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 then 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. He also negotiated 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), On China (2011), and World Order (2014).

See his memoirs, The White House Years (1979), Years of Upheaval (1982), and Years of Renewal (1999); biographies by S. R. Graubard (1973), W. Isaacson (1992), and N. Ferguson (Vol. I, 2015); 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), M. Del Pero (2009), and G. Grandin (2015).

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Henry Kissinger: Selected full-text books and articles

American Foreign Policy: Three Essays By Henry A. Kissinger W. W. Norton, 1969
"Memorandum for Mr. Bundy": Henry Kissinger as Consultant to the Kennedy National Security Council By 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 By Montgomery, Bruce P Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 4, December 2004
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The October 1973 War: Kissinger in Moscow By Israelyan, Victor The Middle East Journal, Vol. 49, No. 2, Spring 1995
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Kissinger's Gulf Wars By Jonas, George Queen's Quarterly, Vol. 115, No. 2, Summer 2008
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Inside the Kremlin during the Yom Kippur War By Victor Israelyan Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995
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