Henry Kissinger

Easton Press Henry Kissinger books

Diplomacy - Signed Limited First Edition (2500 first edition copies) - 1994
Years of Upheaval - 2 volumes - 1996
The White House Years - Signed Limted Editions (2 volumes) - 1996
Years of Renewal - Signed Limited Edition (2500 copies) - 1999
Does America Need a Foreign Policy? - Signed Limited Edition (1500 copies) - 2001
Crisis - Signed Limited Edition - 2003
Ending the Vietnam War - Signed Limited Edition - 2003
Diplomacy - Signed Limited Edition - 2009

Henry Kissinger biography

Henry Alfred Kissinger, born on May 27, 1923, in Fürth, Germany, emerged as one of the most influential figures in American diplomacy in the 20th century. His life journey, from fleeing Nazi persecution to shaping U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War, is marked by both acclaim and controversy. Growing up in a Jewish family in Germany during the rise of Adolf Hitler, Kissinger's family fled to the United States in 1938 to escape persecution. He later served in the U.S. Army during World War II and earned degrees from Harvard University, where he eventually became a prominent political scientist.

Kissinger's diplomatic career reached its zenith during his tenure as National Security Advisor and later as Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. In these roles, he played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy during a tumultuous period of Cold War tensions. One of Kissinger's most notable achievements was his diplomatic efforts to establish détente with the Soviet Union and to open relations with China, a groundbreaking shift in U.S. foreign policy that reshaped the global balance of power. His realpolitik approach prioritized strategic interests over ideological differences and sought to maintain stability in an increasingly polarized world.

In 1973, Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in negotiating a ceasefire in the Vietnam War, although the conflict continued for several more years. Despite this recognition, Kissinger's legacy remains controversial, with critics citing his involvement in controversial policies such as the bombing campaigns in Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam War and U.S. support for authoritarian regimes in Latin America and elsewhere.

After leaving government, Kissinger continued to be a leading voice on international relations, writing extensively on geopolitics and advising governments and corporations around the world. His influence on global diplomacy is undeniable, and his legacy continues to shape debates on foreign policy and America's role in the world. Henry Kissinger's life story is a testament to the enduring power of diplomacy and the complexities of navigating the geopolitical landscape. Whether admired for his diplomatic acumen or criticized for his controversial decisions, Kissinger was a towering figure in American politics and international affairs, leaving an indelible mark on the course of history.


A brilliant, sweeping history of diplomacy that includes personal stories from the noted former Secretary of State, including his stunning reopening of relations with China.

The seminal work on foreign policy and the art of diplomacy.

Moving from a sweeping overview of history to blow-by-blow accounts of his negotiations with world leaders, Henry Kissinger describes how the art of diplomacy has created the world in which we live, and how America’s approach to foreign affairs has always differed vastly from that of other nations.

Brilliant, controversial, and profoundly incisive, Diplomacy stands as the culmination of a lifetime of diplomatic service and scholarship. It is vital reading for anyone concerned with the forces that have shaped our world today and will impact upon it tomorrow.

The White House Years

In this first volume of his memoirs, Dr Kissinger covers his first four years (1969-1973) as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and President Nixon's closest adviser on foreign policy. It is undoubtedly the most significant book to come out of the Nixon Administration. Among the countless great and critical moments Dr Kissinger recalls are his first meeting with Nixon, his secret trip to China, the first SALT negotiation, the Jordan crisis of 1970, the India-Pakistan war of 1971, and the historic summit meetings in Peking and Moscow. He covers the major controversies over Indochina policy during that period, including events in Laos, the overthrow of Cambodia's Prince Sihanouk, his secret talks with the North Vietnamese in Paris, his 'Peace is at hand' press conference, and the breakdown of the talks that led to the 'Christmas bombing' of 1972. He offers his insight s into the Middle East conflicts, Sadat's break with the Soviets, the election of Salvador Allende in Chile, issues of defense strategy, and relations with Europe and Japan.Other highlights are his relationship with Nixon, brilliant portraits of major foreign leaders, and his views as to the handling of crises and the art of diplomacy. Few men have wielded as much influence in the arena of American foreign policy as Henry Kissinger. This record makes an invaluable and lasting contribution to the history of this crucial time.

