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By drawing upon hitherto unpublished transcripts of his telephone conversations during the Yom Kippur War (1973) and the last days of the Vietnam War (1975), Henry Kissinger reveals what goes on behind the scenes at the highest levels in a diplomatic crisis. The two major foreign policy crises in this book, one successfully negotiated, one that ended tragically, were uniq By drawing upon hitherto unpublished transcripts of his telephone conversations during the Yom Kippur War (1973) and the last days of the Vietnam War (1975), Henry Kissinger reveals what goes on behind the scenes at the highest levels in a diplomatic crisis. The two major foreign policy crises in this book, one successfully negotiated, one that ended tragically, were unique in that they moved so fast that much of the work on them had to be handled by telephone. The longer of the two sections deals in detail with the Yom Kippur War and is full of revelations, as well as great relevancy: In Kissinger's conversations with Golda Meir, Israeli Prime Minister; Simcha Dinitz, Israeli ambassador to the U.S.; Mohamed el-Zayyat, the Egyptian Foreign Minister; Anatoly Dobrynin, the Soviet Ambassador to the U.S.; Kurt Waldheim, the Secretary General of the U.N.; and a host of others, as well as with President Nixon, many of the main elements of the current problems in the Middle East can be seen. The section on the end of the Vietnam War is a tragic drama, as Kissinger tries to help his president and a divided nation through the final moments of a lost war. It is full of astonishing material, such as Kissinger's trying to secure the evacuation of a Marine company which, at the very last minute, is discovered to still be in Saigon as the city is about to fall, and his exchanges with Ambassador Martin in Saigon, who is reluctant to leave his embassy. This is a book that presents perhaps the best record of the inner workings of diplomacy at the superheated pace and tension of real crisis.


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By drawing upon hitherto unpublished transcripts of his telephone conversations during the Yom Kippur War (1973) and the last days of the Vietnam War (1975), Henry Kissinger reveals what goes on behind the scenes at the highest levels in a diplomatic crisis. The two major foreign policy crises in this book, one successfully negotiated, one that ended tragically, were uniq By drawing upon hitherto unpublished transcripts of his telephone conversations during the Yom Kippur War (1973) and the last days of the Vietnam War (1975), Henry Kissinger reveals what goes on behind the scenes at the highest levels in a diplomatic crisis. The two major foreign policy crises in this book, one successfully negotiated, one that ended tragically, were unique in that they moved so fast that much of the work on them had to be handled by telephone. The longer of the two sections deals in detail with the Yom Kippur War and is full of revelations, as well as great relevancy: In Kissinger's conversations with Golda Meir, Israeli Prime Minister; Simcha Dinitz, Israeli ambassador to the U.S.; Mohamed el-Zayyat, the Egyptian Foreign Minister; Anatoly Dobrynin, the Soviet Ambassador to the U.S.; Kurt Waldheim, the Secretary General of the U.N.; and a host of others, as well as with President Nixon, many of the main elements of the current problems in the Middle East can be seen. The section on the end of the Vietnam War is a tragic drama, as Kissinger tries to help his president and a divided nation through the final moments of a lost war. It is full of astonishing material, such as Kissinger's trying to secure the evacuation of a Marine company which, at the very last minute, is discovered to still be in Saigon as the city is about to fall, and his exchanges with Ambassador Martin in Saigon, who is reluctant to leave his embassy. This is a book that presents perhaps the best record of the inner workings of diplomacy at the superheated pace and tension of real crisis.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Hai Quan

