McKean served in Luxembourg from 2016 to 2017 during the Barack Obama administration. In his book Watching Darkness Fall: FDR, His Ambassadors, and the Rise of Adolf Hitler, McKean presents the view of the US ambassadors to London, Berlin, Paris and Moscow in the lead-up to WWII. The ambassadors’ impressions communicated to then-US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt provide a particularly insightful look into that period of history.
“The fact that Roosevelt was communicating directly with his ambassadors, that’s somewhat unheard of today. Certainly, in certain countries, the President would be talking directly to an ambassador, but we have ambassadors all over the world, and probably only a few that would be in conversation with President Biden today,” said McKean.
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