In 1969, Henry Catto was selling insurance in San Antonio, Texas. Just twenty years later, he presented his credentials as ambassador to the Court of St. James's to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace. In this engaging memoir, he retraces his journey from Texas outsider to Washington insider, providing a fascinating look at the glamour, day-to-day work, and even occasional danger that come with being a high-level representative of the United States government.
Catto's posts brought him into contact with the world's most powerful leaders and left him with a wealth of stories, which he recounts amusingly in these pages. He was the official host for Queen Elizabeth's visit to America during the Bicentennial year--and one of Jose Napoleon Duarte's protectors after his failed 1972 coup attempt in El Salvador. Catto accompanied Richard Nixon on his historic trip to Russia, sparred with Bill Moyers and the producers of "60 Minutes" as Caspar Weinberger's spokesman at the Pentagon, and hosted George Bush's planning meeting with Margaret Thatcher at the beginning of the Persian Gulf War. In telling these and other stories, he offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into how political power really works in Washington, London, and other world capitals.
"When it comes to foreign affairs, Henry E. Catto Jr. may not have seen it all, but he's come close-and seen most of the world, besides. For more than two decades, Catto served Republican presidents in a succession of lofty posts in which he was an on-the-scene observer of historic events... Catto has now written Ambassadors at Sea, a delightful memoir with humorous reflections on the inevitable mishaps and errors that plague dealings with folks from different cultures... Indeed, there is something for everyone in Catto's memoir. Lovers of the capital's lavish social scene will find ample accounts of elegant Georgetown dinners along with details of White House entertaining." San Antonio Express-News
* Preface * Acknowledgments * Part 1. Life Before Forty * Rocky Mountain High * Beginnings * Party of Choice * Boarding the Train * Twenty-three Rabbits and an Elephant * Making like Marco Polo * The Social Tightrope * D.C. Family Life * Part 2. El Salvador * The Next Step * Anatomy of an Embassy * El Salvador Overview * A Day in the Life ... * Domestic and Social Conventions * Culture Shock * Protoloco * Sad Day for Democracy * Coup d'Etat * The Bill Collector * Abroad and at Home * Marxist Terrorism * The El Salvador Tour Winds Up * Part 3. Protocol *"Never, But Never, Miss the Motorcade" * Occupational Hazards * Hitting the Road with Nixon, Part 1 * Hitting the Road with Nixon, Part 2 * The Fall of a President * Back to Business as Usual * A Refreshing Change in Command *"Super K" in Action * Lessons in Hardball Diplomacy * Two Weeks, One King, Four Prime Ministers, and a Shah * Sometimes You Win One ... *... And Sometimes You Lose One * Equal Time for Israel * Preparing for the Next Challenge * Spanish Successes and Bicentennial Bloopers * Hail, Britannia * Part 4. The United Nations and the Pentagon * A Post in Geneva * Return to the Private Sector * Investments in Politics and Publishing * New Administration, New Job * All Over the Map with Cap * Channels of Communication * The Media and the Pentagon * Briefings and Leaks * Civilian Ventures and Explorations * Part 5. The Court of St. James's * Tapped for a Coveted Post * Settling In * Presentation of Credentials * Dinner at Buckingham Palace-and Murder * A Presidential Visit * A Procession of Dignitaries * Turnover in the Ranks * Good Company, Good Food, Good Entertainment * The Beefsteak Club, the Middle Temple, and Me * Covering the Territory * The Queen's English and Other Niceties * Ties Between Nations * Trouble in the Gulf * Changing of the Guard * The Approach of War * A Bit of Celebration * War * A Compelling Offer * Part 6. U.S. Information Agency *"Director of What?" * USIA Covers the World * Achieving Goals, Addressing Concerns * Freedom of the Press * Public Diplomacy and an Open Door Policy at USIA * On the Road Again * The View from the Great Wall * Next Stop, Eastern Europe * The Changing Face of Africa * Meeting Notes * A Losing Campaign * Melancholy Denouement * Witch-hunt * Moving On * Notes * Index
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 1st November 1998
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.99