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Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist (Hardcover)

Niall Ferguson

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The definitive biography of Henry Kissinger based on unprecedented access to his private papers No American statesman has been as revered or as reviled as Henry Kissinger Once hailed as Super K the indispensable man whose advice has been sought by every president from Kennedy to Obama he has also been hounded by conspiracy theorists scouring his every telcon for evidence of Machiavellian malfeasance Yet as Niall Ferguson shows in this magisterial two volume biography drawing not only on Kissinger s hitherto closed private papers but also on documents from more than a hundred archives around the world the idea of Kissinger as the ruthless arch realist is based on a profound misunderstanding The first half of Kissinger s life is usually skimmed over as a quintessential tale of American ascent the Jewish refugee from Hitler s Germany who made it to the White House But in this first of two volumes Ferguson shows that what Kissinger achieved before his appointment as Richard Nixon s national security adviser was astonishing in its own right Toiling as a teenager in a New York factory he studied indefatigably at night He was drafted into the U S infantry and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge as well as the liberation of a concentration camp but ended his army career interrogating Nazis It was at Harvard that Kissinger found his vocation Having immersed himself in the philosophy of Kant and the diplomacy of Metternich he shot to celebrity by arguing for limited nuclear war Nelson Rockefeller hired him Kennedy called him to Camelot Yet Kissinger s rise was anything but irresistible Dogged by press gaffes and disappointed by Rocky Kissinger seemed stuck until a trip to Vietnam changed everything The Idealist is the story of one of the most important strategic thinkers America has ever produced It is also a political Bildungsroman explaining how Dr Strangelove ended up as consigliere to a politician he had always abhorred Like Ferguson s cl

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Niall Ferguson is one of the world's most renowned historians. He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, High Financier, Civilization, The Great Degeneration, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, and The Square and the Tower. He is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His many awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).

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