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We highlight one of these books every third week each month. Our 2019 Book Reviews and Commentaries are provided by JoEllen McNeal. Thank you JoEllen!

Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence
by Wendy R. Sherman


“A powerful, deeply personal, and absorbing book written by one of American’s smartest and most dedicated diplomats. This tale of courage and persistence will inspire readers of all background, while giving them unparalleled insights into some of the most critical issues of our time.” – Madeleine K. Albright, 64th U.S. secretary of state

Few people have sat across from the Iranians and the North Koreans at the negotiating table. Wendy Sherman has done both. During her time as the lead U.S. negotiator of the historic Iran nuclear deal and throughout her distinguished career, Wendy Sherman has amassed tremendous expertise in the most pressing foreign policy issues of our time. Throughout her life – from growing up in civil-rights-era Baltimore, to stints as a social worker, campaign manager, and business owner, to advising multiple presidents – she has relied on values that have shaped her approach to work and leadership: authenticity, effective use of power and persistence, acceptance of change, and commitment to the team.

Nor for the Faint of Heart takes readers inside the world of international diplomacy and into the mind of one of our most effective negotiators – often the only woman in the room. She shows why good work in her field is so hard to do, and how we can learn to apply core skills of diplomacy to the challenges in our own lives.

Wendy R. Sherman has had a long and distinguished career as a diplomat. She was counselor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a special adviser to President Clinton and policy coordinator on North Korea, and the first woman undersecretary of state for political affairs to President Obama. She is a senior counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group, a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group, as well as a frequent contributor on MSNBC.

2019 September Book Commentary