In a series of riveting interviews, America's senior statesman discusses the challenges of directing foreign policy during times of great global tension.
As National Security Advisor to Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger transformed America's approach to diplomacy with China, the USSR, Vietnam, and the Middle East, laying the foundations for geopolitics as we know them today.
Nearly fifty years later, escalating tensions between the US, China, and Russia are threatening a swift return to the same diplomatic game of tug-of-war that Kissinger played so masterfully. Kissinger on Kissinger is a series of faithfully transcribed interviews conducted by the elder statesman's longtime associate, Winston Lord, which captures Kissinger's thoughts on the specific challenges that he faced during his tenure as NSA, his general advice on leadership and international relations, and stunning portraits of the larger-than-life world leaders of the era. The result is a frank and well-informed overview of US foreign policy in the first half of the 70s—essential reading for anyone hoping to understand tomorrow's global challenges.
About the Author
WINSTON LORD was HENRY KISSINGER's Special Assistant in the Nixon administration. He has also served as Ambassador to China, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Assistant Secretary of State. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.
Henry Kissinger served as Secretary of State and National Security Advisor in the Nixon and Ford administrations. He has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“Henry Kissinger stands out as a patriot, statesman, and strategic thinker. Winston Lord, who served me with distinction and has been called ‘Kissinger’s Kissinger,’ captures these qualities and more in this book. Kissinger on Kissinger will inform and inspire current and future generations.” —George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State
“This is a brilliant, timely, and invigorating book. In a series of oral history interviews, the only ones he has ever done, Henry Kissinger offers profound analysis and razor-sharp recollections that show the importance of strategic thinking in navigating global affairs. His lessons are not just about statecraft but also about the courage and character required for leadership.” —Walter S. Isaacson, author of Kissinger: A Biography
"The greatest virtue of this small book of reflections is to show that Henry Kissinger’s greatest legacies to his country are his patriotism, his conception of prudent but effective statecraft, and his unparalleled understanding of how the world works." —Francis P. Sempa, New York Journal of Books
"A frank, informative overview of U.S. foreign policy during the first half of the 1970s—essential reading for anyone hoping to understand today’s global challenges." —Foreign Service Journal
"Kissinger’s accounts of the strategies that he and U.S. President Richard Nixon pursued in a series of crucial events make for fascinating reading and serve as a timely reminder of what serious, farsighted diplomacy looks like." —Jessica T. Matthews, Foreign Affairs