Fragments of Our Time
Memoirs of a Diplomat

Martin J. Hillenbrand


"A gracefully written diplomatic memoir by an important player in German-American relations."
—Randall B. Woods, author of Dawning of the Cold War: The United States' Quest for Order

"Adds considerably to our knowledge of twentieth-century U.S. foreign policy."
—Lloyd C. Gardner, author of A Covenant with Power: America and World Order from Wilson to Reagan

As a high-ranking American diplomat during the Cold War, Martin J. Hillenbrand was witness to some of the most exciting moments in twentieth-century history. Fragments of Our Time is a richly detailed, gracefully written account of a career that spanned seven presidencies and more than half a century.

After stints in Africa and Asia, the bulk of Hillenbrand's career was spent in Europe. He recounts with authority his experiences in postwar Germany, his involvement with the Cuban missile crisis, his appointment as the first American ambassador to Hungary, and his posts as assistant secretary of state for European affairs and ambassador to Germany. Hillenbrand writes with a keen wit and discerning eye of the people and events that shaped contemporary American foreign policy.

Page count: 432 pp.
Trim size: 6.125 x 9.25


List price: $51.95

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Martin J. Hillenbrand is the Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations emeritus and codirector emeritus of the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia.