Finally, the urgently awaited book on Holbrooke. Think of this as the Steven Jobs book for diplomats:
Holbrooke was not unaccustomed to being a singular figure. In a handsome eulogy to George Kennan in 2005, he observed: “In today’s Washington, with its emphasis on orthodox thinking, such a person could never rise inside the government. . . . This is a great loss, because, as the life of George F. Kennan shows, individual, original thinking by one lonely person can sometimes illuminate and guide us better than all the high-level panels and commissions and interagency meetings.” That might also serve as an appropriate epitaph for Holbrooke.