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Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon, and the Destruction of Cambodia Paperback – August 14, 2002
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Remarkable and compelling…. First and foremost an American political thriller.... where American officials spied on each other, lied to each other and falsified reports.... ALL TOO REAL., The Boston Globe
Sideshow excels.... It has the sweep and shadows of a spy novel as it portrays the surreal world of power, severed from morality., The New York Times
Shawcross's 1979 volume was powerful when first published and even more so today: Henry Kissinger in his last book spent nearly 100 pages attacking it. This revised edition includes another onslaught, by Kissinger aide Peter Rodman and Shawcross's rebuttal. Essential title., Library Journal
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- Publisher : UNKNO; Revised edition (August 14, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 542 pages
- ISBN-10 : 081541224X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0815412243
- Item Weight : 1.59 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.18 x 1.21 x 8.94 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are into learning the backside of "official history", then this book's for you. You will no longer look at Kissinger, Nixon or Westmoreland with the same candid, awe-filled, obedient eyes after reading it. Packed with previously unheard-of accounts, reports, testimonies, following a clean, highly intelligent argumentation methodology, Sideshow acts as a real bulldozer on the reader, repeatedly releasing and depicting loads of devastating illustrations of unsound decisions, hidden political actions, secret wars of influences etc. with the consequences that we all know now. It is certainly one of the punchiest, journalism-based historical accounts I have ever read, whatever the subject.
It shed a completely new and dramatic light onto the country I was a guest of then, and forever changed the way I looked at politics, diplomacy and intelligence.
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I would have given five stars but for the palpable political bias that transpires throughout the book. The author hates the guts of Nixon and Kissinger, and anything the U.S. ever did in this book is always inevitably wrong. This emotional approach detracts from the necessary detachment and cold blood I think is indispensable in any historical research work, especially when focussing on topics as controversial as this one.