Kissinger Vol 1 The Idealist 1923 1968 review ´ 103

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Kissinger Vol 1 The Idealist 1923 1968 review ´ 103 î 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 “Sential 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 Nixon’s national security adviser was astonishing in its own right Toiling as a teen in a New York factory he studied indefatigably at night He was drafted into the infantry 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 the diplomacy of Metternich he shot to celebrity by arg. This book at 1008 pages is now my personal record for the longest non fiction book I've ever read Longest ever is Stephen King's IT just eking out a victory by less than 100 pagesDespite how much there is to know about American foreign policy particularly in the 1950s and 1960s I feel this book thoroughly clears up a tremendous amount of information on the matter Henry Kissinger is one of the single most important diplomats in recent American history and Ferguson presents a thorough examination of his life philosophies and choices The mere fact that Ferguson spent 10 years researching and writing this book shows as clear a picture of Kissinger first 45 years as has ever been publishedWell balanced and researched throughout Challenging and enlightening I recommend this to anyone looking for a challenge

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Uing 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 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's also a political Bildungsroman explaining how “Dr Strangelove” ended up as consigliere to a politician he'd always abhorred Like Ferguson’s classic 2 volume history of the House of Rothschild Kissinger sheds new light on an entire era The essential account of an extraordinary life it recasts the Cold War world. Excepting perhaps the current POTUS no recent statesman can provoke a bar fight faster than Henry Kissinger former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State in the Nixon and Ford administrations He supposedly represented the apotheosis of realpolitik in American foreign affairs but Niall Ferguson's superb biography of Kissinger's formative years in the US Army and as an academic at Harvard emphasizes his devotion to the principles of freedom and representative government I eagerly look forward to his future volume

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Kissinger Vol 1 The Idealist 1923 1968No 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 2 volume biography drawing not only on Kissinger’s hitherto closed private papers but also on documents from 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 uintes. This book's greatest strength was also its weakness Ferguson is a master of historical detail weaving discordant threads of things together to paint a coherent picture Reading this I feel like I learned a ton about the United States in the early and middle stages of the Cold War The only problem is that I felt like as a biography I lost the subject in the haze Ferguson vividly paints Kissinger's upbringing military career during and after the war and Harvard years But after this initial formation Kissinger seems lost in a haze of details Ferguson is clear that he wants to avoid psychologizing or hagiography but it's never clear exactly what Ferguson is trying to do with his subject other than inserting him into a general history of the period Still a worthwhile book for combatting common misperceptions of Henry Kissinger As official biographies go Ferguson would benefit from studying the way the late Martin Gilbert his fellow Maudlin college professor placed the subject in the foreground first and foremost even in dealing with daunting amounts of detail Overall a good if often saturated reading experience