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White House Years Hardcover – 1 Jan 1979

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  • Hardcover: 1521 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First Edition edition (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718118685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718118686
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.5 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 798,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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“Not even my severest critics have accused me of excesses of humility.”

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.
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I, possibly like many others, may not have been entirely sold on Nixon and Kissinger's reign in the White House of just shy of 6 years due to the Cambodian bombing campaign undertaken by the Nixon administration. However, after reading a sizeable chunk of this book I cannot but help but completely alter my opinion of Kissinger and Nixon. Kissinger in this giant undertaking of a book (note, this is not for someone who wants a light read or suffers from loss of concentration easily) delves into the WHY of the various policies that were put to Nixon and how U.S foreign policy was conducted by the Nixon administration almost immediately after Nixon's inauguration, most notably, the Vietnam fiasco and trying to kick start negotiations and also the reasoning for arguably Kissinger's most controversial act, the bombing campaign of parts of Cambodia. The Cambodia issue is something that formed most of my opinion on Kissinger through reading other books. However, this book does address this to some extent and Kissinger seeks to answer why he and the U.S undertook this campaign in order to protect South Vietnam from the Viet Kong of the North.

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.
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Excellent book, with great detail of how the politics of the USA worked. Looking forward to reading his next volume
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