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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Kissinger: The Idealist by Niall Ferguson, read by Roy McMillan.

    No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Hailed by some as the 'indispensable man' whose advice has been sought by every president from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush, Kissinger has also attracted immense hostility from critics who have cast him as an amoral Machiavellian - the ultimate cold-blooded 'realist'.

    In this remarkable new book, the first of two volumes, Niall Ferguson has created an extraordinary panorama of Kissinger's world and a paradigm-shifting reappraisal of the man. Only through knowledge of Kissinger's early life (as a Jew in Hitler's Germany, a poor immigrant in New York, a GI at the Battle of the Bulge, an interrogator of Nazis and a student of history at Harvard) can we understand his debt to the philosophy of idealism. And only by tracing his rise, fall and revival as an adviser to Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller and, finally, Richard Nixon can we appreciate the magnitude of his contribution to the theory of diplomacy, grand strategy and nuclear deterrence.

    Drawing not only on Kissinger's hitherto closed private papers but also on documents from more than 100 archives around the world, this biography is Niall Ferguson's masterpiece. Like his classic two-volume history The House of Rothschild, Kissinger sheds dazzling new light on an entire era.

    ©2017 Niall Ferguson (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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    "Riveting...this will be his masterpiece." (Andrew Roberts, The New York Times)
    "For big, bold and compelling, it is impossible to ignore Kissinger." (John Bew, New Statesman - 'Books of the Year')
    "This is a superb history of the modern world as well as a biography of Kissinger...a tour de force." (William Shawcross, The Times)

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    • William Tutt
    • 10/10/2017

    Excellent narrative & narrator

    Brilliantly researched, organized, & narrated. Truly informative and highly enjoyable. Please keep this narrator or Malcolm Hillgartner for the next volumes!

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    • simonefix
    • 09/12/2019

    Thorough and objective biography

    Often times, even the most impartial historian has the tendency to depict events and people in order to support their own views.
    This does not happen in this outstanding work by Niall Ferguson. The author successfully tries to be a fly in the wall, observing and telling what happened throughout these first 45 years of Kissinger's life. All this by a remarkable research from unclassified documents to personal correspondence of Kissinger and other statesmen.
    The cherry on the cake is the narration, with Roy McMillan superbly impersonating the voices of Kissinger and others.


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    • Hectoris
    • 02/03/2021

    very well researched

    I'm looking forward to book 2 interesting insight not only into Kissinger but the political miss steps by the Democratic party

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    • Cliente de Amazon
    • 28/08/2018

    Una biografía intelectual excepcional

    Un historiador Inglés reconstruye la formación teórica, moral y práctica del diplomático más importante del siglo XX.
    Es la mejor biografía de los dilemas políticos y diplomáticos desde la segunda guerra hasta 1968.
    Hsbra que esperar el segundo volumen que se encuentra en proceso de escritura.
    Este libro es una delicia.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 22/07/2018

    Enjoy with Care

    I enjoyed the different take on Kissinger. It feels a little like a propaganda piece, but the arguments are interesting. The thing to know before hand is that this book stops before Kissingers ascend to power. Thus the hard truths about Kissingers actions in office have not been discussed. As far as I understand Mr. Ferguson is working hard on the second part. I recommend this to anyone with a serious interested in the subject matter. Ferguson's views while fascinating are probably dangerous when left in a vacuum and unatacked.
    Therefore please do enjoy, but with care!

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    • frequent user
    • 08/05/2022

    great story about a great political intellectual

    I have heard this book, because I wanted to better understand the US war in Vietnam.
    the book provides excellent insight and maintains a balanced view.
    Kissinger, as others, could not change the source of the US thrive for hegemony and its thirst for war.
    Kissinger was able to bring a grain of German spirit (Vernunft, as in Aristotle, Newton and Kant) into US and Anglo-Saxon lust for expansion and war.
    He made it clear, to those who were able to listen to him, that the spirit may be boundless, our earth has her limits.
    Kissinger, a great man and personality.

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    • Kindle kunde
    • 06/05/2019

    Ein er leuchtendes Buch

    Als 68er habe ich viel über meine eigene Welt Geschichte gelernt. Und bin bescheidener geworden