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  • Nixon and Kissinger Partners in Power
  • Robert Dallek
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  • 05 February 2017
  • 9780060722302

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FREE DOWNLOAD Ì Nixon and Kissinger Partners in Power With his JFK biography An Unfinished Life Dallek cemented a reputation as a great historian Now he offers a portrait of a pair of leaders who dominated the world stage changing the course of history Decades after working side by side in the White House Richard Nixon Henry Kissinger remain two of the most contradictory powerful men in America in the 20th century While their personalities could hardly have been different they were magnetically drawn together Both were ambitious self made men driven by their own inner demons often rut. The illegal we do immediately the unconstitutional takes a little longer Henry Kissinger National Security Advisor and Secretary of State for President Nixon People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook Well I m not a crook President Richard M NixonHas there ever been a duo in American political life to compare with Richard Nixon 37th President of the United States and Henry Kissinger who served Nixon as National Security Advisor and later as Secretary of State If you like complicated figures where greatness is in eternal struggle with venality where vision is foreshortened by ambition where just about any action can be justified as done for the good of the country then either Nixon or Kissinger is worth a lifetime of study Trying to tackle them at once parsing their successes their failures and their codependency is a herculean task Robert Dallek gives this task his best shot in Nixon and Kissinger Partners in Power He succeeds admirably even though all the twists and turns the ins and outs the endless debates and analysis is far too much for one book even one that stretches to a relatively robust 623 pages of text There is a density to this volume that makes it feel longer than it is a density that comes from trying to pack a lot of information into limited pages as though this book is carry on luggage and Dallek wanted to avoid a checked bag fee While enjoyable it can also be exhausting and left me similar to Nixon during Watergate in need of a drink Dallek begins Nixon and Kissinger with brief biographical chapters devoted to each of his principal subjects He also has a chapter on the 1968 election which gives you a lot of the context for the actions taken in Nixon s presidency These opening chapters are helpful if you are unfamiliar with these men though I would stop short of saying this is popular history While accessible it does not have room for background amplification Thus if you aren t already familiar with the contours of Nixon s presidency you might feel like you re missing something From page 89 till the end Dallek focuses on Nixon and Kissinger s interplay in the White House Because Nixon made foreign policy the centerpiece of his presidency and because foreign policy was Kissinger s job Dallek tethers the narrative to this topic If you want to know about Nixon s domestic policy sorry you ain t going to find it here While understandable it s a bit like viewing the Nixon presidency with one eye closed Foreign policy was Nixon s top priority but domestic issues affected the execution of his goals Even a brief primer on these matters would have given a fuller picture of Nixon s administration Regardless there are plenty of matters to chew on Dallek covers the opening of China d tente with the Soviet Union the endless friction in the Middle East the India Pakistani War and the overthrow of Allende s government in Chile And that s just for starters Vietnam hovers over everything with Nixon and Kissinger trading blood and coin for the nebulous concept of peace with honor Also there s that little item about the burglars and the hotel and some hush money and it s all on tape What s it called again Nipplegate Deflategate Gamergate I m sure it ll come to me Dallek covers these potentially explosive incidents with a certain amount of restrained criticism He comes across as an old school centrist historian careful in his research methodical in his presentation and even keeled with his judgments It would be very easy to go off the rails either delivering an adjective fueled tirade against Nixon s duplicity or going the other way and making an impassioned revisionist argument for Nixon s unrealized legacy Dallek does neither He sort of just lays things out He scolds Nixon but does so gently an academic critiue that lacks energy Nevertheless Dallek does take a definite position on these power partners He sees both men as essentially torn in two They were visionaries seeing relationships and stability where others saw only fear and distrust but they were also cynics embarking on diplomatic crusades in order to distract the public from Watergate Always Dallek has to measure deed verses intent China for instance has burnished Nixon s legacy His opening of relations is now seen as a tremendous success Of course as Dallek reminds us Nixon bucked his own reputation as an anti red anti communist pit fighter in bringing about this coup One imagines the hell he would ve raised had a Democrat tried to normalize relations with Red China Dallek is most critical of Nixon when it comes to Vietnam He tends to support the view that the Paris Peace Accords in 1973 got Nixon exactly what he could have achieved in 1968 with the exception of the further loss of 20000 American soldiers and untold thousands of Vietnamese troops and civilians Overall Dallek has negative than positive things to say about the Nixon Kissinger Administration with the caveat that he is really only looking at Nixon s international dealings For me the real draw of Nixon and Kissinger is the interplay between the two protagonists of this story Due to the fact that Nixon recorded so many conversations we really get a detailed and intimate look at how Nixon and Kissinger interacted It s something You have to read it to believe it Here is a sampling of their partnership occurring just before Nixon resigned which just scratches the surface of the pathologies involved After some unhappy reflections from Nixon on the possibility that he would face criminal prosecutions Kissinger promised to resign if they harass you Henry became so emotional at the thought of Nixon in the dock or perhaps himself forced to leave office to rescue the president and the country from a public nightmare he began to cry Nixon broke down as well and between sobs insisted that Henry not resignAfter an hour and a half of this emotional rollercoaster Henry started to leave But on their way to the elevator that would liberate Henry from Nixon s embarrassing display of self pity the president asked him to kneel with him in prayer As they prayed Nixon began sobbing again amid cries of anguish at the misery his enemies had inflicted on himThe President and his Secretary of State weeping together in the White House Democracy in action That s uite the end scene for a relationship that Dallek notes partly rested on deception and hostility The you think of the presidency the you have to wonder about what type of person wants this job in the first place much less thinks they can do it Presidents make hard decisions and those decisions affect people s lives A lot of times those decisions end people s lives That is a tremendous near unimaginable amount of power to possess You cannot fairly blame a president for everything that goes wrong since he or someday hopefully she is only human and therefore of limited ability to foresee all ends I can blame a president for a faulty decision making process For taking serious actions for unserious reasons For trading blood for political gain For disrupting the real for the sake of the theoretical For putting yourself above the country you swore to lead and defend That s the Nixon that Dallek presents a Nixon abetted by Kissinger It s a story worth reading and pondering because Nixon s presidency should be viewed as a warning not an aberration

