Kissinger's Shadow

The Long Reach of America's Most Controversial Statesman
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Product Number: C03857
Released: Aug 25, 2015
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ISBN: #9781490688558
Narrator/s: Brian O'Neill
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A new account of America's most controversial diplomat that moves beyond praise or condemnation to reveal Kissinger as the architect of America's current imperial stance In his fascinating new book, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin argues that to understand the crisis of contemporary America-its never-ending wars abroad and political polarization at home-we have to understand Henry Kissinger. Examining Kissinger's own writings, as well as a wealth of newly declassified documents, Grandin reveals how Richard Nixon's top foreign policy advisor, even as he was presiding over defeat in Vietnam and a disastrous, secret, and illegal war in Cambodia, was helping to revive a militarized version of American exceptionalism centered on an imperial presidency. Believing that reality could be bent to his will, insisting that intuition is more important in determining policy than hard facts, and vowing that past mistakes should never hinder future bold action, Kissinger anticipated, even enabled, the ascendance of the neoconservative idealists who took America into crippling wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Going beyond accounts focusing either on Kissinger's crimes or accomplishments, Grandin offers a compelling new interpretation of the diplomat's continuing influence on how the United States views its role in the world. Greg Grandin is the author of The Empire of Necessity; Fordlandia, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; as well as Empire's Workshop and The Blood of Guatemala. A professor of history at New York University and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library, Grandin has served on the UN Truth Commission investigating the Guatemalan Civil War and has written for the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and The New York Times.

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Kissinger's Shadow
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Product Number:C03857
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Author(s): Greg Grandin
Narrator(s): Brian O'Neill
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Author(s): Greg Grandin
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Professional reviews

"In an audiobook this dense, it's vital that the narrator carry the listener along smoothly and engagingly. Brian O'Neill accomplishes this effectively. He varies his pace occasionally, keeping especially dry passages from becoming tedious. He varies his pitch slightly to add emphasis but not so often that it becomes distracting or inappropriate. With several well-known voices quoted, particularly those of President Nixon and Henry Kissinger, he wisely refrains from trying to imitate their voices. But in the end, O'Neill can't overcome the work itself, which, while highly informative, reads more like a political science textbook than a work for a general audience. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"