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  • Published: 14 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141022000
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1008
  • RRP: $48.00
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Kissinger

The Realist




The definitive biography of Henry Kissinger, based on unprecedented access to his private papers, written by one of our greatest historians

No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Hailed by some as the "indispensable man", whose advice has been sought by every president from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush, Kissinger has also attracted immense hostility from critics who have cast him as an amoral Machiavellian - the ultimate cold-blooded "realist".

In this remarkable book, the first of two volumes, Niall Ferguson has created an extraordinary panorama of Kissinger's world, and a paradigm-shifting reappraisal of the man. Drawing not only on Kissinger's hitherto closed private papers but also on documents from more than a hundred archives around the world, this biography is Niall Ferguson's masterpiece. Like his classic two-volume history of the House of Rothschild, Kissinger sheds dazzling new light on an entire era.

  • Published: 14 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780141022000
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1008
  • RRP: $48.00
Categories:

About the author

Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is a Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. The bestselling author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire and Colossus, he also writes regularly for newspapers and magazines all over the world. Since 2003 he has written and presented three highly successful television documentary series for Channel Four: Empire, American Colossus and, most recently, The War of the World. He, his wife and three children divide their time between the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Praise for Kissinger

Riveting . . . will be his masterpiece

Andrew Roberts, The New York Times

For big, bold and compelling, it is impossible to ignore Kissinger

John Bew, New Statesman, Books of the Year

Ferguson makes the case for Kissinger being more than just an amoral Machiavellian diplomat who pursued cynical realpolitik. In fact, he was an idealist who had freedom at the centre of his worldview

Robbie Millen, The Times, Books of the Year

This is a superb history of the modern world as well as a biography of Kissinger . . . a tour de force

William Shawcross, The Times

Like Mr Kissinger or loathe him, this is a work of engrossing scholarship

Economist

Definitive . . . reveals his subject as nothing like the calculating cold fish of legend

Marcus Tanner, Independent

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