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Henry Kissinger
Pragmatic Statesman in Hostile Times

ISBN 9780415837392
Published July 11, 2019 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

Henry Kissinger: Pragmatic Statesman in Hostile Times explores the influence of statesman Henry Kissinger in American foreign relations and national security during 1969 to 1977.

Henry Kissinger arrived in the U.S. as a young Jewish refugee and went on to serve as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State to Presidents Nixon and Ford. The consulting firm he founded has advised every U.S. president since. In this book, Abraham R. Wagner reveals how Kissinger used his knowledge of history and international relations to advocate a realpolitik approach to U.S. foreign policy. Through seven selected primary source documents, Wagner tracks how Kissinger became an iconic figure in international relations that polarized opinion during 1969 to 1977, a critical and controversial period of American history.

This book will be useful for students interested in American history and security studies, especially those with an interest in U.S. international relations during the latter years of the war in Vietnam.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Henry Kissinger in American History and Foreign Policy

PART I Henry Kissinger

Chapter 1: The Early Years

Chapter 2: Harvard and New York

Chapter 3: National Security Advisor

Chapter 4: China, Communism, and Arms Control

Chapter 5: Secretary of State

Chapter 6: Watergate and Exit from Government

Chapter 7: The Later Years

Epilogue: On the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy

PART II Documents

Selected Bibliography


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Abraham R. Wagner is Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism and serves as a consultant to several government agencies. He served in national security positions for over 40 years and has since taught at Columbia University, USA; University of California, Los Angeles, USA; and New York University, USA.

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