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.
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
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