Henry Kissinger

Kissinger, Henry Alfred

Henry Alfred Kissinger (kĬs´ənjər), 1923–, American political scientist and U.S. secretary of state (1973–77), b. Germany. He emigrated to the United States in 1938. A leading expert on international relations and nuclear defense policy, Kissinger taught (1957–69) at Harvard and served as a consultant to government agencies and private foundations. As President Nixon's assistant for national security affairs (1969–73) and later as secretary of state, he played a major role in formulating U.S. foreign policy. Kissinger helped initiate (1969) the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) with the Soviet Union and arranged President Nixon's 1972 visit to the People's Republic of China. He supported U.S. disengagement from Vietnam and won (1973) the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the cease-fire with North Vietnam. His negotiating skill also led to a cease-fire between Israel and Egypt and the disengagement of their troops after the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. Kissinger continued in office after Gerald R. Ford succeeded (1974) to the presidency. Since 1977 he has lectured and served as a consultant on international affairs. His writings include Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy (1957), The Necessity for Choice (1961), The Troubled Partnership (1965), Diplomacy (1994), Does America Need a Foreign Policy? (2001), Ending the Vietnam War (2003), Crisis (2003), and On China (2011).

See his memoirs, The White House Years (1979), Years of Upheaval (1982), and Years of Renewal (1999); biographies by S. R. Graubard (1973) and W. Isaacson (1992); studies by B. and M. Kalb (1974), D. Caldwell, ed. (1983), S. Hersh (1983), R. D. Schulzinger (1989), G. A. Andrianopoulos (1991), L. Berman (2001), C. Hitchins (2001), J. Hanhimaki (2004), R. Dallek (2007), and M. Del Pero (2009).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Henry Kissinger: Selected full-text books and articles

American Foreign Policy: Three Essays
Henry A. Kissinger.
W. W. Norton, 1969
The Nixon-Kissinger Years: Reshaping America's Foreign Policy
Richard C. Thornton.
Paragon House, 2001
The Flawed Architect: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy
Jussi Hanhimäki.
Oxford University Press, 2004
"Memorandum for Mr. Bundy": Henry Kissinger as Consultant to the Kennedy National Security Council
Mohan, Shannon E.
The Historian, Vol. 71, No. 2, Summer 2009
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Source Material: Sequestered from the Court of History: The Kissinger Transcripts
Montgomery, Bruce P.
Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 4, December 2004
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The October 1973 War: Kissinger in Moscow
Israelyan, Victor.
The Middle East Journal, Vol. 49, No. 2, Spring 1995
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Kissinger's Gulf Wars
Jonas, George.
Queen's Quarterly, Vol. 115, No. 2, Summer 2008
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Time to Rethink Realpolitik: Henry Kissinger, Once Accused of War Crimes, Is Back and Working for the Obama Adminstration. Is This a Sign of American Desperation or Another Example of What Hillary Clinton Calls Smart Power?
Byrnes, Sholto.
New Statesman (1996), Vol. 138, No. 4936, February 16, 2009
Henry Kissinger: The Anguish of Power
John G. Stoessinger.
Norton, 1976
Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace
Kenneth W. Stein.
Routledge, 1999
Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security Policy
John Lewis Gaddis.
Oxford University Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: Includes Chap. 9 "Nixon, Kissinger, and Detente"
The End of World Order: Essays on Normative International Relations
Richard Falk.
Holmes & Meier, 1983
Librarian’s tip: Includes Chap. 7 "What's Wrong with Henry Kissinger's Foreign Policy"
Games Advisors Play: Foreign Policy in the Nixon and Carter Administrations
Jean A. Garrison.
Texas A&M University, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Includes Chap. 2 "Henry Kissinger's Advisory System Designing Policy"
Centerstage: American Diplomacy since World War II
L. Carl Brown.
Holmes & Meier, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Includes Chap. 17 "Theorist and Practitioner: Henry Kissinger"
Inside the Kremlin during the Yom Kippur War
Victor Israelyan.
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Includes Chap. 5 "Kissinger in Moscow"
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