Kissinger by Walter Isaacson
A Biography

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By the time Henry Kissinger was made secretary of state in 1973, he had become, according to the Gallup Poll, the most admired person in America and one of the most unlikely celebrities ever to capture the world's imagination. Yet Kissinger was also reviled by large segments of the American public, ranging from liberal intellectuals to conservative activists. Kissinger explores the relationship between this complex man's personality and the foreign policy he pursued. Drawing on extensive interviews with Kissinger as well as 150 other sources, including U.S. presidents and his business clients, this first full-length biography makes use of many of Kissinger's private papers and classified memos to tell his uniquely American story. The result is an intimate narrative, filled with surprising revelations, that takes this grandly colorful statesman from his childhood as a persecuted Jew in Nazi Germany, through his tortured relationship with Richard Nixon, to his later years as a globe-trotting business consultant.

About Walter Isaacson

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Walter Isaacson, presidente del Instituto Aspen, ha sido presidente de la CNN y director ejecutivo de la revista Time. Es autor de Einstein, su vida y su universo, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life y Kissinger: A Biography, y es coautor, con Evan Thomas, de The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Vive con su esposa en Washington, D.C.
Published May 21, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 897 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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While Isaacson gives Kissinger full marks for his many accomplishments in foreign policy, he minces few words in recounting the secretiveness, devotion to Realpolitik, and personal insecurities that gained Kissinger a reputation for Dr. Strangelove-like duplicity.

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Nixon, for instance, ordered the massive bombing campaign against Hanoi and Haiphong in December 1972, while Congress was in recess for the Christmas break, telling Mr. Kissinger that “one of the beauties of doing it now” is “we don’t have the problem of having to consult with Congress.” Despite...

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The fullest account of Kissinger's life and career to date, other than his memoirs, this spooky, engrossing portrait--a BOMC main selection in cloth--provides plenty of ammunition for the former Secretary of State's supporters and detractors both.

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He maintains that Kissinger's foreign policy, rooted in stealth and surprise, mirrored and reinforced the darker side of his increasingly jealous patron, President Nixon, and goes on to reveal how Chief of Staff Alexander Haig undercut his rival.

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Entertainment Weekly

behind his back he referred to him as ''meatball mind,'' and ''our drunken friend.'' Nixon reciprocated by muttering about Jewish traitors, to which the ever politic Kissinger, whose parents brought him from Bavaria to New York at 15 to avoid Nazi pogroms, would respond, ''Well, Mr. President...

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London Review of Books

‘I got the impression that Kissinger suffered less anti-semitism in his youth than I did as a kid in New Jersey.’ It is fortunate that one of the contributors to your 22 October issue, Sherry Turkle, is psycho-literate and so able to describe correctly the phenomenon of ‘projection’: ‘we reas...

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