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White House Years

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Kissinger’s invaluable and lasting contribution to the history of this crucial time. One of the most important books to come out of the Nixon Administration, White House Years covers Henry Kissinger’s first four years (1969–1973) as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

Among the momentous events recounted in this first vol
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ebook, 1521 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 1979)
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Yazeed AlMogren
كتاب سياسي وليس شخصي يحكي عن الحوادث السياسية في الحرب الباردة وكيف كان وزير الخارجية الأمريكي هنري كيسنجر يتعامل مع تلك الأحداث، أعتقد مفيد لمن يريد إجراء بحوث أو لمن يشغر وظيفة دبلوماسية
Michael Locklear
This is the other book that I closed-out last night (the first was Jon Meacham's "American Lion"). I was hoping, though lengthy, that Henry Kissinger's "White House Years" would be worth the time and effort. But I decided last night to call it an end.
I do believe that Dr. Kissinger enjoys writing about his career more that I could enjoy reading about it. The farthest that I could drag myself was around page 150. (In Meacham's book I only read the first hundred or so pages; not nearly the 150
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John Harder
The White House Years is an excruciatingly detailed memoir of Kissinger’s statecraft from 1969 to 1973. This book is an invaluable resource, recounting our opening of China, the Vietnam peace talks and the Indo-Pakistan war. However if you are not a scholar of diplomacy (I most assuredly am not), I question if one’s time might be better spent than wading through 1,400 pages or relatively dry stuff. This is a 5 star book as far as historical record, but for regular folk it is a 2 star endeavor.
muaad alqaydy
"الساسة الغرب لا يعنون ما يقولون في تصريحاتهم، وحين يعنونه ، يطبقونه بطريقة تجعل ما قالوه لا علاقة له بما طبقوه"
هذا ما أوحت به مذكرات هذا الثعب بارد القلب
الكثير من التفكير السياسي والكثير من الصراحة والكثير من المعلومات عن كيف يُتخذ القرار الأمريكي ، وشخصية هذا الرجل الطموح المغرور ، خريج هارفارد والباحث عن السلطة بقلبه وعقله .. ولعب توازنات القوى .. والسياسات الخلفية التي لا يعرف حقيقتها إلا بعد زمن.
يوسف محمود
قرأت المذكرات بحثًا عن وجهة النظر الأخرى حول حرب أكتوبر.. لكن الجزء الأول لم يصل إلى وقت الحرب، وآخر ما فيه كان في سنة . يبقى أن الكتاب مليء بالتفاصيل، وفيه بعض الأجزاء حول حرب الاستزاف (حرب عصابات كما سماها كيسنجر) وعن الوضع في الدول العربية المحيطة بإسرائيل. ...more
Bill Manzi
This book, due to length and level of detail, will not be for everyone. But it is a vitally important work for those who want to understand some of the critical foreign policy events in American history. This book deals with Kissinger's tenure as Richard Nixon's National Security Advisor from 1969-1972, and is the first volume of his memoirs. An astounding amount of history is compressed into that time period, including the Nixon opening to China, the intractable problems of the Middle East, wit ...more
Aaron Million
Wow - reading this book felt like I was taking a graduate-level college course on American foreign policy and diplomacy. A massive tome by Kissinger, one of the heavyweights of the Nixon and Ford Administrations. Incredibly, the 1,476 pages only takes the reader up the end of the first four years of his tenure as National Security Advisor.

I liked how Kissinger divided this book up: by year but - within the year - by subject matter (or, more specifically for this venture, by country). He deftly
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Arnold
Like him or loathe him he was still one of the great di0plomatic and strategic thinkers of the 20th century or almost any century. Sometimes struggles with the delicacies of the English language and can perhaps never completely live down his years with Richard Nixon at the White House and some of the most egregious political crimes committed around the world by any administration. But the book is an absolute must for any student of modern politics
Jonnie Enloe
Like all his books, be prepared to get out your dictionary. It is not an objective book. It is a Kissinger Book from his vantage point. Still and excellent read.
Enko Khurlee
Too much details and too long. Otherwise it was valuable insight for what goes inside the beltway.
Genevieve Monette
Read that book in US history in college. You can read it like a novel!!
Burt Schoeppe
Very in-depth. The longest book I have ever read.

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Long and not a great read, I abandoned
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on page 700 something.....
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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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