhoram

    ⭕ماجرای مذاکرات برجام برای ما ، ماجرای پیچیده‌ای بوده، یک عده که نگران خدعه‌های آمریکا و اروپایی‌ها بودند،هر چه می‌توانستند از خطرات پیشِ رو گفتند و سالها دلواپسان خوانده شدند و به سُخره گرفته شدند حالا بعد از گذشت یک یا دو سال از بیرون آمدن آمریکا از برجام، خاطرات کسی را می‌خوانیم که مذاکره کننده ارشد آمریکایی‌ها در برجام بود ⭕در این کتاب که شامل مراحل مختلف زندگیِ شِرمَن هست تا فصلِ موفقیت زندگی نویسنده جلو می‌ریم در هر فصل مخلوطی از ماجرای مذاکرات هسته‌ای،زندگیِ شخصیِ شرمن و زندگیِ شغلی اوست در و ⭕ماجرای مذاکرات برجام برای ما ، ماجرای پیچیده‌ای بوده، یک عده که نگران خدعه‌های آمریکا و اروپایی‌ها بودند،هر چه می‌توانستند از خطرات پیشِ رو گفتند و سالها دلواپسان خوانده شدند و به سُخره گرفته شدند حالا بعد از گذشت یک یا دو سال از بیرون آمدن آمریکا از برجام، خاطرات کسی را می‌خوانیم که مذاکره کننده ارشد آمریکایی‌ها در برجام بود ⭕در این کتاب که شامل مراحل مختلف زندگیِ شِرمَن هست تا فصلِ موفقیت زندگی نویسنده جلو می‌ریم در هر فصل مخلوطی از ماجرای مذاکرات هسته‌ای،زندگیِ شخصیِ شرمن و زندگیِ شغلی اوست در واقع کتاب در حالِ معرفیِ یک الگوی موفق (در حین حال با سختی فراوان) برای دختران آمریکایی است ⭕یک نکته‌ای هم که باید بگم اینه که ترجمه‌ی کتاب بعضی مواقع خیلی اذیت کننده بود ، امیدوارم یک تجدید‌نظری بشه و ترجمه رو درست کنند یک نمونه‌اش رو می‌تونید در قسمت((بخشی از کتاب)) ببینید ⭕پ.ن(صرفا برای درد و دل): خیلی از تمدن‌ها و عقاید برای افرادشون الگو تعریف می‌کنند و درباره‌ی الگوهاشون صحبت می‌کنند که حتی ممکنه اون الگو تخیلی و ساخته‌ی ذهن باشه اما ما با داشتن الگوهای عالی ،خیلی کم‌کاری کردیم برای همین هم خیلی‌هامون الگوهای نامناسبی پیدا کردیم و داریم راه رو کج می‌ریم ⭕بخشی از کتاب: کِری به یک‌باره لنگان‌لنگان با عصایش از سالن گذشت و به سمت اتاق جلسه‌ای رفت😐 که همه‌ی ما در آن جمع شده بودیم 😐 و بیان کرد که ظریف به چیز دیگری نیاز دارد؛ ... جمله‌ای آشنا برای ما به معنی خودداری ظریف از رسیدن به توافق نهایی بود. .... روز قبل، رئیس‌جمهور روحانی، توئیت کرده بود که معامله در حال انجام‌شدن است. با وجوداینکه او به‌سرعت توئیت خود را پاک کرد، اما کارت‌های ایران را در نهایت نمایش داده بود. آنها نمی‌توانستند به راحتی در این لحظه زیر معامله بزنند .... کریس فهرستی از افراد و شرکت‌هایی را در دست داشت که می‌توانستیم به فهرست تعلیق تحریم‌ها اضافه کنیم. در هر مذاکره‌ای، هوشمندانه است که برخی از امتیازات کوچک را... پیش خود نگه دارید تا در پایان کار بدون اینکه هزینه زیادی بپردازید بتوانید از آنها استفاده کنید. کریس برگه‌ای به دست کری داد و او ...به اتاق بازگشت. چند دقیقه بعد، کری دوباره در آستانه در ظاهر شد و گفت که کار تمام شده است.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dan Dundon

