Guardians of the Grail by Christopher Datta


Chris Datta is a colleague, friend and personal hero of mine. As a fellow Foreign Service Officer, I've done some hard jobs, but nothing compared to Chris's service in the toughest, most dangerous places on earth. Chris tells the story of one American FSO who believed in serving his country in very foreign lands. From the hilariously morbid bureaucracy of South India to the blood-soaked streets of Rwanda to civil war in Liberia to the creation of a new country in South Sudan, this memoir should make us all shake our heads with wonder and pride at the sacrifices our diplomats make for America. Thank you, Chris, for telling our story so well. Ambassador (Ret.) Tom Krajeski

In his new memoir, “Guardians of the Grail: A Life of Diplomacy on the Edge,” career diplomat and novelist Christopher Datta reveals that his real-life escapades sometimes rivaled his fictional adventures. As a civil conflict specialist with the U.S. State Department, he was often called into some of the most troubled spots in the Mideast and Africa, where his diplomatic skills were put to the test under trying circumstances, including having a rocket-propelled grenade trained on him.
Karen Lyon, Literary Editor, The Hill Rag