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Kissinger's Shadow: The Long Reach of America's Most Controversial Statesman Greg Grandin Kissinger s Shadow The Long Reach of America s Most Controversial Statesman A new account of America s most controversial diplomat that moves beyond praise or condemnation to reveal Kissinger as the architect of America s current imperial stanceIn his fascinating new book ac

  • Title: Kissinger's Shadow: The Long Reach of America's Most Controversial Statesman
  • Author: Greg Grandin
  • ISBN: 9781627794497
  • Page: 200
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  • Kissinger's Shadow: The Long Reach of America's Most Controversial Statesman Greg Grandin A new account of America s most controversial diplomat that moves beyond praise or condemnation to reveal Kissinger as the architect of America s current imperial stanceIn his fascinating new book, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin argues that to understand the crisis of contemporary America its never ending wars abroad and political polarization at home we have to understaA new account of America s most controversial diplomat that moves beyond praise or condemnation to reveal Kissinger as the architect of America s current imperial stanceIn his fascinating new book, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin argues that to understand the crisis of contemporary America its never ending wars abroad and political polarization at home we have to understand Henry Kissinger.Examining Kissinger s own writings, as well as a wealth of newly declassified documents, Grandin reveals how Richard Nixon s top foreign policy advisor, even as he was presiding over defeat in Vietnam and a disastrous, secret, and illegal war in Cambodia, was helping to revive a militarized version of American exceptionalism centered on an imperial presidency Believing that reality could be bent to his will, insisting that intuition is important in determining policy than hard facts, and vowing that past mistakes should never hinder future bold action, Kissinger anticipated, even enabled, the ascendance of the neoconservative idealists who took America into crippling wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.Going beyond accounts focusing either on Kissinger s crimes or accomplishments, Grandin offers a compelling new interpretation of the diplomat s continuing influence on how the United States views its role in the world.
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    1. Anything that flies on anything that moves Kissinger ordering the bombing of CambodiaA word on the subtitle My guess is that the publisher chose it The word controversial after all is a euphemism As Grandin so ably demonstrates, the evidence against Kissinger is actually incontrovertible The man is a war criminal If there were any justice in this world, he would have been tried and convicted a long time ago However, this is book is not merely another cry of righteous indignation, like Christophe [...]

    2. Kissinger s Shadow The Long Reach of America s Most Controversial Statesman by Greg Grandin is a look at a man who was instrumental in American foreign policy and has outlived critics and supporters Grandin is the author of Fordlandia, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award A Professor of History at New York University, Grandin has published a number of other award winning books, including Empire s Workshop, The Last Colonial Massac [...]

    3. As Greg Grandin makes clear from the beginning, unlike Christopher Hitchens The Trial of Henry Kissinger this book is not an indictment for war crimes By no means does Grandin offer an apologist s perspective for this former Secretary of State and Director of the National Security Council, directly Cambodia and indirectly East Timor responsible for the murders of tens to hundreds of thousands of civilians worldwide Rather, Grandin s purpose is to reveal the motives behind the man by examining th [...]

    4. Henry Kissinger now age 92 has been a prominent international figure since I was in high school when he became Nixon s National Security Advisor and later Secretary of State He seemed to me to be an urbane realist then and an elder statesman now By looking deeply at Kissinger s early writings and the record of his actions as filled out by declassified top secret documents from previous decades, historian Greg Grandin offers a very different picture in Kissinger s Shadow.Kissinger s early work as [...]

    5. Greg Grandin s Kissinger s Shadow attempts to explore the reality of Kissinger and in Grandin s mind, the reality is that everything Kissinger did was a mistake You don t get balance in this book you get polemic.Kissinger was never the most corrupt Secretary of State we ve ever had remember, Hillary Clinton had the job, too , and he wasn t the purehearted shining light either The reality, as it always is, was much difficult, but that idea would only get in the way of Grandin s agenda Criminal C [...]

    6. It would have surprised me to think that I would read a political biography of Henry Kissinger, let alone devour it in 3 subsequent evening sittings This is an exceptional book Grandin s work is deeply researched and his prose is fast moving, giving us the impression that we are being presented with only the most essential facts and stories about this evil genius The author s commentary runs throughout, and provides further evidence in his judicious use of footnotes That Grandin can present a sa [...]

