On Six Continents

On Six Continents

A Life in Canada's Foreign Service, 1966-2002

By James K. Bartleman

Douglas Gibson, Paperback, 9780771010910, 253pp.

Publication Date: September 6, 2005

Muskoka, the University of Western Ontario, Ottawa, New York, Colombia, Bangladesh, Nicaragua, Peru, Cuba, Israel, Belgium, South Africa, Australia -the place-names tell the story of an amazing career. Then there are the people involved -Trudeau, Clark, and Chretien, Kissinger, Castro, Rabin, Walesa, Havel, Mandela and dozens of others. Not to mention the moments of high drama: when young Jim Bartleman becomes Ottawa's security expert on terrorism during the FLQ crisis in 1970; or when he leads the movement to bring countries like Poland and Ukraine into NATO and the West.
But this is also a light-hearted look at what our diplomats actually do and is full of funny stories: so watch young Jim attend a drunken party with Trudeau; compete with Mother Teresa for Bangladesh babies; or sweep his Belgian bride off her feet to the altar. Bartleman also writes candidly about falling prey to depression, and about his concern, as a native Canadian, to see aboriginal peoples well treated. In summary, a richly varied career, as the only Canadian diplomat to serve on all six continents, well told by a remarkable character.
"On Six Continents" is a Douglas Gibson Book.

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About the Author
James K. Bartleman went on to have a very distinguished career in Canada's foreign service, described in his books "On Six Continents" and "Rollercoaster," He is the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario.

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Praise For On Six Continents

“[It is] that rarest of literary beasts: a public service memoir that is actually an entertaining read. …Solid writing tempered with a dry wit.… His personal observations on Kissinger, Mandela, Walesa, Havel, and Clinton add heft to a book that should both inspire a new generation to become foreign service officers and prove definitively that bureaucratic history can be fun.”
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