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The White House Years

(Henry Kissinger's Memoirs #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  36 reviews
In this first volume of his memoirs, Dr Kissinger covers his first four years (1969-1973) as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs - and President Nixon's closest adviser on foreign policy. It is undoubtedly the most significant book to come out of the Nixon Administration. Among the countless great and critical moments Dr Kissinger recalls are his first ...more
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Published 1979 by Little Brown and Cmpany
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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
Meihan Liu
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.
Ok so this is how you write a 1400 page book without wasting people's time.
Bill Manzi
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Youssef Mahmoud
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
Shelves: history
Read that book in US history in college. You can read it like a novel!!
Brandon Hung
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This memoir was written before Kissinger setting up the consultancy firm that deals with sensitive geopolitical issues, so one is right to expect that this volume shall be free of conflict of interests with his clients, albeit always in a relative sense. Whether or not this memoir is more frank than other more recent publications by Kissinger, it is so common to observe his traits/convictions in foreign policy:

1) He regards human rights as a trivial issue and less important than maintaining bala
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auto-biography
To be honest, I do not remember much about this book, except that I was rather proud of reading about one of our guys who has made it in the US. And I remember that he was a fan of Fürth. - I respect Christopher Hitchens but chose to have some doubts about his view about the man.
Amr Elroby
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
واحد من اههم الكتب السياسة , لعراب السياسة الخارجية الامريكية فى فترة مهمة من الحرب الباردة , ان صح ان يتم تلخيص الكتباب فى جملة فهى ادارة السياسة باسلوب علمى
فصاحب المذكرات كان شغوف بتطبيق كل جديد حتى نظرية game theroy طبقها فى السياسة
عبدالرحمن عيد
لابد للإنسان من المجازفة في حالة الشدة.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whew, what an extraordinarily detailed epic tale. The detail is often fascinating as are the many backstories.
في هذا المجلد اعتراف صريح بالعصيان الفيتنامي وكيف استطاعت الدولة تحطيم هيبة اعظم قوة في العالم وغادرت امريكا تجر خيبتها
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
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
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
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Long and not a great read, I abandoned
Mirosław Aleksander
Aug 13, 2016 marked it as partially-read  ·  review of another edition
"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
يحيى عمر
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
Very in-depth. The longest book I have ever read.

Jonnie Enloe
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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