    7. Truth is, this author is so liberal that even though I generally agree with him about Kissinger, I have to step back and rethink my opinions because Grandin s are so far left No, I wouldn t recommend it.

    8. This famous psychopath won a Nobel Prize for ending a war he played a large part in helping along He proved the validity of his published theories because he was never indicted for any of his crimes and instead only became powerful Kissinger was caught ordering, Anything that flying on anything that moves As Noam Chomsky says, rarely in human history have orders for genocide been this clearly documented yet nothing has happened This book has lots of great info Nixon won the election over Humphr [...]

    9. A short easily readable political biography of the remarkable Henry Kissinger by respected New York University history professor Greg Grandin The book covers Kissinger s theoretical writings as a brilliant college student, his success as statesman, and his evolution into a respected elder statesman As only an amateur political scientist, it is hard for me, personally, to assess the book s accuracy At least, it is not obviously falsified and there are extensive citations Some 10% of the book s pa [...]

    10. Grandin s biographical account of Kissinger s insidious influence over US foreign policy from the Vietnam war right up to the present day War on Terror is a fascinating, timely and eminently readable book and I would strongly recommend it to any students of contemporary history, as it is an indispensable companion from which to glean what are some very thorough and well researched insights into the internal workings of the use of power for power s own sake But what is by far the most important a [...]

    11. Grandin provides a look at the reach of former Secretary of State Kissinger that sometime reaches in its conclusion All of the details are significantly noted with abundant and rather long footnotes, but sometimes the sum of all the parts do not mesh up.Free review copy.

    12. A sad, sobering, and realistic explanation of why war will never end, thanks to the American political machine.

    13. Great book, though it seems a single point is repeatedly driven through the entire book, maybe in an attempt to consolidate it in the reader s mind.

    14. well researched and fantastically written i learned things, depressing things, about US involvement in the vietnam war i stopped about half way because just that much was plenty to ponder.

    15. Excellent book Every American should read it The general American has this amazing trust that their leaders will do the right thing and the fact is that they need to be held accountable otherwise unnecessary wars will be waged in the name of protecting American Freedom Kissinger is a war mongerriod and the United States isn t a better place because of that and neither is the world What we need is thoughtful leadership with foresight and not lack of foresight which is basically Kissinger s legacy [...]

    16. I ve enjoyed some of the author s other books, but this account is a pretty thin, unconvincing polemic Grandin does not like Kissinger one bit, and while it s hard to begrudge anyone for recoiling at many of Kissinger s policies, the book does neither makes an effective case nor greatly illuminates Kissinger s thinking Partly, that s because it s so one sided a hundred pages in, Grandin finally does discuss the opening of relations with the People s Republic of China, and the shuttle diplomacy e [...]

    17. I ve been left pretty stunned by this book Reading about the absolutely loopy philosophical positioning that has underpinned US foreign policy from Kissinger to Bush s neocons is deeply uncomfortable To think that major events around the world over the past 50 years, which have had such a huge impact on millions of people, have been greatly influenced by a half baked policy, carried out mostly secretly, and mostly dictatorially, by bully boy, warmongering American politicians is incredibly disap [...]

    18. At first, I thought Greg Grandin placed too much emphasis on Henry Kissinger s philosophical training in college The book makes a convincing case for Kissinger s fascination with metaphysics, so that by the final chapter the use of intellectual history to understand Kissinger seems warranted In school, Kissinger gravitated toward the grim philosophy of Oswald Spengler, who believed in history s inevitable decline and the importance of having strong justifications for one s behavior Kissinger rej [...]

    19. Long screed on Kissinger being a blowhard The author read Kissinger s undergrad thesis for some reason Some details about Cambodia were the only thing that kept me from abandoning ship.

    20. No single man has influenced US foreign policy like Henry Kissinger All for the worse In my very humble opinion, Dr Kissinger is the living epitome of the late Carlo M Cipolla observation that The probability that a certain person be sic stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person and A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person Yet this walking disaster is counted as one of the world s leading double domes, courted and fawned over by presidents, premiers and kings o [...]