    Wendy Sherman's interesting autobiography spends a great deal of time discussing the diplomatic efforts to reach the Iran nuclear deal. Some reviewers have been critical of the "excessive" attention the author gives to the diplomatic process involved in reaching the deal. I understand this point but believe the reader would not have been given a true understanding of the enormous complexity of this deal if the author had not devoted so much attention to it. When the Trump Administration eventual Wendy Sherman's interesting autobiography spends a great deal of time discussing the diplomatic efforts to reach the Iran nuclear deal. Some reviewers have been critical of the "excessive" attention the author gives to the diplomatic process involved in reaching the deal. I understand this point but believe the reader would not have been given a true understanding of the enormous complexity of this deal if the author had not devoted so much attention to it. When the Trump Administration eventually withdrew from the deal, the frustration on the part of those who negotiated it must have been enormous. This reader has a much better understanding of the diplomatic process involved as the result of this book. Unfortunately, the rest of Ambassador Sherman's life is squeezed in between chapters about the Iran deal and this gives the book a very jagged feel at times. While the Iran deal is certainly the focal point of the book, the rest of her life would have been much better presented in a more chronological order. Perhaps that will be left to a later book when her life journey is more complete.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marvin

    This was a mildly interesting account of Wendy Sherman's life and career, with a great deal of detail about the negotiations with Iran over a deal to reduce the number of enriched uranium producing centrifuges. However, I found it disconcerting as she jumped around from the Iranian negotiations to all sorts of incidents in her political and intellectual life. To me, it would have been more interesting if it had been a straight autobiography culminating in her discussion of the negotiations with t This was a mildly interesting account of Wendy Sherman's life and career, with a great deal of detail about the negotiations with Iran over a deal to reduce the number of enriched uranium producing centrifuges. However, I found it disconcerting as she jumped around from the Iranian negotiations to all sorts of incidents in her political and intellectual life. To me, it would have been more interesting if it had been a straight autobiography culminating in her discussion of the negotiations with the EU and Iran. I am not sure that I learned much from the book about anything and I found her life lessons, which she interjected throughout the book, to be pretty useless. I had to read this for a book club; if not, I would have given up after the second chapter.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    "Public servants, diplomats in particular, have been excoriated of late in the United States. It will only be when we feel the wreckage of their absence that we will fully understand how critical diplomats are to our democracy and to our security." This quote comes from Wendy Sherman's epilogue, after providing a very personal, intimate memoir, as well as penetrating insights into negotiations, diplomacy, politics, and the advancement of civil rights and women. Her account makes all the more pai "Public servants, diplomats in particular, have been excoriated of late in the United States. It will only be when we feel the wreckage of their absence that we will fully understand how critical diplomats are to our democracy and to our security." This quote comes from Wendy Sherman's epilogue, after providing a very personal, intimate memoir, as well as penetrating insights into negotiations, diplomacy, politics, and the advancement of civil rights and women. Her account makes all the more painful what was so stupidly thrown away with the U.S. abandonment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. There is so much which Wendy shares here, based on her experience as a social worker, a political strategist, an advocate for women as leaders, and a diplomat in her own right.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    Why Representation Matters Not For The Faint Of Heart by U.S. Ambassador Wendy Sherman is a book about her time negotiating from the U.S. standpoint in the Iran nuclear negotiations. She also shares personal anecdotes about her family and one from the time her brother killed himself. Sherman shared about how people often don't picture how things are possible until it is done. In her case, not many negotiators in written history have been women, which is why she it made it a point to write this boo Why Representation Matters Not For The Faint Of Heart by U.S. Ambassador Wendy Sherman is a book about her time negotiating from the U.S. standpoint in the Iran nuclear negotiations. She also shares personal anecdotes about her family and one from the time her brother killed himself. Sherman shared about how people often don't picture how things are possible until it is done. In her case, not many negotiators in written history have been women, which is why she it made it a point to write this book to show that representation matters. I also love how her differences are celebrated - she drew on her inherent strengths as a woman in the workplace.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    In this book,Wendy R. Sherman encourages us to expect the unexpected in our career journey. Sometimes we come a long way just fail. That way, we carry into the future vivid lessons of what works and what doesn’t. Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence In this book,Wendy R. Sherman encourages us to expect the unexpected in our career journey. Sometimes we come a long way just fail. That way, we carry into the future vivid lessons of what works and what doesn’t. Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adam Glantz

    Before you spend money on this book, and no matter your opinion of the JCPOA, know that Wendy Sherman claims to have achieved a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran by crying. Don't believe me? Go to her Twitter account (@wendyrsherman) and check out the September 5, 2018 thread. All bona fide feminists out there should be busily burning her in effigy for such a little-girl-lost routine and her perversely proud revelation of it. It's frankly unbelievable that she has the gall to presume to teach le Before you spend money on this book, and no matter your opinion of the JCPOA, know that Wendy Sherman claims to have achieved a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran by crying. Don't believe me? Go to her Twitter account (@wendyrsherman) and check out the September 5, 2018 thread. All bona fide feminists out there should be busily burning her in effigy for such a little-girl-lost routine and her perversely proud revelation of it. It's frankly unbelievable that she has the gall to presume to teach lessons about diplomacy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    David Reading

