Incredibly entertaining read. Richardson recounts visits and negotiations with despots and dictators around the world, and some closer to home in the States as well. Plenty of anecdotes mixed in with negotiation tips, it’s almost less of a howto than it is a collection of essays highlighting memorable encounters. I thought it very interesting to see what actually goes on in a negotiating session between people in high-office (the ability to call for press conferences and how it can be ‘used’ was particularly eye-opening).
Mostly, I was surprised how fun it was. Recommended, if you have either a passing interest in politics or negotiation, or just fun stories.