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The book is best understood as a prosecutorial document--both because Hitchens limits his critique to what he believes might stand up in an international court of law following precedents set at Nuremberg and elsewhere, and also because his treatment of Kissinger is far from evenhanded. The charges themselves are astonishing, as they link Kissinger to war casualties in Vietnam, massacres in Bangladesh and Timor, and assassinations in Chile, Cyprus, and Washington, D.C. After reading this book, one wants very badly to hear a full response from the defendant. Hitchens, a writer for Vanity Fair and The Nation, is a man of the Left, though he has a history of skewering both Democrats (he is the author of a provocative book on the Clintons, No One Left to Lie To) as well as Republicans (Kissinger).
At the root of this latest effort is moral outrage, and a call for Americans, of all people, not to ignore Kissinger's record: "They can either persist in averting their gaze from the egregious impunity enjoyed by a notorious war criminal and lawbreaker, or they can become seized by the exalted standards to which they continually hold everyone else," writes Hitchens. "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." --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The author puts forward solid, convincing arguments that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Henry Kissinger is a war criminal who should be put behind bars for the rest of his... Read morePublished 9 days ago by James Langford
Mr. Hitchens does an exceptional job at presenting the case against the only Nixon crony to escape indictment, although he is the worst criminal of the lot.Published 13 days ago by Richard
This is one of the most one sided and odious commentaries of Henry Kissinger ever written. I do not recommend this book, unless you want a view that totally misrepresents the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William L. Witham Jr
Finally this book exposes the true Kissinger; he was responsible for many of US's problems.Published 2 months ago by silverfox
The writer only proves through facts once again what human garbage Kissinger really is! He has served no one but himself! To many people are dead because of him! Read morePublished 5 months ago by tim woodworth
Hitchens captures in stark relief the amoral and intellectual hubris of the man !Published 6 months ago by Michael Scott
In spite of the title, the book contains less specific information that may actually be viewed as a trial material. Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Yang