“Lessons From the Edge is a brilliant, engaging, and inspiring memoir from one of America’s wisest and most courageous diplomats—essential reading for current policymakers, aspiring public servants, and anyone who cares about America’s role in the world.” —Madeleine K. Albright
An inspiring and urgent memoir by the ambassador who electrified the nation by speaking truth to power.
By the time she became US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch had seen her share of corruption, instability, and tragedy in developing countries. But it came as a shock when, in early 2019, she was recalled from her post after a smear campaign by President Trump’s personal attorney and his associates—men operating outside of normal governmental channels, and apparently motivated by personal gain. Her courageous participation in the subsequent impeachment inquiry earned Yovanovitch the nation’s respect, and her dignified response to the president’s attacks won our hearts. She has reclaimed her own narrative, first with her lauded congressional testimony, and now with this memoir.
A child of parents who survived Soviet and Nazi terror, Yovanovitch’s life and work have taught her the preciousness of democracy as well as the dangers of corruption. Lessons from the Edge follows the arc of her career as she develops into the person we came to know during the impeachment proceedings.
MARIE YOVANOVITCH served as US Ambassador to Ukraine, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan, in addition to numerous other senior government positions. She retired from the State Department in 2020 and lives in the Washington, DC, area.
A Publishers Marketplace 2021 Buzz Book ?“Lessons From the Edge is a brilliant, engaging, and inspiring memoir from one of America’s wisest and most courageous diplomats. More than just a vivid exposition of the events leading up to Donald Trump’s first impeachment, Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch has written a timely and authoritative account of U.S. policy towards the former Soviet Union. This book is essential reading for current policymakers, aspiring diplomats, and anyone who cares about America’s role in the world.” —Madeleine K. Albright, former US Secretary of State "In this compelling memoir of personal struggle, patriotic idealism, adventure, and high-stakes politics, Marie Yovanovitch shares her unique experience inside the post-Cold War State Department. From her first challenging post in Mogadishu, to the bloody stand-off in Moscow between Yeltsin and the Russian parliament, through three tours as U.S. ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and Ukraine, Lessons from the Edge illuminates the vital role that diplomats play in our democracy, and takes readers along on one woman’s journey of courage, sacrifice, and transformation." —Hillary Rodham Clinton, former US Secretary of State “Written with the humility of a true public servant and a novelist’s eye for detail, Ambassador Yovanovitch’s memoir takes readers inside the fast-paced world of modern diplomacy and lays bare the rot and corruption of the Trump administration. Lessons From the Edge offers a sobering account of the abuse of power at the highest levels of our government, but also provides inspiring insights into how public servants with a commitment to justice and democracy can safeguard and help preserve our system.” —William S. Cohen, former US Secretary of Defense “First through the breach, Ambassador Yovanovitch showed Americans what courage and patriotism looks like when she risked everything by speaking truth to power, and exposing corruption in the highest offices in the land. Her deeply personal account is essential reading for anyone interested in how diplomacy really works, and how a selfless public servant can stand up to even the most powerful man in the world. More than essential reading, Lessons from the Edge is thoroughly engaging, and impossible to put down, showing us how a very private, even introverted, career diplomat, overcame the most vicious of smear campaigns to become a foreign service legend.” —Congressman Adam Schiff “When Senator McCain and I visited Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch in Ukraine in 2016, I saw up close her steadfast dedication to our country. And over the next four years, the world saw that her commitment to combating corruption and defending democracy knew no borders. Her memoir is a testament both to the importance of diplomacy and her own strength of character—even in the most trying of circumstances.” —Senator Amy Klobuchar “Ambassador Yovanovitch was the victim of a vicious ‘political mugging,’ driven by the private interests of numerous individuals in Ukraine and America, including, most shockingly, the President of the United States. Her dismissal from post in Kyiv marked a cruel end to the illustrious career of one of the most respected diplomats in the U.S. Foreign Service. It also helped spark a chain of events that led to Donald Trump’s first impeachment. This memoir, at turns moving and gripping and always inspiring, is a powerful testament to a uniquely American life well-lived and a remarkable career of dedicated public service at the highest levels of government.” —Fiona Hill, Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution, and New York Time