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The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House

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Paperback, 700 pages
Published May 28th 1984 by Summit Books (first published 1983)
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Simon Wood
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing

One has to admire Hersh for his forensic appraisal of Henry Kissingers time at the helm of President Nixons National Security Council (NSC). One of those astonishing facts is that some still have a high regard for the wisdom of Henry Kissinger; one has to only type his name into the search box on Amazon to read rave reviews for some of his writings. Anyone who has a tendency in that direction would be well advised to read through the 600 tightly written pages of "Ki
Erik Graff
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
This is a well-documented, exhaustive overview of the crimes, legal and moral, committed by Henry Kissinger while serving in the Nixon White House as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. To read it is to be ashamed to be a citizen of the United States of America.
Christopher Saunders
This formidable, voluminous indictment of Richard Nixon's foreign policy (and Henry Kissinger's role therein) still hasn't been bested. Hersh compiles a decade's worth of exhaustive research into a damning account of Nixon's power hunger, reworking the National Security Council into a personal fiefdom without recourse to government bureaucrats, meddlesome cabinet officials, professional diplomats or, indeed, anyone daring to dissent from the party line. Thus Nixon's able to undercut the Paris Pe ...more
Thomas Williams
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Exposé on Kissinger's toady relationship with "crazy man" Nixon. Incredible and dangerous way to make foreign policy.
Aaron Million
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-history
Petty. Back-stabbing. Selfish. Deceitful. Half-truths. Deliberate misinformation. Power. Glory. Paranoia. Secrecy. Misjudgments. Disrespect. Spying. Wiretapping. Illegalities. Leaks. Threats. All of these words describe what was going on in the Nixon White House, and with foreign policy as run by Henry Kissinger.

There were so many awful decisions that Kissinger made, and terrible things that he intentionally did to either hurt other people or make himself look better, that it is difficult to pi
Robert Stewart
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Almost two years reading this book on and off. Very rich in detail, but a bit hard to keep track of everything. A good read all the same. Very well researched.
Steve Horton
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hersh is amazing. I can not imagine how dogged he had to be to drag this information from the bowels of Library of Congress under the Freedom of Information Act. It really makes me wonder why Kissinger is held in such high esteem today, and why he is still relevant in today's politics. Remember Paul Bremmer, who single handedly set back our operations in Iraq 2 years? He worked for Kissinger and Associates when he was hired. Remember during the last presidential campaign, when McCain handlers ru ...more
May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I finished it and WOW, definitely worth reading. Makes me want to read more about these events.
Update; nearly finished and what a read! Toward the end, the level of detail (in particular on the SALT and Vietnam war treaty) gets a little beyond my level of interest, but it's just fascinating what went on. And we think the Bushies lied to us? Oh, no. You ain't seen nothing. Kissinger can't open his mouth without lying.
I'm a couple hundred pages into this and it's making my stomach turn what scum
Kamil Salamah
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very well written book; most extensive. The Nixon/ Kissinger American administration surely is one of the most corrupt and darkest periods in its history. How it managed to survive as long as it did is telling of the depth of its power to be in control. America was hijacked. The American people paid dearly. Neither truly were persecuted for their actions.
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
grew up in the '70's - always thought of Kissinger as brilliant - this bood really portrays him as power-hungry, sneaky, & backhanded - very interesting but can only absorb so much at one time - will probably take a month to read all 41 chapters.
Erick Njenga
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Got a bit tiring with all the unnecessary details :-(
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Seymour (Sy) Myron Hersh is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine on military and security matters. He has also won two National Magazine Awards and is a "five-time Polk winner and recipient of the 2004 George Orwell Award."

He first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 for exposing the