The Flawed Architect: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy

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Oxford University Press, 9 בספט׳ 2004 - 576 עמודים
Henry Kissinger dominated American foreign relations like no other figure in recent history. He negotiated an end to American involvement in the Vietnam War, opened relations with Communist China, and orchestrated détente with the Soviet Union. Yet he is also the man behind the secret bombing of Cambodia and policies leading to the overthrow of Chile's President Salvador Allende. Which is more accurate, the picture of Kissinger the skilled diplomat or Kissinger the war criminal? In The Flawed Architect, the first major reassessment of Kissinger in over a decade, historian Jussi Hanhimaki paints a subtle, carefully composed portrait of America's most famous and infamous statesman. Drawing on extensive research from newly declassified files, the author follows Kissinger from his beginnings in the Nixon administration up to the current controversy fed by Christopher Hitchens over whether Kissinger is a war criminal. Hanhimaki guides the reader through White House power struggles and debates behind the Cambodia and Laos invasions, the search for a strategy in Vietnam, the breakthrough with China, and the unfolding of Soviet-American detente. Here, too, are many other international crises of the period--the Indo-Pakistani War, the Yom Kippur War, the Angolan civil war--all set against the backdrop of Watergate. Along the way, Hanhimaki sheds light on Kissinger's personal flaws--he was obsessed with secrecy and bureaucratic infighting in an administration that self-destructed in its abuse of power--as well as his great strengths as a diplomat. We see Kissinger negotiating, threatening and joking with virtually all of the key foreign leaders of the 1970s, from Mao to Brezhnev and Anwar Sadat to Golda Meir. This well researched account brings to life the complex nature of American foreign policymaking during the Kissinger years. It will be the standard work on Kissinger for years to come.
 

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Henry Kissinger served concurrently as national security adviser and secretary of state during the Nixon and Ford administrations (1969-1977). He practiced a realist approach to all contemporary ... קרא סקירה מלאה

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1 The Aspiring Statesman
1
2 Kissinger Nixon and the Challenges of 69
17
3 Bombs and Back Channels
32
4 Progress and Promise
55
5 Negotiating in the Shadow of War
68
6 Crises and Opportunities
92
7 Breakthroughs
116
Triangular Diplomacy and the IndoPakistani War
154
The October War and Shuttle Diplomacy
302
Watergate Kissinger and Foreign Policy
332
16 Renewal? Ford Vladivostok and Kissinger
359
Exit from Vietnam
382
Angola and East Timor
399
Kissinger and the Marathon of 1976
427
20 The Chairman On Trial
457
The Flawed Architect
485

9 The Week That Changed the World
185
Triangulation Moscow and Vietnam
201
11 Exiting Vietnam
228
12 Highs and Lows
260
13 Secretary of State
291

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Jussi Hanhimaki is Professor of International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. An editor of the journal Cold War History, he is the author or co-author of five books, and won the 2002 Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

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