Nixon and Kissinger
Unfortunately it was incredibly difficult to tell where thorough research left off and speculation began. There is brief biographical information for both Kissinger and Nixon (th...more
Armed with voluminous new source material, presidential historian Robert Dallek delivers a comprehensive view of a profoundly influential political duo. Because of their importance, very little in Nixon and Kissinger is new. But that doesn't deter reviewers from praising Dallek for this intelligent, wide-ranging synthesis. The author of the best-selling An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917?1963 (***1/2 Sept/Oct 2003) and a two-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson, Dallek details the personal...more
It felt really long. Obviously, it was long. But some long books feel short and some short books feel long. This book felt really long.
How in the world did we manage to elect a neurotic, insecure, narcissistic man like Nixon to the Presidency? Especially one who would work in close partnership with another thin-skinned neurotic, in Kissinger? Sure, Johnson was also a power hungry manipulator. But he wasn't actually mentally unstable the way that N...more
For non-Watergate junkies, this is a comprehensive recitation of the Nixon presidency....more
If you asked those same people to describe Henry Kissinger, they might mention his shuttle diplomacy and No...more
Two parts of the book are called "The Best of Times" and "The Worst of Times." Maybe the whole book could be called "A Tale of Two Scumbags."
Nixon and Kissinger played off each other. Both wanted the glory at whatever cost. Even the good things they pulled off (opening to China, detente with USSR) were done for their personal status more than anything else. They kept the Vietnam war going for at least two extra years (20,000 casualties) so ending it could provide maximum help in the...more
I won't read it again but I don't regret the year!
Also I think the author's scathing assessment of the administration's foreign policy has a liberal bias suggesting that some of the most complex issues they addressed might have been better left alone.
I'm glad I struggled through this one but I am not left with high regard for author, Dallek.