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Following 9/11, President Bush’s “War on Terror” with plans to invade Iraq erupted into a cultural clash between French reluctance and American assurance over the case for “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” In Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, diplomat Abel Lanzac reveals the tension and politics through a French insider’s point of view, with satirical humor that softens the controversial subject matter. Readers follow Lanzac’s fictionalized self, Arthur Vlaminck, a speechwriter for the French Foreign Minister. As part of a team of flamboyant ministerial advisors, he has been tasked with drafting France’s response to the growing international crisis in the Middle East, which is then delivered before the United Nations Security Council. A graphic milestone of diplomacy, Weapons of Mass Diplomacy―a bestseller in Europe―pro­vides a revelatory account of a period that saw French fries become “freedom fries” and an alternative perspective on the decisions leading up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

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“Were I in the front row of the White House press briefing room, I would ask spokesman Jay Carney one question above all others: ‘Have you read Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, and if not, why not?’ It’s that good—insightful, like a tall mirror reflecting truth, hung in the halls of power.”
( The Washington Post)

“The machinations at the ministry gave him the material for ‘Quai d’Orsay,’ a bande dessinée that he wrote under the pen name Abel Lanzac, with illustrations by Christophe Blain. . . . The book was recently brought out in English by the British publisher SelfMadeHero under the title ‘Weapons of Mass Diplomacy.’”
( The New York Times)

About the Author

Abel Lanzac, a pseudonym for Antonin Baudry, is a diplomat and former advisor to French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin. Christophe Blain is an award-winning artist and writer. In 2002, he won the Best Graphic Novel award at Angoulême for Isaac the Pirate.

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GJAPPE
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
working for the Foreign Affairs Ministry of other country I can relate too all the mishaps that happened to poor Vlaminck. The M
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2016
Ver yfunny comics, working for the Foreign Affairs Ministry of other country I can relate too all the mishaps that happened to poor Vlaminck. The Minister himself is to die for, the best satyrical portrait of the political appointees that "grace" the bureaucracy... See more
Ver yfunny comics, working for the Foreign Affairs Ministry of other country I can relate too all the mishaps that happened to poor Vlaminck. The Minister himself is to die for, the best satyrical portrait of the political appointees that "grace" the bureaucracy with their intelligence.
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Felicia Warren
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Must buy/read!
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2019
This was great! Highly recommend :)
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Sam Quixote
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Mass-terful
Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2014
A clichéd phrase critics like to over-use when praising books is “tour de force” and, while it’s wholly appropriate for Weapons of Mass Diplomacy which is an exceptional comic, the “force” part is especially applicable with regards to the main figure in the story, Alexandre... See more
A clichéd phrase critics like to over-use when praising books is “tour de force” and, while it’s wholly appropriate for Weapons of Mass Diplomacy which is an exceptional comic, the “force” part is especially applicable with regards to the main figure in the story, Alexandre Taillard de Vorms - and not just because he’s sometimes depicted quite literally as Darth Vader!

De Vorms is the fictional representation of Dominique de Villepin, former French Prime Minister but, during the time the story takes place in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Quai d’Orsay. Our protagonist is Arthur Vlaminck, a young scholar hired as a speechwriter for de Vorms and Weapons of Mass Diplomacy (WMD) takes a behind-the-scenes look at how the Foreign Affairs office is run with particular emphasis on de Vorms’ personality.

A political satire these days will inevitably be put up against the enormously successful BBC TV series, The Thick of It, and while it feels similar in part, WMD is a much less farcical take. Both satires brilliantly reveal how chaotic things are like in the run up to an important speech at the United Nations, with the speech being punched up on cramped small planes and being printed off on the floors of massive hallways outside the auditorium. But whereas The Thick of It carries on its farcical tone into the speeches themselves, going for out and out comedy, WMD stops being overly silly once de Vorms gets in front of the cameras and the reader sees the chaos has manifested into a rational calm, appearing as if the Ministry had been nothing else the entire time. It’s less funny than The Thick of It but no less entertaining and helps make WMD a more distinct satire.

The writer’s name – Abel Lanzac – is a pseudonym for Antonin Baudry, whose experiences this book is based upon (and who is currently the French Cultural Counselor in New York), and who vividly brings to life what working in the Ministry was like. He spends long hours, well into the night after everyone has left, drafting speeches for the Minister, trying to get his voice right, working in de Vorms’ bizarre ideas and penchant for quotes by Heraclitus, only for the Minister to take the briefest of glances at it the next day and dismiss it outright – do it again! And again! And…

His social life disappears and his relationship with his girlfriend shrinks to snatched moments in between trips tailing the Minister and he often finds himself living out of his small office, chain-smoking while reading lengthy government reports and composing draft after draft of a speech, aware that it’ll likely be torn apart and have to be rewritten the following day. The stressful and demanding nature of the job is communicated very intensely and memorably in these sequences.

