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Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist

by Niall Ferguson

12th October 2015 - 377 days ago

Antifragile: How to Live in a World We Don't UnderstandNo American statesman has been as revered or as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Once hailed as “Super K” - the “indispensable man” whose advice has been sought by every president from Kennedy to Obama - he has also been hounded by conspiracy theorists, scouring his every “telcon” for evidence of Machiavellian malfeasance.

Yet as Niall Ferguson shows in this magisterial two-volume biography, drawing not only on Kissinger’s hitherto closed private papers but also on documents from more than a hundred archives around the world, the idea of Kissinger as the ruthless arch-realist is based on a profound misunderstanding.

Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson MA, D.Phil.

Renowned Expert on Geopolitics and the Global Economy

The Idealist is the story of one of the most important strategic thinkers America has ever produced. It is also a political Bildungsroman, explaining how “Dr. Strangelove” ended up as consigliere to a politician he had always abhorred. Like Ferguson’s classic two-volume history of the House of Rothschild, Kissinger sheds dazzling new light on an entire era. The essential account of an extraordinary life, it recasts the Cold War world.

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