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uai d'Orsay Chroniues Diplomatiues Intégrale ❮Ebook❯ ➠ uai d'Orsay Chroniues Diplomatiues Intégrale Author Abel Lanzac – Thomashillier.co.uk Following 911 President Bush’s “War on Terror” with plans to invade Ira erupted into a cultural clash between French reluctance and American assurance over the case for “Weapons of Mass Destru Following President Bush’s “War on Terror” Chroniues Diplomatiues ePUB ☆ with plans to invade Ira erupted into a cultural clash between French reluctance and American assurance over the case for “Weapons of Mass Destruction” In Weapons of Mass uai d'Orsay PDF/EPUB ² 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 d'Orsay Chroniues Diplomatiues PDF/EPUB ¿ 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 US led invasion of Ira.


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  1. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    A clichéd phrase critics like to over use when praising books is “tour de force” and while it’s wholly appropriate for Weapons of Mass Diplomacy which is an exceptional comic the “force” part is especially applicable with regards to the main figure in the story Alexandre Taillard de Vorms and not just because he’s sometimes depicted uite literally as Darth Vader De Vorms is the fictional representation of Dominiue de Villepin former French Prime Minister but during the time the story takes place in the lead up to the invasion of Ira in 2003 the French Minister of Foreign Affairs at the uai d’Orsay Our protagonist is Arthur Vlaminck a young scholar hired as a speechwriter for de Vorms and Weapons of Mass Diplomacy WMD takes a behind the scenes look at how the Foreign Affairs office is run with particular emphasis on de Vorms’ personality A political satire these days will inevitably be put up against the enormously successful BBC TV series The Thick of It and while it feels similar in part WMD is a much less farcical take Both satires brilliantly reveal how chaotic things are like in the run up to an important speech at the United Nations with the speech being punched up on cramped small planes and being printed off on the floors of massive hallways outside the auditorium But whereas The Thick of It carries on its farcical tone into the speeches themselves going for out and out comedy WMD stops being overly silly once de Vorms gets in front of the cameras and the reader sees the chaos has manifested into a rational calm appearing as if the Ministry had been nothing else the entire time It’s less funny than The Thick of It but no less entertaining and helps make WMD a distinct satire The writer’s name – Abel Lanzac – is a pseudonym for Antonin Baudry whose experiences this book is based upon and who is currently the French Cultural Counselor in New York and who vividly brings to life what working in the Ministry was like He spends long hours well into the night after everyone has left drafting speeches for the Minister trying to get his voice right working in de Vorms’ bizarre ideas and penchant for uotes by Heraclitus only for the Minister to take the briefest of glances at it the next day and dismiss it outright – do it again And again AndHis social life disappears and his relationship with his girlfriend shrinks to snatched moments in between trips tailing the Minister and he often finds himself living out of his small office chain smoking while reading lengthy government reports and composing draft after draft of a speech aware that it’ll likely be torn apart and have to be rewritten the following day The stressful and demanding nature of the job is communicated very intensely and memorably in these seuences Besides the youthful Vlaminck is a wonderful supporting cast of colourful characters who’ve been in public services for years – from de Vorms’ trusted chief of staff a calm and indispensably competent man with enormous knowledge and expertise in foreign affairs to an increasingly stressed out advisor who at one point head butts his desk in the middle of a meeting to a beautiful but backstabbing female advisor All create a vibrant atmosphere in the department but also underlines how dedicated and hard working the staff are contrary to public beliefs that the civil service is run by sponging layabouts By far the most memorable aspect of the book is the Minister himself Alexandre Taillard de Vorms Drawn by artist Christophe Blain in a delightfully cartoonish way in the tradition of satirical political cartoons de Vorms appears as a wave of hair a unibrow that doubles as his eyes a massive phallic like nose and an imposing hulk ish body with broad shoulders and large hands he whirls around expressively and powerfully as he talks As he walks he leaves wind trails in his wake and his appearances are preceded by the word DOOM as if he were an actual force of natureDe Vorms is an imposing figure both physically and personally his machine gun manner of speaking emphasised in his instructions to Vlaminck that his speeches should be structured one bullet point after another in uick succession – RAT A TAT TAT Baudry occasionally pokes fun at his former boss by alternately imagining him at times as Darth Vader the legendary Minotaur of Greek myth and in one memorable seuence as a celebrated figure in the future whose world owes its existence to his diplomatic efforts to avert what he perceives will be the start of World War 3 It’s definitely a satirical take on the man but a very gentle and almost loving one as you get a strong sense that BaudryVlaminck genuinely does admire and enjoyed being with this highly energised idealistic and intellectual man whose mission of peace and truth is nothing but laudable – though he is also undoubtedly a bit mad The book builds toward the imminent invasion of Khemed the fictional Ira by the Americans and de Vorms’ extensive but ultimately futile efforts to divert what he believes will be the beginning of a devastating and costly war Like renaming Ira Khemed numerous recognisable figures like Colin Powell and Silvio Berlusconi are all renamed though are easily recognisable – Berlusconi’s portrayal is especially funny Weapons of Mass Diplomacy is a stunning book It’s a well conceived memoir esue story of life in high level foreign politics at a turbulent time executed masterfully by both Baudry and Blain whose talents elevate this fascinating story to the top tier of artistic successes More than anything though is the character of Alexandre Taillard de Vorms who’ll stick with you long after you put the book down – he’s an unforgettable and brilliant figure Easily one of the best books of the year don’t miss Weapons of Mass Diplomacy