Besides the youthful Vlaminck is a wonderful supporting cast of colourful characters who’ve been in public services for years – from de Vorms’ trusted chief of staff, a calm and indispensably competent man with enormous knowledge and expertise in foreign affairs, to an increasingly stressed out advisor who at one point head-butts his desk in the middle of a meeting, to a beautiful but backstabbing female advisor. All create a vibrant atmosphere in the department but also underlines how dedicated and hard-working the staff are, contrary to public beliefs that the civil service is run by sponging layabouts.

By far the most memorable aspect of the book is the Minister himself, Alexandre Taillard de Vorms. Drawn by artist Christophe Blain in a delightfully cartoonish way in the tradition of satirical political cartoons, de Vorms appears as a wave of hair, a unibrow that doubles as his eyes, a massive phallic-like nose, and an imposing, hulk-ish body with broad shoulders and large hands he whirls around expressively and powerfully as he talks. As he walks he leaves wind trails in his wake and his appearances are preceded by the word DOOM! as if he were an actual force of nature.

De Vorms is an imposing figure both physically and personally, his machine-gun manner of speaking emphasised in his instructions to Vlaminck that his speeches should be structured one bullet point after another in quick succession – RAT-A-TAT-TAT! Baudry occasionally pokes fun at his former boss by alternately imagining him at times as Darth Vader, the legendary Minotaur of Greek myth, and, in one memorable sequence, as a celebrated figure in the future whose world owes its existence to his diplomatic efforts to avert, what he perceives will be the start of, World War 3.

It’s definitely a satirical take on the man but a very gentle and almost loving one as you get a strong sense that Baudry/Vlaminck genuinely does admire and enjoyed being with this highly energised, idealistic and intellectual man whose mission of peace and truth is nothing but laudable – though he is also undoubtedly a bit mad!

The book builds toward the imminent invasion of Khemed (the fictional Iraq) by the Americans and de Vorms’ extensive but ultimately futile efforts to divert what he believes will be the beginning of a devastating and costly war. Like renaming Iraq Khemed, numerous recognisable figures like Colin Powell and Silvio Berlusconi are all renamed though are easily recognisable – Berlusconi’s portrayal is especially funny.

Weapons of Mass Diplomacy is a stunning book. It’s a well-conceived memoir-esque story of life in high-level foreign politics at a turbulent time, executed masterfully by both Baudry and Blain whose talents elevate this fascinating story to the top tier of artistic successes. More than anything though is the character of Alexandre Taillard de Vorms who’ll stick with you long after you put the book down – he’s an unforgettable and brilliant figure. Easily one of the best books of the year, don’t miss Weapons of Mass Diplomacy!
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Athan
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Entertaining and depressing in equal measure
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2015
So I messed up. A friend said I absolutely HAD to read this book and I ordered it without realising it''s translated from the French. So I read it in translation. It was awesome regardless. It''s a fly-on-the-wall account of the goings on in the French foreign... See more
So I messed up. A friend said I absolutely HAD to read this book and I ordered it without realising it''s translated from the French. So I read it in translation.

It was awesome regardless. It''s a fly-on-the-wall account of the goings on in the French foreign ministry around the time leading up to the second Gulf War, the fly being the minister''s speechwriter.

I''m reasonably confident that a lot of the stuff is verbatim. The sundry advisors and hangers-on, the minister''s dad who wonders in uninvited, the inside jokes about NATO, how the minister went apoplectic when he had to fly with the Falcon rather than the Airbus, it''s all far too good to be made up.

And of course the main idea is that France basically stumbled into its principled opposition to the war. Maybe that bit is a bit overdone, but we''ll never know.

Even in translation, though, this is a comic book that had me rolling on the floor in laughter.

Now I''ll wrap it up and mail it to my friend Nicos who used to be the speechwriter for the Greek finance minister. I bet he gets some serious deja vu.
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Skye Kilaen
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You’ll never look at highlighters again without flinching
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2015
If you’re looking for a serious, dry, fact-based investigation of how the U.S. ended up invading Iraq... this is not the book for you. If you’re interested in a (somewhat) fictionalized account of what it’s like to work in international politics when something like that is... See more
If you’re looking for a serious, dry, fact-based investigation of how the U.S. ended up invading Iraq... this is not the book for you. If you’re interested in a (somewhat) fictionalized account of what it’s like to work in international politics when something like that is going down, though, this is perfect. Lanzac was a French government employee working during the run-up to that invasion. In this graphic novel, he’s represented by Arthur Vlaminck, a young speechwriter hired into the French Foreign Minister’s office. His boss, Alexandre Taillard de Vorms, is indescribably bizarre. However, his boss may also be the best chance the world has for peace.

