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Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power Paperback – October 30, 2007
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This abridged version of Dallek's study of the relationship between a president and his powerful secretary of state is read with precision by Conger. Dallek approved the audiobook's abridgment, which hits the high points of his 750-page doorstopper. Conger hints at imitating the deeply familiar voices of Dallek's twin protagonists without sliding into all-out parody. He drops his voice to a semigrowl for Nixon and adds a muted Central European flavor for Kissinger. For the most part, Conger hits the expected notes, emphasizing and underlining Dallek's narrative with understated flair. Those expecting spine-tingling excitement from the meeting and collision of these two powerful, ultimately destructive political forces may be disappointed by Conger's staid reading, but its allure lies in its solid, unobtrusive nature. Conger pulls listeners into Nixon and Kissinger's struggle by ceding center stage to them.
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From Bookmarks Magazine
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.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!