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Pattern of circles : an ambassador's story
Dolibois, John, 1918-2014.
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Publication Information:
Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, [1989]

Physical Description:
xvi, 314 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
Reading Level:
950 Lexile.
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E840.8.D65 A3 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Dolibois interrogated Nazi war criminals, reached the rank of Army Captain before discharge, was Vice President for University Relations at Miami University (1967-81), and US Ambassador to Luxembourg (1981-85). These are his memoirs. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Dolibois, born in Luxembourg, was brought to Ohio at age 13, was stationed in Luxembourg during World War II with Army intelligence, landed a postwar job at his alma mater, Miami University of Ohio, and worked his way up to vice-president and chief development officer. Retiring after 34 years at the university, he was appointed in 1981 as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg, the first naturalized American to be sent to the land of his birth in that capacity. This heartwarming, entertaining memoir tells the story of his struggles to overcome social barriers in the Akron community and to become the first member of his family to enter a university, his dramatic military assignment interrogating Nazis awaiting trial at Nuremburg (Goering, Donitz, Ribbentrop and others), his innovative fundraising, scholarship and building programs at the university, and his four productive years as ambassador in a country rich in boyhood memories. His autobiography, which he calls ``an essay in gratitude,'' re-creates a life of notable service to his community, to scholarship, to the nation. Illustrated. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 To the Boulevard Emmanuel Servaisp. 1
Chapter 2 Bonnevoie: the Good Roadp. 8
Chapter 3 The Americanization of a Luxembourgerp. 22
Chapter 4 To These Things You Must Returnp. 30
Chapter 5 'Neath the Elms at Old Miamip. 38
Chapter 6 The Making of an Interrogatorp. 52
Chapter 7 Th Ose Dancing White Horsesp. 67
Chapter 8 The Class of 1945p. 80
Chapter 9 Life in Ashcanp. 98
Chapter 10 I Knew the Top Nazisp. 110
Chapter 11 From Luxembourg to Oberurselp. 129
Chapter 12 The German General Staffp. 142
Chapter 13 When Hess and Goering Met Againp. 159
Chapter 14 Nuremberg Journalp. 178
Chapter 15 The German Viewpointp. 195
Chapter 16 The Road Ahead: an Enlarging Futurep. 207
Chapter 17 Fund-Raiser or Builder?p. 227
Chapter 18 Upstairs at the Embassyp. 238
Chapter 19 Deep in the Heart of Europep. 254
Chapter 20 Memorable Occasionsp. 267
Chapter 21 End of the Journeyp. 286
Indexp. 302