Kissinger on Kissinger: Reflections on Diplomacy, Grand Strategy, and Leadership

Kissinger on Kissinger: Reflections on Diplomacy, Grand Strategy, and Leadership

by Winston Lord, Henry Kissinger


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In a series of riveting interviews, America's senior statesman discusses the challenges of directing foreign policy during times of great global tension.

As National Security Advisor to Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger transformed America's approach to diplomacy with China, the USSR, Vietnam, and the Middle East, laying the foundations for geopolitics as we know them today.

Nearly fifty years later, escalating tensions between the US, China, and Russia are threatening a swift return to the same diplomatic game of tug-of-war that Kissinger played so masterfully. Kissinger on Kissinger is a series of faithfully transcribed interviews conducted by the elder statesman's longtime associate, Winston Lord, which captures Kissinger's thoughts on the specific challenges that he faced during his tenure as NSA, his general advice on leadership and international relations, and stunning portraits of the larger-than-life world leaders of the era. The result is a frank and well-informed overview of US foreign policy in the first half of the 70s—essential reading for anyone hoping to understand tomorrow's global challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250219442
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 100,873
Product dimensions: 5.87(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

HENRY KISSINGER served as Secretary of State and National Security Advisor in the Nixon and Ford Administrations. He has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As special assistant to the National Security Advisor and director of the State Department Policy Planning Staff, WINSTON LORD was at KISSINGER's side for all of his major diplomatic adventures. He later served as ambassador to China, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs. LORD is currently Chair Emeritus of the International Rescue Committee.

Table of Contents

Introduction Henry A. Kissinger ix

Foreword xiii

1 Statesmanship 1

2 Setting the Scene 12

3 Opening to China 25

4 The Nixon-Mao Summit 40

5 Seeking Stability with the Soviet Union 51

6 Searching for Peace in Vietnam 65

7 Breakthrough and the Paris Accords 75

8 Initial Advances in the Middle East 88

9 Negotiating Styles and Personal Profiles 101

10 The Foreign Policy Process 116

11 Strategy 130

Acknowledgments 139

Index 141

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Kissinger on Kissinger: Reflections on Diplomacy, Grand Strategy, and Leadership 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Boohimdanno 3 months ago
This is a very short read for a man who transformed diplomacy in a cold war area. Henry Kissinger gives a insight into the world he created during a time of political unrest. Kissinger has an amazing understand of history and how the world painted him in history books. The book is written as though it is a interview with topics and questions he answers and reflect on. Henry Kissinger is a man of man talents and at the time he was able to use those abilities to create and direct a world or guide the world as he saw it needed to be. Winston Lord was very open and honest at the beginning of the book allow readers to know what he went though interview the 90 + year old the great Henry Kissinger. This is a simple short oral report on the history of the many events Kissinger to part in. Thank you to the Publisher All Point Books and Netgalley for the advance copy of Henry Kissinger Kissinger n Kissinger
PageJunkie 21 days ago
I was an adolescent when the events discussed in this book occurred. I remember that all of these things were happening, but I could not understand the significance of them at the time. Kissinger on Kissinger has helped me to better understand not only what was happening in the world, but why these agreements that he and President Nixon accomplished were so important for the peace and economy of the world not only then but for today as well. I didn’t realize to what extent the negotiations with China and the Soviet Union were intertwined until I read this series of interviews. Nor did I understand the links to which the US went in there if it’s to establish negotiations with the China that was then completely isolated from the rest of the world in terms of economy and foreign policy. It also gave me insight as to how much the way in which we now approach foreign policy has changed. I found this book fascinating from the first word to the last. Thank you to Net Galley and All Points Books one advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.