Foreign Missions of an American Prosecutor
From Moscow to Morocco and Paris to the Persian Gulf
A fast-paced and exciting tour of the world through the eyes of a federal prosecutor
In his fifth book, John Hailman recounts the adventures and misadventures he experienced during a lifetime of international travel. From Oman to Indonesia, from sandstorms and food poisoning to gangsters and at least one jealous husband, Hailman explores the cultures and court systems of faraway countries.
The international story begins in Paris as a young Hailman, a student at La Sorbonne, experiences the romance and excitement one expects from the City of Lights. Years later Hailman returns to France, to Interpol Headquarters in Lyon where he received his international law certificate from the National School for Magistrates. Traveling the world as a representative for the US Justice Department, Hailman encountered criminals and conspiracies, including a plot in Ossetia, Georgia, to hijack his helicopter and kidnap him. From his time as a prosecutor are tales of three very different Islamic cultures in the colorful societies and legal systems of Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Hailman also travels to the chaotic world of the former Soviet Union where, at the time of his visit, a new world of old countries was trying to rediscover independent pasts. He explores the tiny country of Moldova and the beautiful and picturesque Republic of Georgia, and visits Russia during the brief period democracy was flowering and the nation was experimenting with a new jury trial system.
Viewing his adventures through the lens of laws and customs, Hailman is able to give unique insight to the countries he visits. With each new adventure in Foreign Missions of an American Prosecutor, John Hailman shares his passion for travel and his fascination with other cultures.
John Hailman is a treasure for our state. His recollections of his personal and professional travels will now require me to visit every one of the places he describes. Although knowing how unlikely that prospect is, I am indebted to him for teaching me about people—and their cultures, lands, and beauty—that I would otherwise never have known.- Andy Taggart, attorney and coauthor of Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976–2008, Second Edition and Mississippi Fried Politics: Tall Tales from the Back Rooms
John Hailman’s new international travel book and memoir is splendid. It’s almost as much fun as being there.- David Bowen, former five-term US Congressman