“A biography of a job rather than of an individual, this profile follows Jan Eliasson as he performs his duties as Sweden's ambassador to the US. After attending policy meetings with the ambassador and watching him give speeches, host receptions and interact with other diplomats, Shaw, senior correspondent and vice president for Market News International, explains the ways diplomacy shapes global political debates and influences international relations.”
-- BOOK NEWS, Inc., August 2006
“Sweden’s Diplomatic Superstar … Sweden’s Jan Eliasson—former Swedish ambassador to the United States who is now president of the U.N. General Assembly and his country’s foreign minister—came back to Meridian International Center on June 26 to join author and Washington Diplomat columnist John Shaw in celebration of Shaw’s latest book, “The Ambassador: Inside the Life of a Working Diplomat,” which examines Eliasson’s diplomatic career.”
-- Diplomatic Pouch, Washington Diplomat, June 2006
"It offers a provocative portrait of an international statesman and a fascinating look at the inner workings of modern-day diplomacy."
"Through John Shaw's eyes we are permitted a rare look at the many aspects of the life of a successful diplomat. It makes for wonderful reading, and sheds light upon a life that has given much to the world, and that has much more to give."
-- Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret), From the Foreword to The Ambassador, May 2006
"Jan Eliasson is a diplomatic superstar. In an era of dramatic changes in international relations, Eliasson has shown the way to a new definition of the role of diplomat."
-- Richard H. Solomon, former US Ambassador to the Philippines, President of the US Institute of Peace, May 2006
"John Shaw's compelling account of one of the world's most remarkable super-diplomats is important for all students of international relations."
-- Richard G. Lugar, Chairman, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, May 2006