Dr James Cumes is a former Australian Ambassador whose perspectives go back to boyhood in the Great Depression and active service in World War Two. After studying economics at Queensland and Canberra universities, he took his doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) for his work on “Foreign Economic Policy.” He foretold and diagnosed the “stagflation” of the 1970s in his books “The Indigent Rich” (1971) and “Inflation” (1974); and, in his later writings, was unique in explaining how domestic inflation shifted to external trade and payments, especially from the 1980s onwards, a shift that created the Asian Tigers and enabled the resurgence of the giant economies of China and India. Always a critic of mainstream interest-rate and credit policies, he shows in “America’s Suicidal Statecraft” how the United States fecklessly drained away its economic strength and endangered its political and strategic position as the world’s single superpower.
Dr Cumes has written a dozen books on economics, history, government and human behaviour, and four novels, including “Haverleigh” based on his experiences as a teenage soldier in World War Two and later. Post-war, he held senior positions in Australia’s Foreign Office and diplomatic service. After postings in Paris and London, he was Chargé d'Affaires Bonn; Head of the Australian Military Mission, Berlin; Chargé d’Affaires Brussels; High Commissioner to Nigeria and visiting Ambassador to West African countries from Sierra Leone to the Congo; Ambassador to the European Union and several individual European countries; Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vienna and UNIDO; Governor on the Board of IAEA; Australian representative at numerous United Nations and other major conferences around the world.
He is married to Heide Schulte von Bäuminghaus, they have a daughter, Kim Alexandra Sarah and homes in Australia, Vienna, Monaco and Cannes.
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by James Cumes
Published: September 30, 2010
The Hedonists is a rollicking story of sex and diplomacy in the lives of two dedicated pleasure-seekers: Randall Pascoe Maitland, a young diplomatist who sprinkles his erotic escapades with occasional prickings of conscience and even fewer acts of heroism; and Howard Winston Jocelyn The Third, an up-and-coming executive and ex-Don Juan, now obsessed with a she-devil.
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