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Henry Kissinger and the American Century

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Suri offers a thought-provoking, interpretive study of one of the most influential and controversial political figures of the 20th century. Drawing ... Show synopsis

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ryefish

A remarkable book about a remarkable man!

by ryefish on Jul 17, 2007

In "Henry Kissinger and the American Century," Jeremi Suri has chronicled the political history of arguably one of the world's most brilliant personalities. Suri's book leaves out much of Kissinger's personal history, beyond his childhood in Weimar and Nazi Germany. "Henry Kissinger and the American Century" provides readers with the background necessary to understand the man and his policies. Henry Kissinger is a Cold War oracle, subject to the failings of the human condition as any of us, but arguably far more attuned to the strategic and political situation than anyone. Suri does not dodge logical criticisms and critics and provides a groundwork for understanding of Kissinger's philosophies. Reading the book, you might notice how just when you begin to forget Kissinger's German-Jewish childhood, Suri extols this fact in context. The book reveals Kissinger's innate ability to address both his genteel and gentile contemporaries. If any American in history ever leveraged their "outsider" status to the maximum, it was Kissinger. The book is full of exceptional quotes from Kissinger, his influences and his contemporaries that are no less relevant in the War on Terror than they were in the Cold War. REVIEW EVERY BOOK YOU READ!

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