  2. Felicia Felicia says:

    This is too absurd not to be based on fact


  3. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    This book the cover announces is an International bestseller outside of the US translated from the French into English and deserving of a huge reading here in my country where it has sold less sensationally I think I wasn't led to read it by the title which seemed initially too jokey I wasn't expecting much and hadn't read anything about it though I suspected it had to do with the little disaster we Norte Americans created in Ira The focus of the story is on a writer for the French Minister of Defense during the build up to the second Ira war with all those lies to justify a trillion dollars of mass destruction Only NOW are some of the Republicans vying for the Presidency admitting the war was a mistake but unjustifiably respecting former President Bush Molly Ivins called him Shrub in the process though by implication they are finally throwing two of those war criminals Cheney and Rumsfeld under the bus But as you might recall France became vilified for standing up to the US and refusing to buy Colin Powell's weak argument to the UN justifying the war What was it like it France at that time? How did it come about?A summary of the plot of this book can be found in Sam uixote's fine review of a year ago which led me to read the book and only NOW comes into my possession where we learn from Sam that the writer’s name – Abel Lanzac – is a pseudonym for Antonin Baudry whose experiences this book is based upon and who is currently the French Cultural Counselor in New York Lanzac depicting himself as Arthur Vlaminck the main character in the book We get a close and sharply satirical look at the events of that time from the French perspective though everyone on all sides gets skewered including Arthur who because of the overwhelming nature of the job is also failing in his relationship with his girlfriend The cast of characters in this essentially ridiculously sad tale are superbly drawn by Christophe Blaine in the tradition of cartoon political satire with caricatures featuring long noses etc and broad humor but the terrific dialogue leads you to believe that we are getting a very close sense of what it might have been like at that insane time in the office of the Minister of Defense In the end the tale is even surprisingly moving as the right wing Minister a larger than life figure who actually gets depicted as Darth Vader at times in this story makes one of the great speeches at the UN in refusing to allow France to get into the American driven clown car of Mass Destruction The US who stopped calling Fries French at that time ooh But we looked so ridiculous in the process should be lauded for their remarkable obstinacy in the face of international pressure I certainly did then and still do A great moment in recent French history told in comic fashion VlaminickLanzacBaudry weeps during the speech he in part wrote overwhelmed by pride in his Minister and his country Bravo I say tooI don't think comics have been ideal for history or biography Maus being one exception and a recent bio of Van Gogh by Stok as another but this is a close look at a small period of time a few weeks seen from one fairly narrowly defined site works for evoking a sense of the moment I strongly recommend checking this one out