As a former government employee, activist, and politics junkie, I was fascinated by the depiction of how extremely flawed human beings can play such pivotal roles on the side of justice. Even if they don''t win, and even if their personal philosophies at times seem baffling or worse. C-Man isn’t as interested in politics as I am (and he prefers a larger font!) but the ludicrous behavior of the Ministry’s staff, the humor, and the handfuls of geek references grabbed him.
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sergei kochkin
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The absurd dealt effectively through a satirical graphic novel
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2014
How else to deal with the absurd except in a satirical graphic novel by Abel Lanzac & Christopher Blaine? More than 36 million people world-wide protested against the Iraq war before "shock and awe" even happened. Despite public opinion it happened but not because... See more
How else to deal with the absurd except in a satirical graphic novel by Abel Lanzac & Christopher Blaine? More than 36 million people world-wide protested against the Iraq war before "shock and awe" even happened. Despite public opinion it happened but not because of world consensus and not because of UN resolution 1441, which really did not condone aggressive action against Iraq. This is an insider look at the gut wrenching politics involved in France''s decision to go along with the security council "warning" to Iraq''s leadership given the dubious WMD argument. The French Foreign Minister shown appropriately resembles Richard Nixon with a Pinnochio nose. This is a real collector''s item; get it before it is no longer available.
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Tennis Man
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Thought-provoking, yet funny look into the realm of geopolitics.
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2015
A don''t-miss graphic novel, lightly fictionalized from the author''s experience as a speechwriter for the prime minister of France during the run-up to the Iraqi invasion. Laugh-out-loud funny and a look inside of geopolitics from someone working within the highest levels of... See more
A don''t-miss graphic novel, lightly fictionalized from the author''s experience as a speechwriter for the prime minister of France during the run-up to the Iraqi invasion. Laugh-out-loud funny and a look inside of geopolitics from someone working within the highest levels of government.

Mr. Lanza recently visited our tv show, Books du Jour, and shared some of his experiences: https://youtu.be/XcGJlixkWeU

Enjoy!
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M.K.
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Best comic I''ve read in a good year or two
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2017
Lanzac brings you to revel in the madness of the FM, and to slowly find the domineering and erratic De Vorms as much a genius as does the main character. Best comic I''ve read in a good year or two.
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Athan
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Entertaining and depressing in equal measure
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 18, 2015
So I messed up. A friend said I absolutely HAD to read this book and I ordered it without realising it''s translated from the French. So I read it in translation. It was awesome regardless. It''s a fly-on-the-wall account of the goings on in the French foreign ministry around...See more
So I messed up. A friend said I absolutely HAD to read this book and I ordered it without realising it''s translated from the French. So I read it in translation. It was awesome regardless. It''s a fly-on-the-wall account of the goings on in the French foreign ministry around the time leading up to the second Gulf War, the fly being the minister''s speechwriter. I''m reasonably confident that a lot of the stuff is verbatim. The sundry advisors and hangers-on, the minister''s dad who wonders in uninvited, the inside jokes about NATO, how the minister went apoplectic when he had to fly with the Falcon rather than the Airbus, it''s all far too good to be made up. And of course the main idea is that France basically stumbled into its principled opposition to the war. Maybe that bit is a bit overdone, but we''ll never know. Even in translation, though, this is a comic book that had me rolling on the floor in laughter. Now I''ll wrap it up and mail it to my friend Nicos who used to be the speechwriter for the Greek finance minister. I bet he gets some serious deja vu.
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William Cohen
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A Comic Book for Speechwriters
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 26, 2014
I''ve never bought or read a bande dessinnée before, but having watched the film, Quai D''Orsay, I was inspired to buy the book. It was a fun experience I had no difficulty racing through the pages. I thought the authors managed to include lots of amusing lines and...See more
I''ve never bought or read a bande dessinnée before, but having watched the film, Quai D''Orsay, I was inspired to buy the book. It was a fun experience I had no difficulty racing through the pages. I thought the authors managed to include lots of amusing lines and observations on the life led by top officials in the French foreign office. It''s rather a poignant story about how France opposed the Iraq War, and at the same time a good insight into the problems faced by speechwriters.
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Marco António Pereira Costa
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Four Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2017
I like it.
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 13, 2014
excellent book excellent conditions as described! Thank you
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