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[Henry Kissinger and American Power] effectively separates the man from the myths." —The Christian Science Monitor | Best books of August 2020The definitive biography of Henry Kissinger—at least for those who neither revere nor revile himOver the past six decades, Henry Kissinger has been America’s most consistently praised—and reviled—public figure. He was hailed as a “miracle worker” for his peacemaking in the Middle East, pursuit of détente with the Soviet Union, negotiation of an end to the Vietnam War, and secret plan to open the United States to China. He was assailed from the left and from the right for his indifference to human rights, complicity in the pointless sacrifice of American and Vietnamese lives, and reliance on deception and intrigue. Was he a brilliant master strategist—“the 20th century’s greatest 19th century statesman”—or a cold-blooded monster who eroded America’s moral standing for the sake of self-promotion?In this masterfully researched biography, the renowned diplomatic historian Thomas Schwartz offers an authoritative, and fair-minded, answer to this question. While other biographers have engaged in hagiography or demonology, Schwartz takes a measured view of his subject. He recognizes Kissinger’s successes and acknowledges that Kissinger thought seriously and with great insight about the foreign policy issues of his time, while also recognizing his failures, his penchant for backbiting, and his reliance on ingratiating and fawning praise of the president as a source of power. Throughout, Schwartz stresses Kissinger’s artful invention of himself as a celebrity diplomat and his domination of the medium of television news. He also notes Kissinger’s sensitivity to domestic and partisan politics, complicating—and undermining—the image of the far-seeing statesman who stands above the squabbles of popular strife. Rounded and textured, and rich with new insights into key dilemmas of American power, Henry Kissinger and American Power stands as an essential guide to a man whose legacy is as complex as the last sixty years of US history itself.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07Y73CNVN
  • Éditeur ‏ : ‎ Hill and Wang (25 août 2020)
  • Langue ‏ : ‎ Anglais
  • Taille du fichier ‏ : ‎ 15702 KB
  • Synthèse vocale ‏ : ‎ Activée
  • Lecteur d’écran  ‏ : ‎ Pris en charge
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée  ‏ : ‎ 562 pages
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2 review for Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography (English Edition) Format Kindle

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wilson D. Miscamble

    Thomas Schwartz has written a brilliant study of Henry Kissinger's engagement with American foreign policy and political life. His work is filled with insight regarding both the making of foreign policy and the complex relationships of those men -- in particular Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon -- who made it. Schwartz has an excellent grasp of how the clash and blend of motives, personalities, and abilities combine in the policymaking process. This book persuasively clarifies that Kissinger was as much a "tactician" as he was a "strategist" and Schwartz demonstrates Kissinger's brilliance (for the most part!) at playing both the diplomacy as well as the domestic political games. His portrayal of the Kissinger-Nixon relationship is both revealing and nuanced. He reveals how each man pursued his personal ambition and engaged in both competition and cooperation as they pursued their foreign policy objectives. This is a book that anyone who wants to understand the messy formulation of foreign policy in a democracy should read. Schwartz's sure hand guides one to a richer appreciation of how foreign policy and domestic politics intersect and it casts much-needed light on how the media is used in that process. It is also written with real verve and is accessible to general readers who want to understand one of the most extraordinary figures in the making of American foreign policy in the 20th century. En lire plus

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Burgener

    Through crisp and deeply engaging prose, Tom Schwartz was written an engrossing and even-handed biography of Henry Kissinger that explores American Foreign Policy between the end of World War II and the end of the Ford Administration. While always central, Schwartz uses Kissinger — still one of the most fascinating characters in American political life in the last century — to show how domestic political considerations were often driving foreign policy in the Nixon White House. Kissinger — deeply flawed as he was — comes alive as a character, not just as the two-dimensional villain or diplomatic savant as he was portrayed, but as a complicated man who is worth exploring. Kissinger, the National Security Advisor, and later Secretary of State, is a case study in the exercise of power and how American policy decisions are often driven by individual personalities than anyone wants to believe. Schwartz’s analysis persuasively re-examines Kissinger’s tenure at the center of American Foreign Policy and shows just how consequential he was, not only for his critical miscalculations that elongated the Vietnam War, but also his boldness to see the opportunity to “open” China, as well as forge real diplomatic breakthroughs in the Middle East. Kissinger has a lot to answer for, and Schwartz adeptly probes all those questions in a clear and incisive way, while also giving him his due. This is an excellent read that is worth the time and attention of anyone who cares about American history in the 20th Century and how the decisions made then continue to shape our world today. En lire plus

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