Weapons of Mass Diplomacy
“ Bestselling satire of Franco-American relations ”
Paris, 2002. Arthur Vlaminck, a young civil servant, lands an impressive first job as the speechwriter for Alexandre Taillard de Vorms, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Quai d’Orsay. Vorms is no simple man. He is a refined and driven intellectual who frequently quotes classical poetry and philosophy. As the imposing doors of politics and diplomacy swing open, Vlaminck is thrown into a world of large egos, high stress, and low cunning. He is tasked with drafting France's response to a growing international crisis in the Middle East. Spanning the run-up to an invasion, we see in painful – and often hilarious – detail the inevitable clash between Gallic reluctance and American assurance over the case for Weapons of Mass Destruction. Weapons of Mass Diplomacy is a portrait of a time that saw French fries become “freedom fries” and a line from The Simpsons about “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” gain international currency.
[It] is like a tall mirror that, once hung in the halls of power, reflects truth.