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Henry Kissinger

Pragmatic Statesman in Hostile Times, 1st Edition

By Abraham R Wagner


224 pages

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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 US 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 US 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 US international relations during the latter years of the war in Vietnam.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements ix


Henry Kissinger 1

Introduction: Henry Kissinger in American History and Foreign Policy 1

Chapter 1: The Early Years 8

Chapter 2: Harvard and New York 15

Chapter 3: National Security Advisor 47

Chapter 4: China, Communism and Arms Control 98

Chapter 5: Secretary of State 120

Chapter 6: Watergate and Exit from Government 161

Chapter 7: The Later Years 176

Epilogue: On the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy 195


Documents 206

1: The Nobel Peace Prize 1973 – Acceptance Speech

Henry Kissinger, Lee Duc Tho 206

2: Bipartisan Objectives for American Foreign Policy

Foreign Affairs, Summer 1988 219

3: Between the Old Left and the New Right

Foreign Affairs, May/June 1999 219

4: Military Policy and Defense of the "Grey Areas"

Foreign Affairs, April 1955 219

5: Reflections on Containment, Foreign Affairs, May 1994 228

6: The Pitfalls of Universal Jurisdiction, Foreign Affairs, July 2001 240

7: Eulogy for Senator John McCain, September 1, 2018 247


Selected Bibliography 254

Index 265

About the Author

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership