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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, the New York Times bestselling 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
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
David Huff
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At 1,476 pages, I'm pretty certain its the longest book I've ever read --- and I was quite careful to not drop it on my foot (or my face, while reading in bed). It was a very impressive, and exhaustively detailed account of Kissinger's first 4 years in the Nixon administration, 1968-1972. So much went on in that time frame, and I see it with different eyes now than I did as a high school student during that same period. You'll learn as much about Nixon, and many other world leaders of the era, a ...more
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
Meihan Liu
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Noticed that someone rated it two stars saying that "it's a five star book as far as historic record but for regular folk a 2-star endeavor. " Well, that's the very reason why that there are extraordinary people like the author of this book living the most exciting life one can ever imagine and making history of the human race during one of the most exciting periods of human history, and there are regular folks writing reviews that make no sense and yet still questioning the wisdom or legacy of ...more
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.
Bill Manzi
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
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
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.
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 ١٩٧٠. يبقى أن الكتاب مليء بالتفاصيل، وفيه بعض الأجزاء حول حرب الاستزاف (حرب عصابات كما سماها كيسنجر) وعن الوضع في الدول العربية المحيطة بإسرائيل.
Genevieve Monette
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Read that book in US history in college. You can read it like a novel!!
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Kissinger's three memoirs was perfect to reflect 45 years. Also it is a great way to evaluate today's paradigms to our paradigms of 45 years ago. Also reading his first memoir (1968-1972) last gives one a real different perspective.

Everyone should read this now. You might learn something that our media tells us different today.
Badr Aleissa
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بغض النظر عن السياسة الامريكية وعن معتقدات الشخص ...المذكرات مفيدة بدعم بعض الحقاىق المغيبة ..لنقل وجهة نظر اخرى
Martti Kahra
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is hands down the best book I have read so far. Granted, its not made for everybody. But I'm a sucker for political memoirs and I'm especially fascinated by Kissinger and the time period he describes.

Reading this book you almost feel as if you were Kissinger's close associate; examining documents, preparing for meetings and negotiations, and best of all, listening to Dr. Kissinger's extensively thought out logic and reasoning at every turn. Reading this book you really gain a feel for
Hend mostafa
فى البداية الساسة الاوروبين والامريكيين لا يختلفوا كتيرا عن بعض خصوصا فى الفترة اللى سماها كيسنجر عهد ناصر اذا لم تكن معناوفى ركبنا ستصبح متطرف متعصب راديكالى
وبالطبع الثناء سيكون للساسة اكثر قربا من الولايات المتحدة مثل الملك حسين اللى اثنى علية اكثر من مرة ووصفة بالشجاعة وكذلك عند ذكر السادات وصفة بالكبير ,, لا اعلم عنة الشجاعة ما جمع كسينجر وحسين الانتهازية فالشخصيين مطابقين تماما فــ ثناء كسينجر والمواقف التى اتخذها الجانبين للحفاظ على بقائة فى السلطة اثناءاحداث ايلول الاسود واوشك الامر على
Dec 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
Jeff Keehr
I slogged through this tome because I wanted to know what it was like to live at that level. This man made decisions that affected millions of lives and he did it with amazing discipline and intelligence. I know he is vilified as a war criminal in many circles. And of course he was not going to reveal any malice in his own retelling of his actions. But as pure history it is fascinating.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Long and not a great read, I abandoned
Mirosław Aleksander
Aug 13, 2016 marked it as partially-read
"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize."
Tom Lehrer
Mohmmed Ameen
الكتاب بإختصار مفيدا جداً لطلبة العلوم السياسية وخاصة المتخصصين في العلاقات الدولية
Yehia Hassan
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب مهم للمهتمين بالسياسة الأمريكية
Burt Schoeppe
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very in-depth. The longest book I have ever read.

Jonnie Enloe
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Richard Lin
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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