The theme of this calendar was inspired by Mark Twain’s quotation that:
“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them”.
Diplomats, like many other professionals, must read, understand, synthesise and make sense of newspapers, magazines, emails, official reports and so many other things related to their daily work. But there is so much else to read both for pleasure and to deepen our knowledge. The digital revolution has successfully given us access to more and more information and taken away the time available to do so.
We believe that reading one book a month is an entirely reasonable objective. Our challenge was that of selecting books that support professional development and are relevant to management in diplomacy. The selection reflects our reading history over many years and our belief that these are transformational works as they changed the way we think, live and work.
Some of the 11 books we’ve selected have been in best-seller lists for many years and perhaps some may be unknown to you and we hope this will not stop you from being curious about them. Happily, books are perhaps the cheapest luxury available today (even free if your library has a copy).
Reading good books was, is and will continue to be essential to personal and professional growth. This is why the 2013 Diplo calendar is a joint initiative of the DiploFoundation and the Diplomatic Institute of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Stefano Baldi and Eduardo Gelbstein