Reviews March 2009 Diplomacy Before the Fall By John Lukacs The first two sentences of this fine book tell it all. “This is a text for our times. It is a celebration of diplomacy and diplomats—of an essentially extinct profession.” I shall return to this summa summa rum; but first, here is my account of the contents of this book. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. John Lukacs John Lukacs American historian who has written more than thirty books, including Five Days in London, May 1940 and A New Republic.