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a history and a polemic,
This review is from: Diplomacy (Paperback)
A casual reader would be advised to consult the likes of E.H. Carr for an introduction to realist foreign policy before reading 'Diplomacy', as Kissinger assumes a lot of prior knowledge on the reader's part. Nevertheless, this is a commanding account of what Kissinger perceives to be the virtues of realism and the failures of liberalism since the Treaty of Westphalia. The focus on Vietnam is welcome given the author's direct involvement as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, but he predictably overstates the success of the policies pursued by himself and Nixon.