'American ambassador Maxwell Gordon Amberley has a reputation as a tough negotiator. Yet when he is sent to Vietnam, the dilemma he faces throws him into self-doubt. He is made arbiter of his nation's fate on the one hand, and of the life and death of the ruling house of Vietnam on the other.
'Out of every international crisis comes at least one great book. From the explosive, bitter and savage battlefront of Vietnam, Morris West's masterly novel The Ambassador brings to life the early days of the Vietnam War and its backroom political dealings, foreshadowing the repercussions that continue today.'
Source: Publisher's blurb (Allen & Unwin, 2017).
Epigraph: Heaven and earth and I are of the same root. The ten thousand things and I are of one substance./ Attributed to Sojo the Scholar-Monk
'All things betray thee, who betrayest Me.'/ Francis Thompson, The Hound of Heaven
The shadow contains the undeveloped sides of our personality, the unconcious possibilities, abilities and intentions of our soul. This shadow has often been known as the dark brother./ Ernst Aeppli, Psychologie des Bewusstens und Unbewusstens