Nothing Is Impossible (inbunden)
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Nothing Is Impossible

America's Reconciliation with Vietnam

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2021-10-15
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Today Vietnam is one of Americas strongest international partners, with a thriving economy and a population that welcomes American visitors. How that relationship was formed is a twenty-year story of daring diplomacy and a careful thawing of tensions between the two countries after a lengthy war that cost nearly 60,000 American and more than two million Vietnamese lives. Ted Osius, former ambassador during the Obama administration, offers a vivid account, starting in the 1990s, of the various forms of diplomacy that made this reconciliation possible. He considers the leaders who put aside past traumas to work on creating a brighter future, including senators John McCain and John Kerry, two Vietnam veterans and ideological opponents who set aside their differences for a greater cause, and Pete Petersonthe former POW who became the first U.S. ambassador to a new Vietnam. Osius also draws upon his own experiences working first-hand with various Vietnamese leaders and traveling the country on bicycle to spotlight the ordinary Vietnamese people who have helped bring about their nations extraordinary renaissance. With a foreword by former Secretary of State John Kerry, Nothing Is Impossible tells an inspiring story of how international diplomacy can create a better world.
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"This is a lot more than a first-rate memoir. It is a brilliantly organized account of a decades-long struggle towards reconciliation, not just on the part of two governments but on the part of two nations bearing the physical and emotional scars of a protracted war. As U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, Ted was far more than merely diligent. He was intensely creative in finding ways, both moral and material, to soften bitter memories with new hope. In the process, he served the strategic interests of the United States by stressing common interests and building mutual respect. His work in Vietnam is a reminder of something often overlooked in our country: the extraordinary value of its professional Foreign Servicewhich I personally saw every day as Vice President, and which is clear as day on the pages of this book." -- Al Gore * Former United States Vice President * "Americas reconciliation with Vietnam is one of the most remarkable diplomatic stories of the past three decades, and Ambassador Ted Osius was at the center of it all. In his new book, Ambassador Osius takes readers behind the scenes of this initiative, helping them understand how two old enemies came together to forge a better future for their people. Nothing Is Impossible is an absorbing memoir from one of Americas finest diplomats." -- Madeleine K. Albright * Former U.S. Secretary of State * In the great tradition of Dean Achesons Present at the Creation, Ambassador Osius has provided us with a thoughtful and gripping diplomatic history of the critical moments in the reconciliation and the rebuilding of relations between the United States and Vietnam. This book provides important historical context but is also deeply personal, reminding us just how valuable diplomacy and the creative diplomats who toil tirelessly, often behind the scenes, just are. This is a must-read not just for those interested in the role of the United States in Asia, but for anyone who seeks to understand what contribution an individual can make to addressing the complexities of international relations. -- Ambassador Michael Froman * Former U.S. Trade Representative * The title of this book tells you a lot about Ted Osius, and about the instrumental role he played in building trust and cooperation between the United States and Vietnam. Forty years after a war that caused incalculable suffering and loss for the people of both countries, Teds story of how an openly gay American ambassador won the hearts of the Vietnamese people contains priceless lessons for every aspiring diplomat, and for people everywhere who believe in the power of listening and of staying true to ones convictions in pursuit of a larger goal in a foreign land. -- Patrick Leahy * U.S. Senator * "Ambassador Ted Osius tells a remarkable story of how the United States and Vietnam overcame the tragedy of war to build an enduring new relationship. My husband John played a part, along with so many Americans, including principled Democrats and Republicans in Congress, successive U.S. presidents of different political parties, and civic leadersincluding proud veteransdetermined to chart a new course for our peoples that is about the future, not the past. I recommend Teds book as both an authoritative history and a colorful account of an ambassadors life in a country of strategic importance to the United States." -- Cindy McCain * Chair of the Board of Trustees of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University * "This remarkable book is a tribute to the power of reconciliation between former enemiesThe United States and Vietnam. It also reveals the power and promise of diplomacy and the extraordinary American Ambassador, Ted Osius, who led the way in building a new peace with the Vietnamese people and government." -- Nicholas Burns * Ambassador (ret.), Harvard University Professor, and former U.S. Under Secretary o

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TED OSIUS, a diplomat for thirty years, served from 2014 to 2017 as U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, a country he has known and loved since 1995. Only the second gay career diplomat in U.S. history to achieve the rank of ambassador, Osius went to Vietnam with his husband and children. JOHN FORBES KERRY is a former secretary of state and five-term U.S. senator. He is the author of A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America, The New War, This Moment on Earth, and Every Day Is Extra. Kerry serves as the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate in the Biden-Harris administration.


List of Photographs Foreword by John Kerry Preface: Bin Ha Cemetery A Note on the Text 1 An Improbable Friendship 2 A Time to Heal and a Time to Build 3 The Story of Pete Peterson 4 David and Goliath 5 The Legacies of War 6 Think Unthinkable Thoughts 7 Diplomacy from a Bicycle Seat 8 Chu, Khit, and the Students of Vietnam 9 China and the Trans-Pacific Partnership 10 The Communist Party 11 The Notorious RBG 12 A New Journey 13 A New President 14 Ditches and Tree Roots Epilogue: Reconciliation Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index