• by Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
  • 34 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

By the time Henry Kissinger was made secretary of state in 1973, he had become, according to a Gallup poll, the most admired person in America and one of the most unlikely celebrities ever to capture the world’s imagination. Yet Kissinger was also reviled by large segments of the American public, ranging from liberal intellectuals to conservative activists.
Kissinger explores the relationship between this complex man’s personality and the foreign policy he pursued. Drawing on extensive interviews with Kissinger as well as 150 other sources, including US presidents and his business clients, this first full-length biography makes use of many of Kissinger’s private papers and classified memos to tell his uniquely American story.
The result is an intimate narrative, filled with surprising revelations, that follows this grandly colorful statesman from his childhood as a persecuted Jew in Nazi Germany, through his tortured relationship with Richard Nixon, to his later years as a globe-trotting business consultant.


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A full account of Kissinger

It took me a while to get in to the book, this is most likely because I was more interested in the Nixon years than his college years etc.

The book gave a very detailed account of Kissinger from youth to his later years, it seemed complete and I didn't feel like it was being biased toward him or otherwise.

It managed to keep my attention throughout which for such a detailed book is quite an achievement.

I wouldn't say it was as accessible as Isaacson's account of Steve Jobs.
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- Mrs

A comprehensive and insightful account

This is a long but worthwhile read that places the reader right into the hallways of US government during the second half of the last century and it does so through the action and words of a brilliant yet controversial figure.

A brilliant project and very well read.
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- Dan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.