How to Visit a U.S. Embassy Without the Security Clearance

Christina Leadlay
Published: Wednesday, 09/06/2006 12:00 am EDT

It's a surprisingly pretty and colourful cover on the paperback 2005 edition of Inside a U.S. Embassy, portraying an idyllic scene of the world's peoples coming together in front of an American foreign mission. The chancery is a stately building in the neoclassical style–reminiscent of the old U.S. embassy building on Wellington St. across from Parliament Hill–with its tall, black iron gate open welcomingly on top of a stylized map of the world. Fluffy, rosy clouds rise above the building, which, coupled with the gates, give a sort of heavenly image. The concrete bollards and security cameras–ever-present features of the new U.S. embassy compound on Sussex Drive–are omitted thanks to artistic license. It's a much more playful-looking book than I was expecting.

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