    This is Grandma's favorite "statecraft" book - one that gave her great comfort as I read it to her in the emergency room. During that long night, and her news-viewing marathons during commercials previously and afterward, we read the book together. Most surprisingly, this book is not about Democrat Party politics; it's about group dynamics, building consensus, building and wielding influence, and maintaining an ethical view of one's self and staying true to that vision, as well as the path forwar This is Grandma's favorite "statecraft" book - one that gave her great comfort as I read it to her in the emergency room. During that long night, and her news-viewing marathons during commercials previously and afterward, we read the book together. Most surprisingly, this book is not about Democrat Party politics; it's about group dynamics, building consensus, building and wielding influence, and maintaining an ethical view of one's self and staying true to that vision, as well as the path forward to a required end. Excellent book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lena Denman

    This book is full of leadership lessons. Excellent advice on compiling a team, including examining how the team functions together. Ambassador Sherman describes how a she was at the center of the negotiation of the Obama Administration’s Iran deal, and how President Obama honored her for the achievement. She talks about President Trump’s choice to destroy the deal and the ramifications that decision has had on America’s international power and standing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Marquis

    I loved Wendy Sherman's lessons through her life long career of serving others and our country. I also found the recollections of negotiating the Iran deal fascinating and what she learned from long term negotiations and eternal optimism to get it done, and then to pick up and do it again. Thank you, Ms. Sherman! I loved Wendy Sherman's lessons through her life long career of serving others and our country. I also found the recollections of negotiating the Iran deal fascinating and what she learned from long term negotiations and eternal optimism to get it done, and then to pick up and do it again. Thank you, Ms. Sherman!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matt Connolly

    If you’re looking for a chronological diplomatic memoir, this isn’t it. But Ambassador Sherman does a great job of taking her experiences and distilling out some key themes, including courage, power, persistence, etc. I learned more about how to be a better ally for the women in my life, and I can imagine her tips for women would be equally valuable. Overall, a great, short read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bart Kennedy

    Wonderful read. As a staffer for Senator Mikulski for 18 1/2 years and a son of Baltimore, I've met Wendy on numerous occasions. I admire Wendy greatly and recognize some of the "Mikulski Method" coming through in her book. Once a BAMMER, always a BAMMER! Wonderful read. As a staffer for Senator Mikulski for 18 1/2 years and a son of Baltimore, I've met Wendy on numerous occasions. I admire Wendy greatly and recognize some of the "Mikulski Method" coming through in her book. Once a BAMMER, always a BAMMER!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Learned a lot from the Iran Deal details, which is practically helpful to absorb and glossed over in most memoirs. I also liked the grouping of stories in thematic chapters about her career rather than chronology.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan Hester

    From the chief diplomat who negotiated the nuclear deal with Iran. I learned some history and certainly admire the author’s tenacity and professionalism. Too bad it all went down with a stroke of a pen.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katie Ward

    It was such an unique perspective on a major international deal. There was little about her childhood and personal life, and all the nitty gritty details of her work. This is the type of book I want!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    As with many books I read lately, I heard the author of this one on a podcast and found her interesting. I enjoyed her book as well, particularly as it detailed the unusual journey from social worker to diplomat and ambassador instrumental to the Iran deal.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael Brant

    A little too elaborative of the diplomacy process for me. I understand the value of diplomacy and that she wants readers to understand. But it just felt tedious. Meh. Interesting but not a page turner.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Nicely written! Very personable and with good advice and guidelines.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Enjoyable, fascinating and full of lessons.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert D

    Very good read. Fact filled in particular about the challenges of such high level negotiations. Somewhat wordy at times, but very enjoyable!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Great book! Good read for anyone negotiating.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Katz

    I found the book fascinating -- as an ultimate insider's report of the ebbs and flows of the Iran nuclear agreement (and efforts during the Clinton years with North Korea, and... well, the author's been involved in a lot of the most important and high visibility negotiations of the past quarter century!); as a brave and candid memoir of the experiences (good and bad) and influences that shaped her life; as an expression of her values; and, very deliberately, as a map (primarily for women but men I found the book fascinating -- as an ultimate insider's report of the ebbs and flows of the Iran nuclear agreement (and efforts during the Clinton years with North Korea, and... well, the author's been involved in a lot of the most important and high visibility negotiations of the past quarter century!); as a brave and candid memoir of the experiences (good and bad) and influences that shaped her life; as an expression of her values; and, very deliberately, as a map (primarily for women but men would do well to pay attention: the lessons and advice apply to everyone) to key ideas and traits that should guide one's life and career: e.g., persistence, courage, understanding what "success" and "power" mean, living a moral life, etc. It's a quiet, thoughtful, and revealing book, a very welcome break from the breathless political works that have captured the public's attention... well, for quite a while now. I hope it finds a wide readership.

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