I've made a mental note after reading this book to not read something else from him ever again. Personally, having lived in Chile for 3 years and becoming acquainted with many Chileans whose families suffered deeply during the military coup in 1973, I had not known of the Kissinger connection. Any reader looking for a powerful insight into the shaping of politics in the 1960s and 70s need look no further than this biography to extract scores of concrete examples about America's role in shaping the Cold War world and steering it away from the communistic clutches of the Soviets. Kissinger was born in Fuerth, Germany, on May 27, 1923, came to the United States in 1938, and was naturalised a United States citizen on June 19, 1943. . Celebrity - The Secret Life of the World's Least Likely Sex Symbol 18. Kissinger's brilliant academic foundation led to megalomaniacal tendencies, fostered by his superiority sentiment.
Returning to the wonderful world of political biographies, I chose to tackle another of Walter Isaacson's collection, looking at Henry Kissinger. At other times it was the driest most detailed book I've ever read. Nixon turned to Kissinger to diffuse many of the world events in which America had a vested interest. One concrete example of this come in the secret mission to open up ties with China in 1971. Kissinger explores the relationship between this complex man's personality and the foreign policy he pursued. An exceedingly thorough biography of a very interesting man.
He was responsible for the resumption of diplomatic relations between and the United States, severed since 1967. Kissinger was seen to be long-winded and somewhat of a diplomatic bouncer for world leaders who hoped to bend Nixon's ear on issue. Kissinger's Empire - The Boss's Power and How He Operated 11. In March 2017, Isaacson launched a with called Trailblazers, which focuses on technology's effects on business. On October 24, 2011, , Isaacson's of 's Jobs, was published by , only several weeks after Jobs' death.
Walter Isaacson is an excellent writer, with the ability to be historically accurate, tell a good story, and provide reasoned and thoughtful analysis about the subject he is writing about. However, once Kissinger became Secretary of State, he utilised the Yom Kippur War to open a dialogue between Israel and Egypt, paving the way to successful advancements in the Middle East. On the other hand, his personal insecurity and scheming made him a toxic person to work with, and his amoral approach to international relations led to some extremely unfortunate outcomes. Kissinger would often fly from Egypt to Israel to Syria or elsewhere and back again as he worked to help develop agreements to secure peace. The book is quite long, but the stories of his years of diplomacy require a fair amount of context and elaboration to have much value, so its length may be necessary. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest award given to a civilian nonmember of a military, police, or fire-fighting unit , in 1977. One shouldn't understate his actual achievements.
This also included a visit to the Communist General Secretary's dacha and a hydroplane ride. I still can't get over how much detail is in this book. Isaacson is also a of England. In 2015, he was appointed to the board of My Brother's Keeper Alliance, which seeks to carry out President Obama's anti-poverty and youth opportunity initiatives. He was promoted to professor in 1962. I do not recommend choosing the audiobook. I have given , and , all by Walter Isaacson, four stars.
The title of Isaacson's lecture was He has honorary degrees from , , , , , , Hunter College , , , , and , where the school of media and communications is named after him. Kissinger's statesman abilities surpass many of those who served as Secretary in America's history. Yet Kissinger was also reviled by large segments of the American public, ranging from liberal intellectuals to conservative activists. That book took forever to finish. Kissinger was more than an academic, spouting the textbook approach to resolution in his realist perspective, which Isaacson cites throughout.
After taking a thorough examination of the book, including Isaacson's sentiments in the forewards offered, it is hard to determine Isaacson's tilt on the man. He leapfrogged into graduate studies and eventually earned a doctoral degree with a dissertation examining the post-Napoleonic organisation of Europe through the role that Klemens von Metternich the Austrian Empire's foreign minister played in sewing up diplomatic relations, which would prove highly useful in understanding the world's development during the Cold War years. White House Photo Although he originally advocated a hard-line policy in and helped engineer the U. While handling statesman roles during Nixon's first administration, Kissinger could work in any sphere, save for those of a Middle East capacity at least until crowned as Secretary of State in 1973. My conclusion Kissinger was a flawed man who did great things.
This person at the center of American history was in an important way, not of our kind. I gave up on it because I need to focus on more tangible, practical information but before doing this, I've finished 10 or 11 of such books. Walter Isaacson's biogarphy helps to put the man in perspective, and though Kissinger doesn't quite come out here as an an angel of peace and mercy, his accomplishments as a statesman get equal footing with his shortcomings as a decent human being and po My impression of Henry Kissinger has long been that he was an incredibly manipulative and cold man who conducted foreign policy with a ruthless disregard for morality. Does the electronic version of the book completely replace the paper version? Sideshow by William Shawcross that I read recently only reinforced that view. This all began to unravel in dealings in Africa most famously in Angola and Rhodeshia. He is the University Professor of History at.
I have held the opinion that Kissinger was one of the most effective Secretaries of State and Foreign policy experts America has ever produced. At times, the author seems overly critical of Kissinger, and at other times his criticism is warranted. This is a book of non-fiction with numerous academic and political terms that are often not clarified. Fully cooperated, more than 24 formal interviews. Exit - Not with a Bang but a Whimper 32. Kissinger's towering intellect, combined with his charm and wit made him an incredibly effective diplomat.
One of the most detailed biographies I have ever read, Isaacson goes above and beyond to bring Kissinger to life. He also served as a consultant on security matters to various U. To cite this document, always state the source as shown above. Kissinger had an instinctive feel. Description: 893 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm Contents: 1. It's not a piece of rhetoric, not a metaphor, it's a job description. Written in 1992, Isaacson was able to interview many of the major players including both Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford who worked with Kissinger while he was in office National Security Adviser and then Secretary of State.