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I Did It This Way is a quintessentially American story that illuminates a life of our times. George C. McGhee, an author, engineer, diplomat, industrialist and philanthropist chronicles his twenty-two years of distinguished service in the StateMoreI Did It This Way is a quintessentially American story that illuminates a life of our times. George C. McGhee, an author, engineer, diplomat, industrialist and philanthropist chronicles his twenty-two years of distinguished service in the State Department in this richly detailed,engagingly eloquent memoir.He was already a promising young geologist when he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, and his experiences in Great Britain on the eve of the Second World War opened for him undreamed of vistas far beyond the bounds of his provincial Texas upbringing. It was then that he became determined to pursue a career in the field of international diplomacy, and his subsequent personal success in the oil industry provided him with the financial wherewithal to achieve his aspirations in the arena of public service.Taking us through his travels to Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, South Asia, Africa and Germany, he provides rare insights into the subtle art of diplomacy, the delicate process of forging policy and conducting sensitive negotiations that ultimately determines the course of world events.Not only a fascinating autobiography, I Did It This Way offers a unique perspective on the history of the Twentieth Century and a provocative discussion of the pivotal role the United States must continue to play in the newly emergent global community.About the Author:George C. McGhee was born in Waco, Texas in 1912. After receiving a degree in geology from the University of Oklahoma, he attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where he earned a doctorate degree. He has since been awarded honorary doctorates from five universities.After establishing his own oil company, he began his government work in 1941 on the War Production Board. He then served as a navy lieutenant in World War II.During his long career with the Department of State, he was named Ambassador to Turkey by President Truman and served as Ambassador to West Germany under John F. Kennedy.Retiring to the private sector in 1968, he has been a director of twelve corporations including Proctor & Gamble, Mobil Corp., TWA. He was also Chairman of the Saturday Review, and he acted as trustee for numerous civic, charitable and educational organizations. The author of nine books on current affairs and the recipient of many awards and honors, he and his wife, Cecilia, live on their farm, Farmers Delight near Middleburg, Virginia.