    Kissinger was working as National Security Adviser and then Secretary Of State under the administrations of Nixon and Ford. This book described what he has done during the two major crises at the Midle East and Vietnam. My perspective is that of a citizen of a third world country , therefore naturally will always different from Kissinger 's. In one side, Kissinger is a Jew , who are working for a group of people that in my opinion are reactionary to peace and justice loving people of the whole worl Kissinger was working as National Security Adviser and then Secretary Of State under the administrations of Nixon and Ford. This book described what he has done during the two major crises at the Midle East and Vietnam. My perspective is that of a citizen of a third world country , therefore naturally will always different from Kissinger 's. In one side, Kissinger is a Jew , who are working for a group of people that in my opinion are reactionary to peace and justice loving people of the whole world and in particular Indochina and the Middle East. In other side, as a citizen of a third world country, I feel a shared feeling with some of the countries in the Middle East and Indochina among others of being screwed by the evil forces of international gangsters : the governments of the US, China and Israel....among others . I don't know if my opinion would have any impact, but I hope it will encourage other justice and peace loving people worldwide to join me in creating a international FRONT and that its voice can be heard in the international anti-reactionary platform. The screwed people in the 3rd word countries , specifically in the Middle East need to know that they are not alone in their struggle for peace and justice. That said, I found Kissinger book projects the image of a very mild maner, courtly, soft speaking, well educated high ranking government official WHILE his reasoning , extremely tortuous way of expression and clever language TO COVER EXTREMELY dangerous poisonous fangs that, as history has unraveled , indirectly killed millions of mostly innocent civilians in Indochina and the Middle East. Throughout his sermon, he completely ignored this simple tenet: No justice, no peace. He dumped a whole bunch of worthless , voluminous transcripts of his telephone conversations between him and various players in this conflict between the gangstering Israel and its land grabbing and the surrounding countries whose lands were occupied by this thieving Jew government. If Kissinger sincerely wish to be a middleman to foster an agreement of all parties in this conflict, he must have adopted a right philosophy ( stolen and robbed property RETURNED ) and a clean intention ( justice served ) Alas, despite the respectable image he and his master projected and broadcasted, he was no more than a merchant of DEATH, sans the black cloak and the long handle scythe. He sided with the thuggish, gansterish Jewish government. I am sure a majority of Israelis, Jew or non-Jew are justice and peace loving people. Justice they love, peaceful life they long for, keeping the war spoil and foster killing and being killed they abhor. But they and the people of their national neighbours and the people of the world 's wish are of no consequence in front of the Israel ruling gang and its gangster friend , the US ' ruling gang , represented by Henry K. With this backing , the reactionary few Jews in the Israel rulling gang have been stubbornly held tight the 6 day war's spoil. Henry K also pretended to work hard for a just resolution for this mess, but his secret agenda is the same as his master's : Maintaining a climate of chaos, fighting, attack and counterattack, death and destruction because HE WAS AN INTERNATIONAL MERCHANT OF DEATH, doing otherwise was agaisnt his job and his well hidden mission , in the Middle East or the Indochina and elsewhere. Just resolution and peace in this region, Indochina and elsewhere was and is NOT an agenda of Henry K and his boss ? because THEY BRING NO CASH to 'em .What will they do with the gigantic military hardware churning out every second ? The Merchant Of Death they are: They thrive in wars and conflicts.Why do you think Truman eagerly nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki despite Hirohito's surender message ? How much secret kick back he got from the budget of these nuke bombs , the Manhattan project and thousands of other stockpiles of killing devises ? Farfetched ? Do we have any say in leaving the henhouse for 'em foxes ? With that in mind, the reader can skip the above mentioned telephone transcripts.They are just clever smokescreen to cover his dark agenda and diverse people attention and scrutiny into his dark mind. In the Middle East, there is a war between the gangster Israel, backed by another bigger gangsters , the US government AND the some Arabic countries backed by the Soviet. Kissinger accuses the Arab world of belligerent with its demand that Isreal to withdrawal to the 1967 boder. For all decent and reasonable people, that demand is so just and natural as a self evident : Returning what you robbed and stolen TO THE RIGHTFUL OWNERS But obviously the gangster Israel doesn't think so. And its gangster brother Kissinger and his boss give them a nod No one surprise The US of A 's very existence is courtesy of a long history of killing and land grabbing as the survived Native American are living witness Since then it has pursuing usurpation of many 3rd world countries , competing with other word powers. In the Middle East, they meet with another contender, the Soviet. He scolds the Soviet and the Arab world as hardheaded while the Arabians are victims of 'em Jew gangster's land grabbing. Kissinger, in his role as a lieutenant for this international Mafia cartel, cleverly hiding his fangs and claws under a lamb coat, appears as respectable diplomat, change his voice to a old grandmother , soothingly coaching the Arabian " little boys and girls " to please OPEN THEIR DOORS so he, a poor grandma, can lead a good friend in for a visit ! He failed to realize that no peace can achieve unless robbed items RETURNED to their rightful owners He and his master in the white house HAVE THE WEIGHT TO TIP THE SCALE in the Middle East if they sincerely wish to do so. But a snake and its kind will ever be snake Alas, a whole of his ( this) thick volume says nothing of value! ( temporary pause, will be back regarding Indochina)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natan

    Would give 3.5 stars if I could. This book was a real eye-opener for me, as far as how international diplomacy works behind the scenes. I guess whatever happens publicly at the UN has already been decided behind the scenes. Or maybe since it's no longer just kind of USA vs. USSR, things are different now? Also, I learned how international relations really are determined by each country's own coldly calculated interests and nothing else. From now on, whenever I hear some American politician talking Would give 3.5 stars if I could. This book was a real eye-opener for me, as far as how international diplomacy works behind the scenes. I guess whatever happens publicly at the UN has already been decided behind the scenes. Or maybe since it's no longer just kind of USA vs. USSR, things are different now? Also, I learned how international relations really are determined by each country's own coldly calculated interests and nothing else. From now on, whenever I hear some American politician talking about the "special relationship" with Israel, I will roll my eyes and mentally tell him to shut up. While there is no doubt the USA was a huge help to Israel in the Yom Kippur War (and since), Kissinger makes it clear that he merely saw the survivial of the State of Israel as helpful to the USA only as part of the larger Cold War, not because there was some moral obligation to assist an ally, or to prevent a second Holocaust in the space of 3 decades. So, if Henry Kissinger, a European Jew who fled the Nazis, felt that way, surely we can't expect more from any other American politician. By the way, speaking of American moral obligations to allies and previously signed treaties, ask the Ukrainians how the Budapest Treaty worked out for them. I can only hope (and doubt) our politicians learned that lesson.

  3. 5 out of 5

    CD

    I've moved this to the read shelf though I skipped around and read only portions of the last third or so of the book. Planning on returning to this one later this fall and rereading most if not all of what I have read so far again because of the transcript nature of portions of the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mustafa Şen

    It is an important in terms of to get USA's Middle East politics that involves Israel.

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