[Item #6039] Kissinger: A Biography. Walter Isaacson, Henry Kissinger.
Kissinger: A Biography
Kissinger: A Biography
Kissinger: A Biography
Kissinger: A Biography

Kissinger: A Biography

ISBN: 9780671663230
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1992. First Edition. Hardcover. “Once you’ve been to Cambodia, you’ll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands. You will never again be able to open a newspaper and read about that treacherous, prevaricating, murderous scumbag sitting down for a nice chat with Charlie Rose or attending some black-tie affair for a new glossy magazine without choking. Witness what Henry did in Cambodia – the fruits of his genius for statesmanship – and you will never understand why he’s not sitting in the dock at The Hague next to Miloševi .”-- Anthony Bourdain. There are few individuals in the past millennium who, like god emperors of bygone Homeric epics, sculpt the world as they see fit–redrawing borders, plundering lesser nations, and bathing entire populations in maelstroms of hellfire. Of those few individuals, only one has a legacy that is praised and heralded as the pinnacle of statecraft and diplomacy in the American consciousness while its shadow coils and chokes the third world like noxious fumes, Henry Kissinger (1923–2023). Henry Alfred Kissinger, a name that haunts South East Asia with the weight of genocide, chemical warfare, nearly 6 million deaths, generations of birth defects, and a boiling hatred for the U.S. empire. While this sentiment is generally shared by most of the world, Kissinger’s legacy is largely remembered by the U.S., U.K., E.U., NATO, and other Neo-Liberal powers of the world as a master statesman and genius diplomat. It is, generally, impossible to speak about a figure as divisive as Kissinger in an impartial way, however, Walter Isaacson (author, journalist, and professor) manages to present Kissinger in a surprisingly unbiased manner. “Kissinger: A Biography”, takes a microscopic look into the early life of one of history's most ghoulish figures and attempts to present it without frills and without judgment; refusing to blink in the face of the horrors wrought by his hand, while also acknowledging his role as a mediator between the U.S., China, and the former Soviet Union. Perhaps the most authoritative biography on the subject, Isaacson's straight-forward and often vivid prose is immensely engaging and easily digestible, making “Kissinger” as easy to read as it is insightful and revealing. Now, it should be noted that Henry Kissinger recently shuffled his mortal coil (as per the writing of this curation in January of 2024) at the ripe old age of 100. Your faithful curator points this out to remind the reader that while he has passed, we are constantly and currently engaged in the wake/reckoning of the consequences of his enormous geo-political legacy and that while these things may often feel decades removed from us, history often holds a long memory and bears longer knives. Lastly, your curator would like to recommend (what our Irish and Scottish cousins recommended with Thatcher's passing) welding his coffin shut, driving a stake into his necrotic heart and adorning him with a necklace of garlic clove to ensure he does not return. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum - world travelers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books, and the dearly beloved late parents of our esteemed founder, Arthur S. Nusbaum. Hardcover in unclipped dust-jacket. First edition though not explicated as such at copyright page, first printing as indicated by number sequence thereon. Book is in very fine condition with only the slightest wear to fine edges; dust-jacket is in very fine condition with light smudging to front and back covers, with minor wear to fine edges. An overall substantially mint volume! An extra handling fee will be added for shipping due to the weight of this item. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #6039]

Price: $60.00