Marie Yovanovitch’s Lessons from the Edge is a riveting memoir about her extraordinary 33-year career as a diplomat. From serving in war zones to negotiating with world leaders, she has been tested time and again. This unflinchingly honest account shows what it takes to thrive under high pressure and volatility – and how we can learn from her many lessons, both personal and professional.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone interested in memoirs, diplomacy, or just a great story.
- Yovanovitch is a highly experienced diplomat, and her stories are well-told and provide valuable insights
- The book provides an interesting look inside the world of diplomacy
- Yovanovitch has a lot of wisdom to share
- The author could have gone into more detail about certain events.
- Some readers may not be interested in a memoir written by a diplomat.
- The book could have been edited better to remove some repetition and filler language.
Learn more about the author
Marie Yovanovitch is a Ukrainian-born American diplomat who has served in the United States Foreign Service for over thirty years. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as the ambassador to Ukraine, and held that position from 2016 to 2019. From 2005 to 2008, she was the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
“Marie Yovanovitch has written a gripping, candid and insightful account of her impressive career as a diplomat. Her Lessons from the Edge provide valuable lessons for all of us on how to thrive under pressure and volatility while displaying strength, resilience, character and grace.”
“A frank and fascinating look at a life in the diplomatic corps.”
“I was captivated by Marie Yovanovitch’s Lessons from the Edge. A riveting and frank memoir of a 33-year career as a diplomat, it is both harrowing and inspiring. From serving in war zones to negotiating with world leaders, Yovanovitch has been tested time and again – but her many lessons are relevant for all of us.”
“Marie Yovanovitch’s Lessons from the Edge is an impressively written and insightful memoir of a Foreign Service officer who has served in some of the most dangerous places on earth. It provides invaluable insights into what it takes to be successful in such a demanding profession while also providing touching personal stories about her experiences and relationships with friends and family. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in international relations or simply seeking an enjoyable read.”