    21. Grandin s book is full of anecdotes and details of Kissinger s career which are illuminating teaching Mao about Hegel was my favorite but in the well trodden territory of The People v Henry Kissinger this book does not cover any new territory The central argument is that Kissinger operated under a form of Machiavellian relativism that influenced the neo conservatism that came later in ways which aggrandized the national security state Many of the discrete issues raised are truly relevant Kissing [...]

    22. The mood of the country today, at least, where terrorism and safety of the citizenry are concerned, is one of anger and aggression People are tired of the government s apparent inability to defeat ISIS, Jihadism and other elements of radical fundamentalism In this book, Greg Grandin convincingly explains how Henry Kissinger very much orchestrated clandestine efforts to back these very same terrorists Kissinger put into place the empowerment of Iran, the restoration of military relations with Pak [...]

    23. American foreign policy may have many sins, but the most insidious and hard to stamp out is the cult of action an overriding belief that we must do something about everything usually a kinetic solution that involves bombs, bullets, or both Kissinger s misdeeds are well catalogued by this point, but the greatest contribution of Grandin s book is in documenting how he built the template for advocating military solutions to foreign policy, and tilted the field towards bombing, invasions, and .Sure, [...]

    24. I read this work by Greg Grandin directly after finishing Kissinger s most recent work, World Order One of my favorite parts about Grandin s work is his analysis of Kissinger s guiding philosophy using his early academic work though his assumption that Kissinger s undergraduate graduate theses guided his decision making throughout his career is dubious Another highlight of the book is the exposition of Kissinger s close involvement in domestic policy It s clear both from this book and his other [...]

    25. Essential reading A whole different view of Kissinger and his time in government Fills in the missing gaps or specifically the underlying rationale for many of the unilateral actions from Vietnam to Iraq While Kissinger is certain culpable as a direct or indirect contributor to many of the US interventions in sovereign countries, this is not the key takeaway from the book You will for the first time understand the existential, Spengler esque, reasoning behind his actions and those of the Neo co [...]

    26. This was an exceptional book on Henry Kissnger and the lasting impact he had on America s national security foreign relations apparatus The book was clearly well researched, and as such is very well written The author affectively uses footnotes to provide the reader with all the additional information he or she would need to fully comprehend the extensive history this 300 page book covers This is a great read for anyone who s not only interested in Henry Kissenger, but also in how we ended up in [...]

    27. This reviewer takes Henry Kissinger down from the shelf, dusts him off with a few sentences and then puts him back in his place.Kissinger has a barren aesthetic sense, is obsessive compulsive on an intellectual level and a analytical, anti humanity devours every bit of him He is a robotic policy propagator, lacking empathy and a heartbeat.Henry Kissinger can never be any than a Richard M Nixon groupie and an underboss in the first presidential mafia This is his epithet Go, already, into that go [...]

    28. The first half of this book is a clear and cogent review of Kissinger s academic career and his role in the Nixon and Ford Whitehouses The second half is less convincing Grandin tries hard to convince us that Kissinger s shadow has fallen across successive presidencies, but I m not sure Grandin provides enough evidence of that In any case, the book is a decent overview of modern American foreign policy and the toxic belief that American power must always appear to be justified and vigorous, even [...]

    29. Grandin s condescension is so apparent from his introduction that, in spite of his notable erudition, this examination is neither balanced, nor intellectually fair At the risk of pomposity, owning a degree in philosophy in addition to other intellectual nonsense allows me to actually appreciate Grandin s commentary, but his allusions to the like of Kant, Neibur and others are simplistic and even shoddy in his misuse at times To rephrase one of MY favourite quotes, while Grandin is entitled to hi [...]

    30. Disturbing book since the author premise is that Kissinger maneuvered Nixon into extending the Vietnam War, costing thousands of American casualties and tens of thousands of casualties in southeast Asia Most revealing, the author says there are certain countries where Kissinger does not visit since he risks being arrested as a war criminal In some respects, what s wrong with government, is embodied in this book.

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