  4. Malcolm Malcolm says:

    Not long before The West Wing started it television run I had left a job in a small policy unit advising a Cabinet Minister I was alarmed at the extent to which I recognised conversations in that show – not their detail but their tone of trading ideas and pragmatic balancing of often contradictory interests of sectors of government ostensively all working to the same goal I had forgotten that sense that feeling of recognition until this marvellous ‘graphic novel’ I just like to feel secure in my middle age reading comic books Lanzac aka French diplomat Antonin Baudry takes us inside the world of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the build up to the 2003 invasion of Ira is developing internationally; Blain drew LanzacBaudry wrote Here we find the minister Alexandre Taillard de Vorms as a tour de force whose appearance in the room is marked by a Darth Vader esue Dööm and as a barely disguised Dominue de Villepin negotiating the world of international relations managing French interests and warding off the self aggrandising aspirations of other ministries and trying to stymie the neo cons rush to war Using the arrival of a new speech writer Arthur Vlaminck as the way to tell the story Lanzac and Blain let the events play out through Vlaminck’s than slightly perturbed and perplexed visionWe see Vlaminck writing to meet the Minister’s intentions only to find that as he was doing so said Minister had another meeting resulting a profound change of tone; we see other advisors working hard to make sure Vlaminck gets their pet issuespin on an issue into the speech; we see fundamental differences dressed up as matters of emphasis and minor perspective changes as profound shifts and schisms All in all this is a scathing expose and critiue of the realpolitik of diplomacy and government advisors' self protection and self interest advancement In the end we know what happens globally – what is presented here in a refreshing counterpoint to the dominant Anglo American narrative as principle loses out to naked aggression – but important is the seeming cost that Vlaminck pays in terms of his independence social life and romance although not it seems principle he does not seem to have many In places it reads like Borgen in a comic book in others like a primer in government serviceAll of which it seem very earnest and worthy and in part it is – but it is peppered with Star Wars gags Metallica lyrics and visually rich inter textual moments all of which make it incisive and entertaining and a little less earnest Having worked in the world of ministerial advisors I suspect I have read is slightly less cynically than others might This is satire as it should be and all the powerful a critiue of government and close to the bone for it


  5. Skye Kilaen Skye Kilaen says:

    If you’re looking for a serious dry fact based investigation of how the US ended up invading Ira 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 peaceAs 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


  6. Saif Saeed Saif Saeed says:

    Do you like politics? Doublespeak? A comic strip art style? This book is for you Featuring the diligent protagonist Vlaminck who has to navigate the world of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs a world ruled by PM Taillard a larger than life character who dominates every scene he's in The story draws parallels between the US invasion of Ira and fictional Khemed and the tightrope French diplomats must walk while trying to maintain the balance of power and keep the peace in the worldApparently this work is translated I honestly couldn't tell The writing was slick and the references were universal so it didn't appear feel like a 'foreign' book to me rather the POV was the only foreign thing about itI wholeheartedly recommend it


  7. Margaret Sankey Margaret Sankey says:

    In the form of a graphic novel Antonin Baudry offers his thinly disguised memoir of being Dominiue de Villepin's speechwriter in the French Foreign Ministry in the 2002 lead up to the Ira War In English as Weapons of Mass Diplomacy this inside cutting view of the workings of international affairs as they play out on phones in motorcades formal dinners office gossip shared hotel rooms and broken relationships should be in the hands of anyone interested in diplomacy Model UN international security or government service


  8. Filip Miłoszewski Filip Miłoszewski says:

    Excellent political satire on how the French ministry of foreign affairs works Set during the run up to the Ira conflict though some names and places have been fictionalized it still feels like it captures the mechanics of international politics really well In parts reads like a House of Cards kind of story in parts like a diplomatic version of Dilbert Highly recommended for everyone thinking that graphic novels aren't real novels 45


  9. Michael Michael says:

    Among my favorite graphic novels alongside Blankets Habibi and One Hundred DemonsProbably the best written narrative GN I've ever encountered The dialogue was sharp lifelike and freuently hilarious Given that I hope to enter the realm of international law and diplomacy it was especially relevant to me I've already put holds on all LanzacBlain's other work at the library


  10. Emmkay Emmkay says:

    Thinly veiled fictional graphic novel about the lead up to the first US invasion of Ira from the perspective of a young speechwriter for the French foreign minister A witty insider look at diplomatic to ing and fro ing all nighters that still lead to one’s work product being tossed on a whim jockeying for status among civil servants and so on In some ways so many self important tempests in teacups but with very real and important conseuences in this case whether France would go to war Also a notably male story in a French way there’s the protagonist’s long suffering girlfriend and there’s a single female senior civil servant whose main contribution seems to be to advocate for a ‘sensual’ approach to diplomacy


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