Books by Henry Kissinger

ON CHINA by Henry Kissinger
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Released: May 17, 2011

"Sage words and critical perspective lent by a significant participant in historical events."
From the eminent elder statesman, an astute appraisal on Chinese diplomacy from ancient times to the fraught present "strategic trust" with the United States. Read full book review >
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Released: June 14, 2001

"Richly opinionated and controversial: a strong addition to the contemporary debate over America's direction in the new century."
The question is rhetorical: this is Henry ("Have foreign policy, will travel") Kissinger, after all. Here, he takes America to task for its lack of vision in foreign policy, and maps the playing field for diplomatic consideration. Read full book review >
YEARS OF RENEWAL by Henry Kissinger
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Released: March 1, 1999

With this volume Kissinger concludes what may be the greatest memoir ever written by an American statesman (White House Years, 1979; Years of Upheaval, 1982). Read full book review >

DIPLOMACY by Henry Kissinger
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Released: April 18, 1994

The Nobel laureate and former national security advisor and secretary of state (Years of Upheaval, 1982, etc.) presents an engrossing and monumental (in every sense) historical survey of diplomacy from the 17th century to the present. Kissinger begins his narrative after the Peace of Westphalia (1648), when militarily ascendant France strove for dominance on the continent, preventing the fragmented German states from coalescing into a major power. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1985

"But until the next issue of Foreign Affairs arrives, this collection will substitute quite well."
A collection of diplomatic opinions from this latter-day Metternich, culled from lectures, essays, and interviews during the period 1982-1984. Read full book review >
YEARS OF UPHEAVAL by Henry Kissinger
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Released: March 25, 1982

"Myth-making and self-justifying on a grand scale—but with fewer momentous happenings than in volume one."
Part two of the Kissinger memoirs begins with his appointment as Secretary of State, in September 1973, and ends with Nixon's resignation, in August 1974. Read full book review >
FOR THE RECORD by Henry Kissinger
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Released: Jan. 30, 1980

"But it will do, as the title suggests, for the record."
As if he knew something we didn't, former Secretary of State Kissinger has chosen to come out with a collection of "statements"—interviews and speeches—from his recent years out of office. Read full book review >
WHITE HOUSE YEARS by Henry Kissinger
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Released: Oct. 23, 1979

"For those not snowed by the erudition and charm, then, this is a fundamentally important book."
The long-awaited first installment of Henry's History has finally arrived and, advertising hype aside, it is an event. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"The significance of these speeches for an understanding of Kissinger's tenure may change with time, but at the moment, just six months after his departure, they already form an illuminating counterpoint to his actions."
When the second edition of this book appeared in 1974 (it was first published in 1969), Henry Kissinger had only recently become Secretary of State. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1969

"Doubtless a great many readers will make the effort."
Straws in the crosswinds: the essay on the Vietnam conferences in Paris probably has greater interest than the ones on problems of domestic and international "structures" in general. Read full book review >
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Released: April 26, 1965

"For the astute in international affairs this is a provocative study by Harvard's military analyst."
This is the first of the twelve volume AtLantic Policy Studies being sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations. Read full book review >
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Released: Jan. 6, 1960

"Unquestionably the book is an important one but it is probably not for general readership."
Henry Kissinger is Associate Professor of Government at Harvard and Executive Director of the Harvard International Seminar. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 1957

"The captious may say the style is plodding and perhaps unduly calculating but for the student of history and politics, this book will be truly a feast."
The period- 1812-1822- was marked by the diplomatic wizardry of Metternich, Talleyrand and Castlereagh, who reached their apotheosis at the Congress of Vienna; Napoleonic rule and the French Revolution had ended; the great powers of Europe, Russia, Prussia, Austria, France England- were in a turmoil of realignments, and with each seeking a stabilization to its own best advantage. Read full book review >