"If the courts and lawyers of this country will not do their duty, we shall watch as the victims and survivors of this man pursue justice and vindication in their own dignified and painstaking way, and at their own expense, and we shall be put to shame."
Forget Pinochet, Milosevic, Hussein, Kim Jong-il, or Gaddafi. America need look no further than its own lauded leaders for a war criminal whose offenses rival those of the most heinous dictators in recent history: Henry Kissinger.
Employing evidence based on firsthand testimony, unpublished documents, and new information uncovered by the Freedom of Information Act, and using only what would hold up in international courts of law, The Trial of Henry Kissinger outlines atrocities authorized by the former secretary of state in Indochina, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus, East Timor, and in the plight of the Iraqi Kurds, "including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap, and torture".
With the precision and tenacity of a prosecutor, Hitchens offers an unrepentant portrait of a felonious diplomat who "maintained that laws were like cobwebs", and implores governments around the world, including our own, to bring him swiftly to justice.
©2012 Christopher Hitchens (P)2012 Hachette Audio
My favorite listens are historical fiction. Robert Graves' "I, Cladius" and "Claudius the God" are my most enjoyable listens (and reads)!!
Regardless of your political outlook or persuasion, Christopher Hitchens provides ample narrative to support his indictment of Henry Kissinger's character and his decisions which Hitchens describes as "war crimes".
This is a one-sided account that Henry Kissinger haters will LOVE and Kissinger defenders will DESPISE. So if you do not want to hear a scathing attack on Henry Kissinger, then do NOT buy this book!
Something the Kissinger haters, the Kissinger defenders, and the open-minded should all consider is the magnitude of defamation Hitchens heaps on Kissinger. Hitchens' attack is scathing throughout. Would an innocent public servant allow Hitchens' charges to go unchallenged without filing a lawsuit and make Hitchens pay for his lies? This book was published nearly a decade before Hitchens' death and no lawsuit was ever filed.
Hitchen's charges may never be proven in a court of law, but I was persuaded by Hitchen's argument and enjoyed the book.
Came on here for Star Wars books, now its time to get to history, politics, and religion.
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Accuracy. When reading a book like this, I will stop and research what the author has brought up, an event, a name, etc, and when you dive deeper into the event Hitchens may have skimmed over you realize how much more aggravated you are that it was allowed to take place.
The in-depth analysis of HK and the times in which he operated.
This narrator, and others, always seem to screw up the reading of Hitch's material. Although the material is fluid and can be read quickly, it should not be read in this way. Hitch wrote it using his voice, and that includes pauses and a particular meter and timber that all narrators seem to miss. This narrator did no worse or better than any other narrator that I have experienced thus far, but the narrator's inability to find Hitch's voice for this work detracts from the work. A narrator of CH's material should be forced to listen to 20 hours of Hitch's speeches, or the audio books he personally narrated, in order to get a feel for the way that it should be read. This material is not a meeting brief, it is a work that deserves to voiced using (as close to as possible) the voice of the author. Unlike most authors, there is a substantial amount of available material out there that can be used as research fodder by the narrator.
I think that Hitch said it best when he termed Kissinger as an elderly villain. I would simply tag it as "The elderly villain"
Audible should stop making audio-book versions of Hitch's material unless it is willing to invest in its narrator's the time to research how to narrate this material. I would liken the current crop of narrators to John Moschitta in how they deliver the content.
Fans of Hitchens will of course be satisfied (and surprised and outraged) with the writing, and Prebble reads with Hitchens' spirit in his voice. Highly recommended for fans of the author, history and politics.
Christopher unveils in wonderful prose the other side of a man who has been responsible for a large part of the global politics which have shaped our world. Fearless, Christopher is never shy to dig out of the shadows a history of murder and deceit, that boggles the mind. A fantastic read for anyone wanting an alternative view to the late 20th century and the abuse of power which shaped a post democratic world in which we live.
Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.
I would have hated to be on Hitchen's bad boy list, his criticism is unrelenting. I feel I know much more about the details of these arguments--which are valid--but I sense I don't possess the full picture. Hitchens was not unbiased in his well written prosecutorial accusations. I even chuckled a few times...
Lack of objectivity forced me to give it 3-stars for story. I still recommend it for its truthful representation.
A fascinating view of America's most famous Secretary of State. Few would gainsay his accomplishments. It appears those accomplishments carried a price.
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