Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Lessons and Laughs from a Foreign Service Officer

Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Lessons and Laughs from a Foreign Service Officer

by Todd Millick


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Nasty, Brutish, and Short is a collection of irreverent essays about life overseas. The author no longer has to hold his tongue about his experiences—which means it’s payback time. He now speaks his mind about all the strange people and places he has encountered around the world over the last twenty years.

And he takes the reader on a funny and endearing jaunt to a dozen countries, from England to Egypt, and Afghanistan to Haiti, answering crucial questions like Why are Pakistani driving ranges so dangerous? And, How long can Bulgarians actually hold a grudge?

Unlike other foreign travel books, the author isn’t just passing through. He has lived in these dangerous and difficult places, often for years at a time. He knows their people, streets, and customs like the back of his hand. It was part of his job. Sometimes his life depended on it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761867821
Publisher: Hamilton Books
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Todd Millick was in the U.S. government for nearly twenty years. He studied medieval history at the University of Colorado and received a master’s degree from Cambridge. He has also published a collection of poetry called Short and Sweet (Middle Island Press, 2016).

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Looking Backward: Bulgaria 1

2 Not a High School Quarterback: Chad 17

3 Farid Flintstone: Afghanistan 25

4 The Egyptian Brake: Egypt 33

5 A Quick Geography Lesson: Bulgaria 39

6 Friendly Fire: Afghanistan 49

7 Chester: Egypt 51

8 Just Kidding: Pakistan 55

9 Land of the Free: Bulgaria 63

10 Cairo Makes You Crazy: Egypt 71

11 The Other White Meat: Turkey 85

12 Paradise Lost: Algeria 91

13 Taxi!: Egypt 97

14 Applied History: Romania 101

15 And Now for Your International Forecast: Egypt 105

16 Land of the Limping Dog: Romania 111

17 Kramer vs. Kramer: Moldova 115

18 Land of the Lost: Haiti 125

19 Unhappy Drunks: England 139

20 Going Back to See the Elephants: Bulgaria Redux 145

Postscript: Clean and Happy People: America 151

Acknowledgments 157

About the Author 159

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