Years of Upheaval

In Years of Upheaval Henry Kissinger recalls the turbulent years of the second Administration of Richard Nixon, which began on 20 January 1973. Two momentous events and their consequences dominate this account: the Watergate scandal, and the 1973 October war in the Middle East. The books opens at the Western White House on a summer afternoon in August of that year, when Dr Kissinger is told by the President during a poolside conversation that he is to become Secretary of State. The memories that follow are a rich compendium of his experiences in the months before and after appointment: an eerie trip to Hanoi shortly after the Vietnam cease-fire; efforts to settle the war in Cambodia; two Nixon-Brezhnev summits and the controversy over detente; the Shah of Iran; the oil crisis and the efforts to covercome it; the US airlift to Israel and the military alert during the Middle East war; the origins of shuttle diplomacy; the fall of Salvador Allende in Chile; and the events surrounding Nixon's resignation. His frank portrait of Nixon's last days is perhaps the most perceptive to date At once illuminating, fascinating, and profound, Years of Upheaval is a lasting contribution to the history of our time, by one of its chief protagonists.

Years of Renewal

Perhaps the best-known American diplomatist of the twentieth century, Henry Kissinger is a major figure in world history, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and arguably one of the most brilliant minds ever placed at the service of American foreign policy, as well as one of the shrewdest, best-informed, and most articulate men ever to occupy a position of power in Washington. The eagerly awaited third and final volume of his memoirs completes a major work of contemporary history. It is at once an important historical document and a brilliantly told narrative of almost Shakespearean intensity, full of startling insights, unusual (and often unsparing) candor, and a sweeping sense of history. Years of Renewal is the triumphant conclusion of a major achievement and a book that will stand the test of time as a historical document of the first rank.

Does America Need a Foreign Policy?: Toward a Diplomacy for the 21st Century
In this timely, thoughtful, and important book, at once far-seeing and brilliantly readable, America's most famous diplomatist explains why we urgently need a new and coherent foreign policy and what our foreign policy goals should be in this new millennium. In seven accessible chapters, Does America Need a Foreign Policy? provides a crystalline assessment of how the United States' ascendancy as the world's dominant presence in the twentieth century may be effectively reconciled with the urgent need in the twenty-first century to achieve a bold new world order. With a new Afterword by the author that addresses the situation in the aftermath of September 11, Does America Need a Foreign Policy? asks and answers the most pressing questions of our nation today.

Crisis: The Anatomy of Two Major Foreign Policy Crises

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 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.

Ending the Vietnam War: A History of America's Involvement in and Extrication from the Vietnam War

Many other authors have written about what they thought happened or thought should have happened in Vietnam, but it was Henry Kissinger who was there at the epicenter, involved in every decision from the long, frustrating negotiations with the North Vietnamese delegation to America's eventual extrication from the war. Now, for the first time, Kissinger gives us in a single volume an in-depth, inside view of the Vietnam War, personally collected, annotated, revised, and updated from his bestselling memoirs and his book Diplomacy.
Here, Kissinger writes with firm, precise knowledge, supported by meticulous documentation that includes his own memoranda to and replies from President Nixon. He tells about the tragedy of Cambodia, the collateral negotiations with the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China, the disagreements within the Nixon and Ford administrations, the details of all negotiations in which he was involved, the domestic unrest and protest in the States, and the day-to-day military to diplomatic realities of the war as it reached the White House. As compelling and exciting as Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August, Ending the Vietnam War also reveals insights about the bigger-than-life personalities Johnson, Nixon, de Gaulle, Ho Chi Minh, Brezhnev who were caught up in a war that forever changed international relations. This is history on a grand scale, and a book of overwhelming importance to the public record.

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