The White House Years, 1968-72 eBook ò House Years,

The White House Years, 1968-72 eBook ò House Years,

The White House Years, 1968-72 [Reading] ➸ The White House Years, 1968-72 By Henry Kissinger – 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 poli In this first volume of House Years, MOBI í his memoirs Dr Kissinger covers his The White MOBI :Ú first four years as Assistant to the President for National White House Years, PDF/EPUB ì 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 meeting with Nixon his secret trip to China the first SALT negotiation the Jordan crisis of the India Pakistan war of and the historic summit meetings in Peking and Moscow He covers the major controversies over Indochina policy during that period including events in Laos the overthrow of Cambodia's Prince Sihanouk his secret talks with the North Vietnamese in Paris his 'Peace is at hand' press conference and the breakdown of the talks that led to the 'Christmas bombing' of He offers his insight s into the Middle East conflicts Sadat's break with the Soviets the election of Salvador Allende in Chile issues of defense strategy and relations with Europe and JapanOther highlights are his relationship with Nixon brilliant portraits of major foreign leaders and his views as to the handling of crises and the art of diplomacy Few men have wielded as much influence in the arena of American foreign policy as Henry Kissinger This record makes an invaluable and lasting contribution to the history of this crucial time.

10 thoughts on “The White House Years, 1968-72

  1. Meihan Liu Meihan Liu says:

    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 uestioning the wisdom or legacy of the former kind

  2. David Huff David Huff says:

    At 1476 pages I'm pretty certain its the longest book I've ever read and I was uite 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 as you do about Kissinger and as an historical account this book is a treasure trove for future generations I know that for many Nixon and Kissinger were polarizing figures but there is still much insight to be gained from such a well written well detailed first hand account from one who was at the center of the stormAnd yes it is exhaustively detailed

  3. Michael Locklear Michael Locklear says:

    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 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 that I mentioned in my review

  4. Shelley Shelley says:

    Ok so this is how you write a 1400 page book without wasting people's time

  5. Bill Manzi Bill Manzi says:

    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 with special focus on the triangular diplomacy involving the Soviet Union Egypt and the United States the war in Vietnam and the exceedingly tortured negotiations to end that war with a good look at the Nixon decisions on the excursion into Cambodia the Christmas Bombing and the self described brutal treatment of the recalcitrant South Vietnamese as agreement neared and the Indo Pakistan war and the tilt towards Pakistan Any one of those items would be a book in itself and the fact that Kissinger not only kept all of those balls in the air but manages through this volume to show how they were all connected is a testament to his brilliance Dr Kissinger has many detractors and Nixon Administration policies especially with regard to Vietnam have drawn severe criticism over the years Kissinger takes those critics on directly and makes some strong and compelling arguments to justify his policy recommendations Vietnam was a tragic error for the United States but Kissinger brings an up close perspective to why many of the important players acted the way they did Kissinger's devotion to the realist school of diplomacy is evident through his actions and policy prescriptions described in this volume His hard headed and realistic approach to bargaining are laid out clearly in his approach to the negotiations with North Vietnam where he recognized that an unfavorable balance of forces on the ground would lead to an unsatisfactory outcome from the perspective of the US His devotion to euilibrium govern his negotiations on SALT and advise his relationship and policy recommendations with the Soviets For the historian this book is essential Kissinger dealt with some of the very true giants of this or any other era including Chou En Lai Indira Ghandi Le Duc Tho Leonid Breznhev Andrei Gromyko Mao Tse Tung Moshe Dayan Anwar Sadat Golda Meir and so many others He seems to me to be exceedingly honest about his relationship with Richard Nixon who he described as brooding lonely and filled with resentment towards so many He in my opinion fairly describes some of the dysfunction of the foreign policy methodology of the first term Nixon Administration and takes some of the blame onto himself The relationship with Secretary of State William Rodgers is a big part of this dysfunction Kissinger is writing to make sure history records his perspective but he does so in a way that brings valuable insight to a critical time in US foreign policy when change and bold steps produced much disruption in this arena Love them or hate them the Nixon Kissinger team shook US foreign policy and produced real change that impacts us to this very day A must read for those who love history or foreign policy

