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"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Employing evidence based on firsthand testimony, unpublished documents, and new information uncovered by the Freedom of Information Act, and using only what would hold up in international courts of law, The Trial of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 Audible Ltd

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  • 01-09-13

A compelling case that shames the USA

Hitchens meticulously deconstructs the record of Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger. The charges laid before Kissinger are extensive and heinous. The extension of the Vietnamese war by four years, the expansion of that war into the neutral counties of Laos and Cambodia, the support of the Indonesian dictator Suharto in the annexing of East Timor (including the genocide of 1/3rd of the Timorese people) and support for the Greek junta in the invasion of Cyprus. Add to this Kissingers involvement in the death of Chile's democratically-elected president Salvador Allende, his support for the muderous General Pinochet and his repeated lies to Congress and the Senete - wow! This is a book worth reading.

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  • KK
  • 04-04-20

History and Politics.

Excellent writing, as you would expect from Christopher Hitches.
I had been wishing to read this book and this was made easy by having the audio version.
Detailed and well argued. Some things were new to me, for example, the chapter on Greece and Cypress. There are chapters on Chile, East Timor, Angola, and Vietnam, all of which told me numerous facts and details of which I had not known, meticulously collected and well presented.
It presents facts and figures which are truly horrifying, although nothing that forced me to stop reading in the way that I had to put away one of Chomsky's books for example, and my feeling was anger that Kissinger has not yet been brought to justice, rather than fear that I'll have nightmares. That's important to say because I would have read the book sooner knowing this.
This version has a good bit of new information added since the first edition. For example, from documents since released.
The book is well named. It is necessary because of the fact that Kissinger has never been tried for his crimes. Surely, surely, Kissinger would have sued Hitchens for this book if he had had any grounds to do so.
I am thankful indeed for journalists who work so hard to bring us the truth.

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  • Nigel
  • 04-13-13

Compelling

Lucid well-constructed and evidenced arguments for the re-assessment of Nobel Peace Prize winning Kissinger as a war criminal. Although Christopher Hitchens was an incomparably good public speaker, Simon Prebble is an excellent stand-in reader.

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  • Alan S.
  • 08-31-20

behind the mask

gripping account of one of history 's pre-eminent statesmen and his skullduggery hitherto unknown .

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  • Bucks
  • 08-02-20

##ck

Use the Goyem. The truth is out about j e hoover now that it's too late but this zionist nazi tyrant should be on public trial. I hope you're haunting him Christopher Hitchens and another Mengele is brought to justice

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  • Flopadoo
  • 05-21-13

Well produced and interesting

The narration is very good and perfectly suited to the material. It's an interesting book and has lots of good insights - including a lot of things that I wouldn't have known about otherwise. Well worth a listen.

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  • Simon Millward
  • 05-17-21

Hitchens #1

Sharp, insightful. The inimitable Christopher Hitchens. So sadly missed. Expertly read, as always, by Simon Pebble.

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  • Smeg
  • 03-09-21

Journalists, this is what you are supposed to do!

Immaculate research, perfectly documented, fact and detail not opinion.
Hats off to Mr. Prebble perfect narration.


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  • 03-05-20

So juicy

The wit alone makes it worth a listen, even if you're not super interested in the era of US history/politics.

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  • Curtis Yates
  • 04-27-17

I never knew.

very revealing. Why gas nothing veen done! Hitchens unveils the black heart of US foreign policy.