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(Friendship Between Nations)
By Dick Jorgensen

$28.95 Hardcover

In this, the second of three memoirs, Dick Jorgensen takes readers along on his first around-the-world journey as he travels back to the United States from Japan in 1956. 

Through Southeast Asia and then the Middle East, to Europe and finally, boarding a ship for New York from Genoa, Jorgensen gives us a firsthand view of life and times in the mid-20th-century world, cluing us into the history of various places along the way, and reminding us that the world is ever-changing and subject to the vagaries of man and politics.


Yūkō, which means “friendship between nations,” tells the story of Jorgensen’s life as he joins The Asia Foundation’s Japan desk in San Francisco, marries and starts a family.


“Yuko is a gem: cogent, coherent and comprehensive.  Dick Jorgensen writes beautifully: he is clear, articulate and passionate.  At a time when Friendship Between Nations is crucial to our survival, Yuko is more important than ever.  Yuko is a must read book for anyone hoping to make this a better world.”
- John Caple, author

“Dick Jorgensen’s memoir...chronicles his work as a development officer at The Asia Foundation during...a time when [it] helped Japan recover, which in turn led to deep ties between Japan and the United States. Along the way Jorgensen becomes a dedicated advocate of Japan, and, indeed, friendship between all nations.”
- Michael H. Armacost, Fellow, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan and The Philippines
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