Speak The Culture illustrations. He was gorgeous in a way that only quiet people with nice hair and handsome parents can be.
The books are a great read; exactly the sort of thing to stick in your pocket for the flight. When you arrive you won't be quite so ignorant; your conversation will be studded with amusing and intelligent aperçus, and the client, or the other dinner guests at an intimidating restaurant in Paris or Rome, will meekly submit to your outrageous charm and intimate knowledge of their national psyche.
Well, that's what's supposed to happen, anyway. Oh, and leave the book at the hotel while you're showing off; things could get nasty otherwise.