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White House Years By Henry Kissinger White House Years In this first volume of his memoirs Dr Kissinger covers his first four years as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and President Nixon s closest adviser on foreign pol

  • Title: White House Years
  • Author: Henry Kissinger
  • ISBN: 9780316496612
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Hardcover
  • White House Years By Henry Kissinger In this first volume of his memoirs, Dr Kissinger covers his first four years 1969 1973 as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and President Nixon s closest adviser on foreign policy It is undoubtedly the most significant book to come out of the Nixon Administration Among the countless great and critical moments Dr Kissinger recalls are his firstIn this first volume of his memoirs, Dr Kissinger covers his first four years 1969 1973 as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and President Nixon s closest adviser on foreign policy It is undoubtedly the most significant book to come out of the Nixon Administration Among the countless great and critical moments Dr Kissinger recalls are his first meeting with Nixon, his secret trip to China, the first SALT negotiation, the Jordan crisis of 1970, the India Pakistan war of 1971, and the historic summit meetings in Peking and Moscow He covers the major controversies over Indochina policy during that period, including events in Laos, the overthrow of Cambodia s Prince Sihanouk, his secret talks with the North Vietnamese in Paris, his Peace is at hand press conference, and the breakdown of the talks that led to the Christmas bombing of 1972 He offers his insight s into the Middle East conflicts, Sadat s break with the Soviets, the election of Salvador Allende in Chile, issues of defense strategy, and relations with Europe and Japan.Other highlights are his relationship with Nixon, brilliant portraits of major foreign leaders, and his views as to the handling of crises and the art of diplomacy Few men have wielded as much influence in the arena of American foreign policy as Henry Kissinger This record makes an invaluable and lasting contribution to the history of this crucial time.
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    1. David Huff on said:

      At 1,476 pages, I m pretty certain its the longest book I ve ever read and I was quite careful to not drop it on my foot or my face, while reading in bed It was a very impressive, and exhaustively detailed account of Kissinger s first 4 years in the Nixon administration, 1968 1972 So much went on in that time frame, and I see it with different eyes now than I did as a high school student during that same period You ll learn as much about Nixon, and many other world leaders of the era, as you do [...]

    2. Michael Locklear on said:

      This is the other book that I closed out last night the first was Jon Meacham s American Lion I was hoping, though lengthy, that Henry Kissinger s White House Years would be worth the time and effort But I decided last night to call it an end.I do believe that Dr Kissinger enjoys writing about his career that I could enjoy reading about it The farthest that I could drag myself was around page 150 In Meacham s book I only read the first hundred or so pages not nearly the 150 that I mentioned in [...]

    3. Meihan Liu on said:

      Noticed that someone rated it two stars saying that it s a five star book as far as historic record but for regular folk a 2 star endeavor Well, that s the very reason why that there are extraordinary people like the author of this book living the most exciting life one can ever imagine and making history of the human race during one of the most exciting periods of human history, and there are regular folks writing reviews that make no sense and yet still questioning the wisdom or legacy of the [...]

    4. Shelley on said:

      Ok so this is how you write a 1400 page book without wasting people s time.

    5. Bill Manzi on said:

      This book, due to length and level of detail, will not be for everyone But it is a vitally important work for those who want to understand some of the critical foreign policy events in American history This book deals with Kissinger s tenure as Richard Nixon s National Security Advisor from 1969 1972, and is the first volume of his memoirs An astounding amount of history is compressed into that time period, including the Nixon opening to China, the intractable problems of the Middle East, with s [...]

    6. Aaron Million on said:

      Wow reading this book felt like I was taking a graduate level college course on American foreign policy and diplomacy A massive tome by Kissinger, one of the heavyweights of the Nixon and Ford Administrations Incredibly, the 1,476 pages only takes the reader up the end of the first four years of his tenure as National Security Advisor I liked how Kissinger divided this book up by year but within the year by subject matter or, specifically for this venture, by country He deftly moves between try [...]

    7. John Harder on said:

      The White House Years is an excruciatingly detailed memoir of Kissinger s statecraft from 1969 to 1973 This book is an invaluable resource, recounting our opening of China, the Vietnam peace talks and the Indo Pakistan war However if you are not a scholar of diplomacy I most assuredly am not , I question if one s time might be better spent than wading through 1,400 pages or relatively dry stuff This is a 5 star book as far as historical record, but for regular folk it is a 2 star endeavor.

    8. Genevieve Monette on said:

      Read that book in US history in college You can read it like a novel

    9. Dale on said:

      Reading Kissinger s three memoirs was perfect to reflect 45 years Also it is a great way to evaluate today s paradigms to our paradigms of 45 years ago Also reading his first memoir 1968 1972 last gives one a real different perspective Everyone should read this now You might learn something that our media tells us different today.

    10. Liedzeit on said:

      To be honest, I do not remember much about this book, except that I was rather proud of reading about one of our guys who has made it in the US And I remember that he was a fan of F rth I respect Christopher Hitchens but chose to have some doubts about his view about the man.

    11. Martti Kahra on said:

      This book is hands down the best book I have read so far Granted, its not made for everybody But I m a sucker for political memoirs and I m especially fascinated by Kissinger and the time period he describes Reading this book you almost feel as if you were Kissinger s close associate examining documents, preparing for meetings and negotiations, and best of all, listening to Dr Kissinger s extensively thought out logic and reasoning at every turn Reading this book you really gain a feel for what [...]

    12. Arnold on said:

      Like him or loathe him he was still one of the great di0plomatic and strategic thinkers of the 20th century or almost any century Sometimes struggles with the delicacies of the English language and can perhaps never completely live down his years with Richard Nixon at the White House and some of the most egregious political crimes committed around the world by any administration But the book is an absolute must for any student of modern politics

    13. Jeff Keehr on said:

      I slogged through this tome because I wanted to know what it was like to live at that level This man made decisions that affected millions of lives and he did it with amazing discipline and intelligence I know he is vilified as a war criminal in many circles And of course he was not going to reveal any malice in his own retelling of his actions But as pure history it is fascinating.

    14. Mirosław Aleksander on said:

      Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Tom Lehrer

    15. Jonnie Enloe on said:

      Like all his books, be prepared to get out your dictionary It is not an objective book It is a Kissinger Book from his vantage point Still and excellent read.

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