White House Years Hardcover – 1 Jan 1979
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Henry Kissinger's monumental account of his years at the summit of American and world political power .
About the Author
Born in Germany in 1923, Henry Kissinger emigrated to the United States in 1938. After teaching at Harvard University he served as Assistant to the President for National Security 1969-1975 and as Secretary of State 1973-1977. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973.
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If ‘White House Years’ is any guide – a 1476 page appetiser for his ‘Years of Upheaval’ and ‘Years of Renewal’ - Henry Kissinger has a lot not to be humble about.
Take first his surprising ability to surprise. For ‘WHY’ is shockingly lucid – none of his verbal Mittel-Europaisch croke carries over to his written word. Rather, his pen portraits of his peers [and above] and his surroundings are arguably without, well, peer among memoirists. And he’s funny; really! Here he is at the “revolutionary” opera in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, 22 October 1971: “an art form of truly stupefying boredom in which villains were the incarnation of evil and wore black, good guys wore red, and as far as I could make out the girl fell in love with a tractor.” He’s also – are you sitting down? – an optimist, even an idealist. “For other nations utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is no farther than the intensity of their commitment.” For Kissinger America’s “blemishes…could not obscure … its greatness, its idealism, its humanity, and its embodiment of mankind’s hopes.” Hardly the Dr Strangelove he’s been [cheaply] caricatured as in the mainstream media.
Marry these surprises with more predictable achievements and you’ll see why ‘WHY’ is a consummated gem. True, it is compendious, with a character roster rivalling War & Peace. But the plot is better – ‘stuff happens’ on every page, but here it’s for real, but not perhaps how most armchair observers of 1968-1973 think or wish it. And Kissinger could not make up the main characters: De Gaulle, Indira Ghandi, Cho En Lai, Le Duc Tho [“Ducky”], Mao, Brezhnev, and above all, Nixon.Read more ›
Kissinger in this volume, and I assume in his other two volumes also looks back on his time in the White House from a historians perspective, constantly picking apart some points and analysing them until I presume he went blue in the face. Being a history student myself I find this approach extremely satisfying as I feel that if Kissinger had just loaded this book with political jargon, of which there is a great deal nontheless, it would have made for a dry read and I would have lost interest quickly. Whoever, as stated, I feel Kissinger has looked at this from a historians viewpoint and his analysis is second to none.Read more ›