Ambassador Marc Grossman discusses his early years as a door-to-door salesman in Southern California, life as a Junior Officer in Islamabad, and his tumultuous year as an NEA staffer, during which the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan burned down, the U.S. Embassy in Libya was overrun, the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, and the Iran hostage crisis began.
Ambassador Grossman also discusses the impact of role models and mentors on his life and career, including Art Hummel, Peter Constable, Hal Saunders, Al Moses, John Whitehead, and Lord Carrington.
Lastly, Ambassador Grossman shares tips for testifying before Congress, lessons learned from the morning of 9/11, and answering the call to return to service.
Interview excerpted from the forthcoming book: Modern American Diplomacy: A Field Guide to Success in The Foreign Service.
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Special thanks to the Una Chapman Cox Foundation as well as the American Academy of Diplomacy.