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This second volume of Henry Kissinger’s monumental memoirs covers his years as President Richard Nixon’s Secretary of State (1972–1974), including the ending of the Vietnam War, the 1973 Middle East War and oil embargo, Watergate, and Nixon’s resignation. Years of Upheaval opens with Dr. Kissinger being appointed Secretary of State. ...more
ebook, 1283 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 1979)
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Jonnie Enloe
You can only say so many things about Kissinger. He is a very learned, experienced man. His subjects are not to be taken lightly and are certainly not light reads. His books go on and on almost a minute by minute account of politics at the highest levels. If there is truly a man that knows everyone in the world, that matters, it is Kissinger. When he writes we are priviledged to be an evesdropper to contempary history as in happened in our lifetimes.
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Jan 03, 2010 Eric_W marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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“A critic who can suck like that, as was once dryly said by one of my moral mentors, need never dine alone. Nor need his subject. Except that, every now and then, the recipient (and donor) of so much sycophancy feels a tremor of anxiety. He leaves the well-furnished table and scurries to the bathroom.”

Christopher Hitchens referring to a review by Norman Podhoretz of Henry Kissinger’s second volume of memoirs. Harper’s, February 2000.
John Harder
I have to give this monster of a book only two stars. This is unfair in a way, but I think Dr. Kissinger’s ego can sustain the blow. As a historical reference Years of Upheaval is an indispensible resource. However, this could never be a popular history (a la David McCullough) for the layman -- 1,300 pages of the minutia involved in shuttle diplomacy is a bit of a slog.
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Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger) is a German-born American bureaucrat, diplomat, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the Richard Nixon administration. Kissinger emerged unscathed from the Watergate scandal, and maintained his powerful position when Gerald Ford became President.

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