Douglas MacKinnon

Grow up dirt poor? She’s done it. Host a top-rated television show for 15 years? She’s done it. Get dressed in men’s clothes and then be smuggled across the border into Pakistan? She’s done it. Survive a Soviet gunship attack in the mountains of Afghanistan? She’s done it. Literally house and feed thousands of desperately poor and war-ravaged people? She’s done it.

Even with all of that real-life experience, what separates Ms. Herring’s memoir from most is that it’s simply great fun to read. It’s inspirational across the board and proves it’s never too late to start over, never too late to roll the dice, never too late to fight for a cause, never too late to chase a dream, never too late to volunteer, and never too late to start a new romance.

How many people can work day and night for years on end to fight with the Mujahedeen against the former Soviet Union on one hand, while being flattered and admired by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sean Connery, and Tom Hanks on the other?

While liberals and the mainstream media may be loathe to admit it, Diplomacy and Diamonds is a timely tutorial for young women especially on how to live a life of faith, ambition, sacrifice and fun with absolutely no regrets. As the book relates, she had a few doors opened for her along the way while forcing open the rest. Once open, she either walked or crawled through depending upon the circumstances and always took advantage of the opportunity.

Joanne King Herring dared to step into that arena time and time again and is anything but one of “those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory or defeat.”

Read the story. Get inspired. And then step into your arena to fight for your dreams, your rights, and our nation.


Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is former White House and Pentagon official who spent three years working in a Joint Command.

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