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The Trial of Henry Kissinger Kindle Edition
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS (1949-2011) was the author of the New York Times bestsellers god Is Not Great, Hitch 22: A Memoir, Arguably: Essays, and Mortality, among others. A regular contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly and Slate, Hitchens also wrote for The Weekly Standard, The National Review, and The Independent, and appeared on The Daily Show, Charlie Rose, The Chris Matthews Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and C Span's Washington Journal. He was named one of the world's "Top 100 Public Intellectuals" by Foreign Policy and Britain's Prospect.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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 alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B007EE4N1C
- Publisher : Twelve; New edition (April 10, 2012)
- Publication date : April 10, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 692 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 283 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #467,680 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Odd how most of these people are never punished. The book was worth the time invested to read it.
After reading the book one is left wondering what was the difference between the evil communists and the nation pushing for freedom.
I am sure Quincy Adams would be squirming in his grave for what his country me did of fighting monsters in distant lands...
Top reviews from other countries
A really well written book. The texture makes you feel like you were there in some parts, which isn’t a really nice feeling, but shows the power of the writing. Really shows the injustice in the world and that western countries are not really democracies, as they claim.
I bet this book made many political figures from the US, at least, unconfortable.
It's amazing how Hitches can be so provacative and yet so assertive.
It's also a bold move for a British national to tackle one of the pillar figures of the "modern" US political scene while livving in Washington.