Tapping into a wealth of recently declassified documents and tapes, Robert Dallek uncovers fascinating details about Nixon and Kissinger's tumultuous personal relationship and the extent to which they struggled to outdo each other in the quest for foreign policy achievements. With unprecedented detail, Dallek reveals Nixon's erratic behavior during Watergate and the extent to which Kissinger was complicit in trying to help Nixon use national security to prevent his impeachment or resignation.
Illuminating, authoritative, revelatory, and utterly engrossing, Nixon and Kissinger provides a startling new picture of the immense power and sway these two men held in affecting world history.
©2007 Robert Dallek; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"Bestselling author Dallek...delivers what will quickly become recognized as a classic of modern history." (Publishers Weekly)
This audiobook is abridged. 11 hours would not cover this entire book. I am only giving this a low rating because the selection is not as advertised.
This book was very disappointing. I was expecting an in-depth discussion on foreign policy; how it is formulated, implemented and strategies used. What I got was an in-depth look at the flawed characters of Nixon and Kissinger. The book spent more time on their flaws and paranoia than on any of their foreign policy accomplishments and failures.
The author clearly suffered through thousands of hours of tapes, and puts the listener through much of the same.
"There is still more to tell about the Nixon years"
Even after all the books, articles and other historical accounts of the Nixon white house, I never knew about the power struggle Nixon and Kissinger had with each other. Surprising view of how and why he and Kissinger handled affairs in Vietnam, China, and Russia the way they did.
"WARNING: not the unabridged version"
I have a hard copy of this book, and this audio download categorically is not the unabridged version. It misses entire chunks out on areas such as the Middle East and SALT I negotiations. Be aware in case you choose to purchase it.
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