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The art of diplomacy : strengthening the Canada-U.S. relationship in times of uncertainty / Bruce Heyman & Vicki Heyman.
Publication Information:
New York ; London ; Toronto ; Sydney ; New Delhi : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
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xiv, 267 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
"When Bruce Heyman was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to Canada, he and his wife and confidante, Vicki, already knew the country north of the border as America's closest friend and neighbour. By the end of four years as ambassador, he and Vicki were in love with the country. Together, Bruce and Vicki opened their hearts to Canada and helped unite two countries that share so much more than just a border. In their memoir, Bruce and Vicki invite readers to explore what Canada has to offer as they reflect on the experiences that shaped them and the people from coast to coast to coast who taught them what it means to be Canadian. Heartfelt and honest, this memoir is a love letter to Canada from a couple that exemplifies that we are at our best when we are strong and standing together."-- Provided by publisher.
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A personal and insightful call to action and a much-needed book about one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world--the relationship between Canada and the US--and why diplomacy matters now more than ever before.

All over the world, diplomacy is under threat. Diplomats used to handle sensitive international negotiations, but increasingly, incendiary Tweets and bombastic public statements are posing a threat to foreign relations.

In The Art of Diplomacy , the former US ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, and his partner, Vicki Heyman, spell out why diplomacy and diplomats matter, especially in today's turbulent times. This dynamic power couple arrived in Canada intent on representing American interests, but they quickly learned that to do so meant representing the shared interests of all citizens--no matter what side of the 49th parallel they happened to live on.

Bruce and Vicki narrate their three years in Canada spent journeying across the country and meeting Canadians from all walks of life--including Supreme Court justices, prime ministers, fishermen, farmers, artists, and entrepreneurs. They tell the behind-the-scenes stories of how their team helped bring Obama to Canada and Trudeau to the US. They also reveal the importance of creating cultural and artistic exchange between Canada and the US, of promoting economic and trade interests, and overall, of making a lasting positive impact on one of the most important relationships in the free world today.

This politically poignant and heartfelt memoir is a call to action, a reminder that only by working together to protect our shared values--the environment, social justice and human rights--can nations build a better world for all. As their long-time friend and colleague President Obama once said, "The world needs more Canada." At this key moment in history, when opposing nationalist and populist agendas threaten to divide us, The Art of Diplomacy reminds us to keep calm, to work together and to carry on.

Author Notes

Ambassador Bruce Heyman served as the United States Ambassador to Canada under President Barack Obama from 2014 until 2017. He appears regularly on CBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, CTV, CNBC, and other media outlets as an expert on trade and bilateral issues. He lives in Chicago with his wife and co-author, Vicki Heyman. Connect on Twitter @BruceAHeyman.

Vicki Heyman was an American cultural envoy in Canada, leading cross-border conversations and programs related to the arts, social innovation, and youth engagement. She is on the board of the Council for Canadian American Relations, the international advisory board of C2 Montreal, and Chicago Media Project. Vicki lives in Chicago where she and Bruce are co-founders of Uncharted,llc . Connect on Twitter @vshey .

Table of Contents

Introduction: We Are Family, No Matter Whatp. 1
Part 1
1 Yes We Canp. 11
2 Tell Me What You Know About Canadap. 25
3 Home Away from Homep. 43
Part 2
4 In Bed with an Elephantp. 59
5 Into the Weedsp. 85
6 Breaking the Icep. 109
7 A Healthy Hivep. 127
Part 3
8 The Way You Make Your Bedp. 153
9 Grace Will Lead Us Homep. 165
10 When the Walls Come Tumbling Downp. 177
11 The World Needs More Canadap. 193
Part 4
12 Hindsightp. 209
13 The Queen Bee Leaves the Hivep. 229
Epilogue: The Art of Diplomacyp. 237
Acknowledgmentsp. 241
Appendix: Heyman Honey Cakep. 247
Notesp. 251
Photography Creditsp. 253
Indexp. 259