Kissinger's Shadow

Kissinger's Shadow

The Long Reach of America's Most Controversial Statesman

Book - 2015
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Based on recently declassified documents and Henry Kissinger's own writings, an acclaimed historian explains how the former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State became the architect of America's imperial stance and influenced the neoconservatives behind the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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A new account of America's most controversial diplomat that moves beyond praise or condemnation to reveal Kissinger as the architect of America's current imperial stance

In his fascinating new book Kissinger's Shadow, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin argues that to understand the crisis of contemporary America—its never-ending wars abroad and political polarization at home—we have to understand Henry Kissinger.

Examining Kissinger's own writings, as well as a wealth of newly declassified documents, Grandin reveals how Richard Nixon's top foreign policy advisor, even as he was presiding over defeat in Vietnam and a disastrous, secret, and illegal war in Cambodia, was helping to revive a militarized version of American exceptionalism centered on an imperial presidency. Believing that reality could be bent to his will, insisting that intuition is more important in determining policy than hard facts, and vowing that past mistakes should never hinder future bold action, Kissinger anticipated, even enabled, the ascendance of the neoconservative idealists who took America into crippling wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Going beyond accounts focusing either on Kissinger's crimes or accomplishments, Grandin offers a compelling new interpretation of the diplomat's continuing influence on how the United States views its role in the world.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2015
New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627794503
Branch Call Number: 327.209 GRA 2015
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 29, 2015

I believe Prof. Grandin is the greatest thing to come out of NYU since Prof. Stanley Milgram [degrees of separation, flash mob, obey authority, et cetera]. My only possible criticism would be his scholarly restraint [every five minutes I would be screaming bloody murderer with the mention of Kissinger's name]!
An evil, evil individual, whose early years at Harvard were marked by fraudulently tipping off the FBI to his competition there, claiming they were commies - - Henry's contact at the FBI was Mark Felt, who would later claim to be Deep Throat [now how do you suppose Felt came by all his information???]. Henry!!!!!


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