The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

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“His own lonely impunity is rank; it smells to heaven. If it is allowed to persist then we shall shamefully vindicate the ancient philosopher Anacharsis, who maintained that laws were like cobwebs; strong enough to detain only the weak, and too weak to hold the strong. In the name of innumerable victims known and unknown, it is time for justice to take a hand.”

With the detention of Augusto Pinochet, and intense international pressure for the arrest of Slobodan Milosevic, the possibility of international law acting against tyrants around the world is emerging as a reality. Yet, as Christopher Hitchens demonstrates in this compact, incendiary book, the West need not look far to find suitable candidates for the dock. The United States is home to an individual whose record of war crimes bears comparison with the worst dictators of recent history. Please stand, ex-Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, Henry A. Kissinger.

Weighing the evidence with judicial care, and developing his case with scrupulous parsing of the written record, Hitchens takes the floor as prosecuting counsel. He investigates, in turn, Kissinger’s involvement in the war in Indochina, mass murder in Bangladesh, planned assassinations in Santiago, Nicosia and Washington, D.C., and genocide in East Timor. Drawing on first-hand testimony, previously unpublished documentation, and broad sweeps through material released under the Freedom of Information Act, he mounts a devastating indictment of a man whose ambition and ruthlessness have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread, indiscriminate slaughter.

About Christopher Hitchens

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Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of the best-selling God Is Not Great. His books published by Verso include The Trial of Henry Kissinger, No One Left to Lie To, The Missionary Position, Unacknowledged Legislation, The Parthenon Marbles, Hostage to History, and more.
Published April 10, 2012 by Twelve. 283 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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The explosive treatise from recently deceased journalist, author, and provocateur Hitchens—originally published in 2001 and then again in 2012—offers a no-holds-barred indictment of veteran Washington diplomat and power broker Henry Kissinger for a host of crimes related to covert military ac...

May 28 2012 | Read Full Review of The Trial of Henry Kissinger

London Review of Books

Anyone who has studied the 1968-76 period has long been aware that Kissinger could be a very rough customer indeed, and that his role in government gave him unparalleled opportunities for global realpolitik.

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Austin Chronicle

Hitchens then turns to Kissinger's actions while in office relating to Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus, and East Timor, then summarizes his post-Washington career as a consultant to multinational corporations in their relations with autocratic regimes.

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