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    John Pedler(Author)

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Sir Crispin Tickell, GCMG, one of Britain's outstanding diplomats and one of the word's leading proponents of 'climate change', says of this book: "Here John Pedler takes the broadest of views, ranging from politics and science to religion and beyond, and paints a picture of the world as most of us have yet to see it. As a former diplomat there is almost nowhere he does not know; and as a writer he puts a thousand stories together and makes elegant and convincing sense of them."This book is for all those worldwide with an interest in foreign affairs who are increasingly concerned about climate change/over-population, and the spread of religious violence - fearing that the world's politicians may be taking us in the wrong direction. John Pedler, now 86, joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1951 and has ever since been involved with foreign affairs. This is his weltanschauung (world-view), a new genre, in which he sets out how he has come to see our world and what may lie beyond.Subjects include: Russia and the EU; our wars: Vietnam, Afghan, and Iraq; sex in politics; 'political correctness'; advertising; media self-censorship and News International; world religions and Islam: 'moderate', Wahabist, and 'Jihadist'. It's in the form of answers to his adult children's questions so it's an easy, and often gripping, read.

'Here John Pedler takes the broadest of views, ranging from politics and science to religion and beyond, and paints a picture of the world as most of us have yet to see it. As a former diplomat there is almost nowhere he does not know; and as a writer he puts a thousand stories together and makes elegant and convincing sense of them.' --Sir Crispin Tickell, GCMG'In these wise reflections, John Pedler reminds us that the best diplomats are mavericks, exceptions to the rules of power. Acutely aware of history and a sense of right and wrong, Pedler exemplifies an intellectual and moral independence that's all too rare today.' --John Pilger

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  • PDF | 298 pages
  • John Pedler(Author)
  • Matador (17 Dec. 2014)
  • English
  • 2
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By Dr M L Gelman on 27 June 2015

    John Pedler offers valuable insights into the world of international diplomacy. Particularly relevant is his analysis of the interaction between Great Britain and Russia in recent years. He emphasises the insensitivity of the West to the dented pride of Russia after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the efforts of successive leaders after Gorbachev to create some kind of Commonwealth. Pedler highlights the common ground... both Russia and UK are geographically at the edges of Europe, east and west respectively and identify with Europe but shun full integration. This book is a light read and `a must` for anyone interested in international relations and for the leaders of the `Free World` in particular!


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