  6. Aaron Million Aaron Million says:

    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 1476 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 specifically for this venture by country He deftly moves between trying to conclude the Vietnam War establishing relationships with the USSR and China arranging ground breaking summits in both of those Communist controlled countries relationships with European countries simmering issues in the Middle East the India Pakistan crisis of 1971 and Chile Interspersed throughout all of the chapters are his assessments of the leaders that he was dealing with their strengths flaws tendencies and negotiating strategies This is obviously Kissinger's view of history and certainly nobody comes out looking better than he does He mentions his ego so freuently that I think it almost became a character in the book He does admit to vanity in several instances specifically concerning his fight for attention and prominence with Secretary of State William Rogers He also admits times when he was wrong and he does give ample credit to other individuals on several occasions Ellsworth Bunker Nixon Chou En Lai Dean Acheson Melvin Laird John Connally to name a few For me the most interesting parts of the book dealt with the Vietnamese peace negotiations excruciating to be sure I am not sure how anyone could have withstood the intense daily pressure that Kissinger and many others were subjected to and his observations about Richard Nixon I thought he was surprisingly forthcoming about their relationship and he paints a well formed portrait of a tortured lonely paranoid man Reading about Nixon from Kissinger's viewpoint helps to understand why his presidency disintegrated shortly after the period that this book covers Overall essential reading for anyone specifically interested in US diplomacy foreign policy Cold War history Vietnam War history or the Nixon presidency

  7. John Harder John Harder says:

    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 uestion if one’s time might be better spent than wading through 1400 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

  8. Genevieve Monette Genevieve Monette says:

    Read that book in US history in college You can read it like a novel

  9. Brandon Hung Brandon Hung says:

    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 frank than other recent publications by Kissinger it is so common to observe his traitsconvictions in foreign policy1 He regards human rights as a trivial issue and less important than maintaining balance of power2 Public opinion is considered to be an obstacle to successful foreign policy as it somewhat at odds with his secret style of dealing with foreign counterpartsThe controversies aside with myriads of details I appreciate his concerted effort in defending American interest in the midst of turmoil His deep reflection in dealing with North Vietnam as well as South Vietnam is frank and thoughtful With the hindsight one can dismiss his effort by the eventual fall of South Vietnam and the so called Domino Theory but given the anti war atmosphere in Congress and public I think he already did his best in the formulation of Vietnamization policy at that time He also justified the bombings while negotiation by pointing out the fact that the stance of North Vietnam Government softened by demonstration of American military power This is a bold decision and cannot be free of controversy but I wonder if there are any alternatives say unilateral withdrawal? to better serve the American national interestFor opening with China it is unfortunate that China has filled the vacuum of Soviet Union and becomes the main threat of global liberal order The opening was also in the timing of Cultural Revolution when the violation of human right was so blatant so is China now probably But one thing very clear is that the foreign policy of PRC led by Zhou Enlai was executed in a very pragmatic way and free of obsessions with ideological struggle whereas the 'fighting spirit' initiated by Xi Jinping in foreign policy is considered to be complacent and threatening Kissinger praised to be an 'old friend of Chinese people' by PRC probably won't criticised PRC in an open manner but an intelligent scholar and an experienced diplomat like him shall have felt these not so subtle differences in Chinese foreign policyApart from some minute technical details that he considered necessary his narration of events is engrossing and page turning His descriptions of personalities and interaction with his government colleagues Nixon Haldeman Rogers and his staff in NSC and counterparts Le Duc Tho Nguyen Van Thieu Zhou Enlai Mao Zedong Brezhnev Drobynin are insightful and often humorous After all while I agree with some other commenters that it won't be a book for everyone you will learn a lot of wisdom by what he said or what he omitted

  10. Dale Dale says:

    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

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