The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

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Spotting a conspiracy of silence, Hitchens leaves the careful balancing of pros and cons to others. Here, he presents a platter and calls for the head.
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"If the courts and lawyers of this country will not do their duty, we shall watch as the victims and survivors of this man pursue justice and vindication in their own dignified and painstaking way, and at their own expense, and we shall be put to shame."

Forget Pinochet, Milosevic, Hussein, Kim Jong-il, or Gaddafi: America need look no further than its own lauded leaders for a war criminal whose offenses rival those of the most heinous dictators in recent history-Henry Kissinger.

Employing evidence based on firsthand testimony, unpublished documents, and new information uncovered by the Freedom of Information Act, and using only what would hold up in international courts of law, THE TRIAL OF HENRY KISSINGER outlines atrocities authorized by the former secretary of state in Indochina, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus, East Timor, and in the plight of the Iraqi Kurds, "including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap, and torture."

With the precision and tenacity of a prosecutor, Hitchens offers an unrepentant portrait of a felonious diplomat who "maintained that laws were like cobwebs," and implores governments around the world, including our own, to bring him swiftly to justice.
 

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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Reviewed by Keith Phipps on Apr 19 2002

Spotting a conspiracy of silence, Hitchens leaves the careful balancing of pros and cons to others. Here, he presents a platter and calls for the head.

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