From Publishers Weekly
Oxford University historian Horne (Harold Macmillan
) presents a busy snapshot of AmericaÖs controversial superdiplomat in this admiring biographical study. The year 1973 ran Henry Kissinger, Richard NixonÖs chief foreign policy adviser, ragged with such watersheds as the Paris Peace Treaty with North Vietnam, the ChileansÖ overthrow of president Salvador Allende and the Yom Kippur War; he also won the Nobel Peace Prize, was appointed secretary of state and launched détente with the Soviets. HorneÖs chummyportrait, heavily informed by its ever-accessible subject, dubs Kissinger the single most powerful man in the world as his epic negotiations, intricately recounted here, resolved crisis after crisis while a paralyzed Nixon White House dithered over Watergate. Horne defends Kissinger from leftists who accuse him of war crimes and right-wingers who claim he was soft on Russia; he absolves Kissinger of responsibility for the Chilean coup, and blames congressional doves and a fifth column of antiwar activists for handing Indochina over to communism. The authorÖs own Cold War conservatism heightens the bookÖs dated tone; he doesnÖt question the continuing relevance of KissingerÖs static, Metternichian balance-of-superpowers vision. His is a simplistic, unreflective account of KissingerÖs place in history. (June)
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“A riveting story about one of the country’s most powerful secretaries of state”
--Jonathan Karl, The Wall Street Journal
"[Sir Alistair] tells the story racily and well"
"The book bustles with Kissinger’s peripatetic diplomacy and management of a series of crises."
--Gilbert Taylor, Booklist
"Horne grippingly recounts those tense days of international negotiation, all the more dramatic due to the psychological withdrawal of the president. The dynamic between Nixon and Kissinger, so different in personality and background, propels the narrative. The author writes perceptively of the strange bond between the two men"
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