Niall ferguson manages to do just that in the first volume of his biography of kissinger deconstructing the images of kissinger as a cold war caricature kissinger as a hate figure of the new left and kissinger as a bismarckian cynic and instead looking at the formation and core of the man himself and how he came to be in power. Niall fergusons kissinger volume i 1923 1968 the ideal ist for ferguson kissingers argument fails to convince but it won kissinger interviews on face the nation . Henry kissinger that very name niall ferguson writes in the first volume of his biography of the former us national security adviser and secretary of state hit some neuralgic spot in . Niall fergusons kissinger the idealist shifts the trajectory of kissinger studies fundamentally always thorough often surprising at times deeply moving this is an extraordinary biography of the most significant scholar statesman strategist of our time by one of our most accomplished historians. No american secretary of state has been such a magnet for abuse as henry kissinger his witty appearances on television and visits to restaurants with young beauties on his arm made no difference
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