Weapons of Mass Diplomacy

Weapons of Mass Diplomacy

Book - 2014
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Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Following 9/11, President Bush’s “War on Terror” with plans to invade Iraq erupted into a cultural clash between French reluctance and American assurance over the case for “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” In Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, diplomat Abel Lanzac reveals the tension and politics through a French insider’s point of view, with satirical humor that softens the controversial subject matter. Readers follow Lanzac’s fictionalized self, Arthur Vlaminck, a speechwriter for the French Foreign Minister. As part of a team of flamboyant ministerial advisors, he has been tasked with drafting France’s response to the growing international crisis in the Middle East, which is then delivered before the United Nations Security Council. A graphic milestone of diplomacy, Weapons of Mass Diplomacy—a bestseller in Europe—pro­vides a revelatory account of a period that saw French fries become “freedom fries” and an alternative perspective on the decisions leading up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Baker & Taylor
Follows the experiences of Arthur Vlaminck, a speech writer for the French Foreign Minister, after being tasked with drafting France's response to the growing international crisis in the Middle East.

Publisher: London :, SelfMadeHero,, 2014
ISBN: 9781906838782
Characteristics: 199 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Jun 09, 2017

Diplomatic insider & artist gives Seinfeld, Yes Minister & Keith Laumer's Relief type of graphic novel just before America invaded Iraq a second time in 2003 post 9/11, but social media infancy.
Snarky moments from his boss from hell dreaming as savior of peace in futuristic galactic civilization, a sofa for US president at the UN building, diplomatic insider under assumed name role playing surreal role-playing games with his girlfriend as weapon inspector & shady arms dealer selling weapon of mass destruction or French diplomatic group scrambled on North Korea nuclear test speech hampered by electrical cable not fitting in host country electrical socket.
Highly recommended for adults.

Mar 01, 2017

I live in this kind of environment and I found it too real to be funny. Having said that the artwork and the narration is clearly well above par. The sarcasm is hard hitting and well crafted. The bow to Tintin and Herge is subtle yet well positioned.
But I wish it wasn't this frustratingly REAL! :)

Sep 22, 2015

If you’re looking for a serious, dry, fact-based investigation of how the U.S. ended up invading Iraq… this is not the book for you. If you’re interested in a (somewhat) fictionalized account of what it’s like to work in international politics when something like that is going down, though, this is perfect.

Lanzac was a French government employee working during the run-up to that invasion. In this graphic novel, he’s represented by Arthur Vlaminck, a young speechwriter hired into the French Foreign Minister’s office. His boss, Alexandre Taillard de Vorms, is indescribably bizarre. However, his boss may also be the best chance the world has for peace.

As a former government employee, activist, and politics junkie, I was fascinated by the depiction of how extremely flawed human beings can play such pivotal roles on the side of justice. Even if they don’t win, and even if their personal philosophies at times seem baffling or worse. My husband isn’t as interested in politics as I am (and he prefers a larger font!) but the ludicrous behavior of the Ministry’s staff, the humor, and the handfuls of geek references grabbed him.

Try this book, and you’ll never look at highlighters again without flinching.


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