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The Resource Kissinger, Volume 1, The Idealist, 1923-1968, Niall Ferguson

Kissinger, Volume 1, The Idealist, 1923-1968, Niall Ferguson

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Kissinger, Volume 1, The Idealist, 1923-1968
Title
Kissinger
Title number
Volume 1
Title part
The Idealist, 1923-1968
Statement of responsibility
Niall Ferguson
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Author
Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
The definitive biography of Henry Kissinger, based on unprecedented access to his private papers, by an acclaimed historian at the height of his powers. No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Once hailed as "Super-K" - the "indispensable man" whose advice has been sought by every president from Kennedy to Obama - he has also been hounded by conspiracy theorists, scouring his every "telcon" for evidence of Machiavellian malfeasance. Yet as Niall Ferguson shows in this magisterial biography, the idea of Kissinger as the ruthless arch-realist is based on a profound misunderstanding. Drawing not only on Kissinger's hitherto closed private papers but also on documents from more than a hundred archives around the world, Ferguson argues that the true foundation of Kissinger's thought is philosophical idealism - combined with history itself. The first half of Kissinger's life is usually skimmed over as a quintessential tale of American ascent: the Jewish refugee from Hitler's Germany who made it to the White House. But in this first of two volumes, Ferguson shows that what Kissinger achieved before his appointment as Richard Nixon's national security adviser was astonishing in its own right. Toiling as a teenager in a New York factory, he studied indefatigably at night. He was drafted into the U.S. infantry and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge - as well as the liberation of a concentration camp - but ended his army career interrogating Nazis. It was at Harvard that Kissinger found his vocation. Having immersed himself in the philosophy of Kant and the diplomacy of Metternich, he shot to celebrity by arguing for "limited nuclear war." Nelson Rockefeller hired him. Kennedy called him to Camelot. Yet Kissinger's rise was anything but irresistible. Dogged by press gaffes and disappointed by "Rocky," Kissinger seemed stuck - until a trip to Vietnam changed everything. The Idealist is the story of the single most important strategic thinker America has ever produced. It is also a political Bildungsroman, explaining how "Dr. Strangelove" ended up as consigliere to a politician he had always abhorred. Like Ferguson's classic two-volume history of the House of Rothschild, Kissinger sheds dazzling new light on an entire era. The essential account of an extraordinary life, it recasts the cold war world
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
TEFOD
Dewey number
973.924092
Index
no index present
LC call number
E840.8.K58
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
Kissinger, Volume 1, The Idealist, 1923-1968, Niall Ferguson
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multicolored
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txt
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unknown
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1 online resource.
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780698195691
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Stock number
90B5262D-40D9-4FCA-B59B-21AA0F7E758B
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  • 2027058
  • (OCoLC)907292240
  • (OCoLC)ocn907292240
  • 2027058
Label
Kissinger, Volume 1, The Idealist, 1923-1968, Niall Ferguson
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780698195691
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
90B5262D-40D9-4FCA-B59B-21AA0F7E758B
System control number
  • 2027058
  • (OCoLC)907292240
  • (OCoLC)ocn907292240
  • 2027058

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