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
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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