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The Resource Backwards in high heels : Faith Whittlesey, Reagan's Madam Ambassador in Switzerland and the West Wing, Thomas J. Carty

Backwards in high heels : Faith Whittlesey, Reagan's Madam Ambassador in Switzerland and the West Wing, Thomas J. Carty

Label
Backwards in high heels : Faith Whittlesey, Reagan's Madam Ambassador in Switzerland and the West Wing
Title
Backwards in high heels
Title remainder
Faith Whittlesey, Reagan's Madam Ambassador in Switzerland and the West Wing
Statement of responsibility
Thomas J. Carty
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did," so the saying goes, "but she did it backwards and in high heels." Faith Whittlesey popularized this quotation during the 1980s, and many books attribute the line to her. The message clearly resonated with a generation of American men and women coming to age in the late 20th century, when all things seemed possible. In this book Faith Whittlesey gives concrete meaning to the quotation through her life and career as an effective "Madam Ambassador" in the worlds of both money and politics. Raised in western New York State by highly motivated Irish-American parents of limited means, she worked to reach an eminent position as Ronald Reagan's Ambassador to Switzerland (twice), and to serve as the highest-ranking woman on Reagan's White House staff from 1983-1985. There she occupied the West Wing office soon to be Hillary Clinton's, and as a widow (since 1974) with three children provided a female influence of her own to a presidential culture well before it was fashionable. In addition to her activities in U.S. policy and politics, for more than 30 years Whittlesey has proven to be one of the most important liaisons between the United States and Switzerland, a sister republic as well as financial superpower. Whether operating from her second floor office in the White House's West Wing or the bucolic Ambassador's residence in Bern, Switzerland, Whittlesey made a practice to advocate Reagan's policies through thoughtful debate and persuasive argumentation. After leaving government service, she practiced private-sector diplomacy, serving from 1989 as Chairman and then Emeritus of the American Swiss Foundation, which endeavors to promote understanding between the two nations, organizing several private high-level delegations to visit China, and participating, both publicly and also at times "behind the scenes," in discussion of the most significant public policy issues of recent decades. This book provides a fascinating look into how one woman, despite daunting obstacles, was able to achieve exceptional influence, thence use her position for the furtherance of common good
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Also available in electronic format via the World Wide Web.
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Carty, Thomas
Dewey number
  • 327.2092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E840.8.W54
LC item number
C37 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Whittlesey, Faith Ryan
  • Women ambassadors
  • Ambassadors
  • Women politicians
  • Politicians
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Backwards in high heels : Faith Whittlesey, Reagan's Madam Ambassador in Switzerland and the West Wing, Thomas J. Carty
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223126159483
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From Williamsville, New York, to U.S. Embassy Bern -- Reducing tensions between the sister republics: the first Bern tour (part 1) -- Advocating Reagan's policies to the Swiss people: the first Bern tour (part 2) -- Resisting the "Gender gap" in the West Wing: the White House years (part 1) -- Holding on to Reagan democrats: the White House years (part 2) -- Geneva summitry and technology transfers: the second Bern tour (part 1) -- Madam Ambassador under fire--much ado about nothing? the second Bern tour (part 2) -- New York and the American Swiss Foundation: private diplomacy (part 1) -- Enlarging U.S.- China connections: private diplomacy (part 2)
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 320 pages, 32 pages of plates
Isbn
9781612001593
Lccn
2012285488
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)805018789
Label
Backwards in high heels : Faith Whittlesey, Reagan's Madam Ambassador in Switzerland and the West Wing, Thomas J. Carty
Publication
Bar code
31223126159483
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
From Williamsville, New York, to U.S. Embassy Bern -- Reducing tensions between the sister republics: the first Bern tour (part 1) -- Advocating Reagan's policies to the Swiss people: the first Bern tour (part 2) -- Resisting the "Gender gap" in the West Wing: the White House years (part 1) -- Holding on to Reagan democrats: the White House years (part 2) -- Geneva summitry and technology transfers: the second Bern tour (part 1) -- Madam Ambassador under fire--much ado about nothing? the second Bern tour (part 2) -- New York and the American Swiss Foundation: private diplomacy (part 1) -- Enlarging U.S.- China connections: private diplomacy (part 2)
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 320 pages, 32 pages of plates
Isbn
9781612001593
Lccn
2012285488
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)805018789

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