- Hardcover: 752 pages
- Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (April 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060722304
- ISBN-13: 978-0060722302
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Starred Review. Bestselling author Dallek (An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy) delivers what will quickly become recognized as a classic of modern history: the definitive analysis of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger's complex, often troubled partnership in running American foreign policy from January 1969 through August 1974. Dallek has had unprecedented access to major new resources, including transcriptions (20,000 pages) of Kissinger's telephone conversations as secretary of state, unreleased audio files of key Nixon telephone conversations and Oval Office discussions, and previously unexamined documents from the archives of Nixon, Kissinger (who served first as national security adviser, then as secretary of state) and White House hands Alexander Haig and H.R. Haldeman. Dallek's eloquent portrait of power depicts two men who were remarkably alike in important ways. Both harbored ravenous personal ambitions. Both suffered from (and operated out of) profound insecurities and low self-esteem. Both were deeply resentful (to the point of paranoia) of criticisms and challenges. Digging deep into the various archives, Dallek artfully fills in the back stories behind such debacles as the pair's policies in Vietnam, Cambodia and the Middle East, as well as such triumphs as the opening to China. In what many will consider the book's darkest moment, Dallek reveals for the first time the discussions and strategic thinking that led to the U.S.-orchestrated coup d'état against Chile's democratically elected president Salvador Allende in September of 1973. As he did with his Kennedy biography, Dallek finds important new material that will revise our thinking about a president and the man the author terms "a kind of co-president." 16 pages of b&w photos. (May 1)
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Armed with voluminous new source material, presidential historian Robert Dallek delivers a comprehensive view of a profoundly influential political duo. Because of their importance, very little in Nixon and Kissinger is new. But that doesn't deter reviewers from praising Dallek for this intelligent, wide-ranging synthesis. The author of the best-selling An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917?1963 (***1/2 Sept/Oct 2003) and a two-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson, Dallek details the personal motivations behind Nixon's and Kissinger's public and private machinations, a technique that fascinates most reviewers. A few critics want more political context, but most seem satisfied with this riveting, fleshed-out story of a fascinating time in American history.
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Clinton proved the author wrong on this point by hanging on after committing perjury in a sexual harassment lawsuit. Kissinger the war criminal similarly escapes the severe scrutiny he deserves. The book succeeds as a work of redundant establishment to fiction that relentlessly lights up Nixon as the only witch that needed to be burned.
Read everything by Christopher Hitchens before buying this book.
I am not interested in taking sides at this remove from the Nixon era, but have noticed that people's reactions to this book have been very much influenced by their own opinions of Nixon and Kissinger. Whilst I have never been a fan of either, I also have no axe to grind - and was simply interested to read what Robert Dallek had to say on the subject, particularly since I had read his splendid biography of JFK some time ago and thought him a fine author.
I was in no way disappointed, and in fact very much intrigued by the whole affair. It would seem very difficult to build a case in favour of either of the two subjects of the book, whose respective backgrounds are well described in a clear and concise manner. Their approach to politics has been shown to be anything but transparent, and the duplicity which both Nixon and Kissinger appear to have practised in their respective spheres is all the more deplorable. Whether it be Viet Nam or Watergate, neither of the two can have been proud of of his achievements, however much he may wish to justify the events as they occurred.
I am not qualified to comment on the accuracy of the backstage events described in this book, but they are certainly described with great clarity, and you never get bogged down in unnecessary detail. It is a fascinating story, no matter on which side of the divide you may happen to fall. Love 'em or hate 'em, this is one helluva read, and one for which I certainly got my money's worth!