Synopses & Reviews
From one of our most distinguished historians comes an epic biography of two unlikely leaders who came together to dominate American and world affairs.
Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were two of the most compelling, contradictory, and important leaders in America in the second half of the twentieth century. Both were largely self-made men, brimming with ambition and often ruthless in pursuit of their goals.
Tapping into recently disclosed documents and tapes, Robert Dallek uncovers fascinating details about Nixon and Kissinger's tumultuous personal relationship their collaboration and rivalry and the extent to which they struggled to outdo each other in the reach of foreign policy achievements. He also brilliantly analyzes their dealings with power brokers at home and abroad, including the nightmare of Vietnam, the brilliant opening to China, détente with the Soviet Union, the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East, the disastrous overthrow of Allende in Chile, and growing tensions between India and Pakistan, while recognizing how both men were continually plotting to distract the American public's attention away from the growing scandal of Watergate.
Authoritative, illuminating, and deeply engrossing, Nixon and Kissinger gives us a new understanding of just how important and consequential these two men were in affecting world history.
"Dallek is the first historian to mine thousands of pages of recently declassified transcripts and tapes, and pair them with Inside-the-Beltway memoirs and scholarly assessments of these 'partners in power.' In doing so, he uncovers what made this odd couple tick." San Antonio Express-News
"Drawing upon a wealth of new sources, such as 20,000 pages of transcripts of Kissinger's telephone conversations, Dallek's biography takes us well beyond any previous book on the subject." Oregonian
"Dallek's is an important analysis, based on recently available declassified records and includes important caveats for current policy makers." Library Journal
"[A]n encyclopedic and revealing inside look at the two men who essentially if not always effectively ran the world in the early 1970s." Christian Science Monitor
"Dallek's account is long on description and short on analysis. It is, in addition, too monodimensional in its treatment of figures as complex as Nixon and Kissinger." Chicago Tribune
"[Dallek] has succeeded in drawing a compelling portrait of the two men while analyzing the momentous consequences their foreign policy decisions had on America and the world." Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"Some of the detail will be daunting for all but the most dedicated policy wonks....But it all adds to the often alarming and always intriguing relationship between these two political titans who shared so much of the world stage at a particularly tumultuous time." Denver Post
"[A]dmirable and important." Boston Globe
"The more than 700 pages of Nixon and Kissinger are crammed not only with scandal but also with insightful descriptions of the most significant foreign policy issues of the period." Dallas Morning News
Working side by side in the White House, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were two of the most compelling, contradictory, and powerful figures in America in the second half of the twentieth century. While their personalities could hardly have seemed more different, both were largely self-made men, brimming with ambition, driven by their own inner demons, and often ruthless in pursuit of their goals.
Tapping into a wealth of recently declassified archives, Robert Dallek uncovers fascinating details about Nixon and Kissinger's tumultuous personal relationship and brilliantly analyzes their shared roles in monumental historical events—including the nightmare of Vietnam, the unprecedented opening to China, détente with the Soviet Union, the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East, the disastrous overthrow of Allende in Chile, and the scandal of Watergate.
In this epic and revelatory biography, a distinguished historian probes the lives and times of two unlikely leaders whose partnership dominated the world stage and changed the course of history. 16-page b&w photo insert.
About the Author
Robert Dallek is the author of the number one bestseller
, among other books. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times
, and The Washington Post
. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians, for which he served as president in 2004-2005. He lives in Washington, D.C.