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Greg Grandin: Henry Kissinger’s Vanity, 29 November 2007

Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power 
by Robert Dallek.
Allen Lane, 740 pp., £30, August 2007, 978 0 7139 9796 5
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Henry Kissinger and the American Century 
by Jeremi Suri.
Harvard, 368 pp., £18.95, July 2007, 978 0 674 02579 0
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... Dallek’s Kissinger – jealous, sycophantic, duplicitous and striving – with the one in Jeremi Suri’s Henry Kissinger and the American Century. In Dallek, we see not a great negotiator but a naïf, manipulated by his more sophisticated Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese counterparts. Hanoi’s envoys to the Paris peace talks quickly detected ...

Where’s the omelette?

Tom Nairn: Patrick Wright, 23 October 2008

Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War 
by Patrick Wright.
Oxford, 488 pp., £18.99, October 2007, 978 0 19 923150 8
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... globalisation. ‘At its core, détente was a mechanism for domestic fortification,’ writes Jeremi Suri, another unorthodox Cold War historian, with ‘a powerful domestic component that exceeded a mere agreement to avoid nuclear armageddon’. The tedious fire-screen recovered some of its utility as a defence against the ...

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