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FREE DOWNLOAD Ì Nixon and Kissinger Partners in Power Ndal He details Nixon's erratic behavior during Watergate how Kissinger helped use national security to prevent impeachment1 Brethren of a kindNixon Kissinger1968 2 The limits of powerThe Nixon Kissinger White HouseHope illusion The politics of foreign policyTroubles galore Crisis managers Winter of discontent3 The best of timesThe road to détenteDétente in Asia gains lossesThe warriors as peacemakers Tainted victories 4 The worst of timesNew miseries In the shadow of Watergate The Nixon Kissinger presidencyThe end of a presidenc. It was worse than we thoughtDallek s insights into Nixon are scarier than Stanley Kubrick s Dr Strangelove Where the movie was a satirical fiction to shine a light on truth Dallek s recounting of Nixon s tactic of presenting himself as an unbalanced man with his finger on the button is downright scary on two accounts 1 it was nonfictional 2 people tend to become roles that initially are pretendThat s not the only alarming revelation of this history focusing on Nixon s and Kissinger s execution of foreign policy Dalleck carefully details how the two were obsessed with secrecy that precluded balancing influences in the conduct of the war in SE Asia such as the decision to expand the war into Cambodia and in Chile where the US was up to its elbows in overthrowing the elected administration of AllendeDallek makes clear that the dynamic of Nixon s paranoia feeding Kissinger s paranoia feeding Nixon s paranoia feeding Kissinger s paranoia skewed their perceptions to the point where the two thought the history of the free world teetered on events that were just not that pivotalDallek does an outstanding job of explaining how international events not only influenced each other but also swayed domestic policy Vietnam which is an historical enemy of China depended largely on aid from the Soviet with whom NK were desperately seeking a nuclear nonproliferation agreement which the mainland Chinese feared tipped the balance of power against them Success in negotiating agreements with all these players was pivotal to Nixon s re election or so it was thought in the White House despite a 36 percentage point lead over the Democrat s candidate George McGovern late in the campaignPetty Nixon was so obsessed with receiving credit for any and all advancements that his paranoia consumed energies that would have been better expended on substantive issues At times this concern bordered on madness especially as Nixon s emotional and psychological health deterioratedIn at least one instance a meeting of defense officials had to be terminated early because the president was raving madness making it impossible to address items on the agenda As pressure built for Nixon s resignation Kissinger conducted foreign policy but rushed back to Washington to prop up the president during public pronouncementsIronically enough despite Nixon s obsession with occupying center stage it was Kissinger who was publicly recognized on magazine covers and in public adulation

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FREE DOWNLOAD Ì Nixon and Kissinger Partners in Power Hless in pursuit of their goals At the height of power their rivalry collaboration led to policies defining the Nixon presidency Utilizing declassified archives Dallek uncovers details about their personal relationship how they struggled to outdo each other in foreign affairs He also analyzes their dealings with power brokers at home abroad including Vietnam the China opening detente with the USSR the Yom Kippur War Allende's overthrow war between India Pakistan while recognizing how both men plotted to distract the public from sca. This book juxtasposes two interesting characters who were similar yet different at the same time This is not just a biography of two close colleagues but is an attempt to show how their respective tenures weaved together at times in harmony giving each other support yet some times contradicting coming close to breaking down on some occasionsSince the gist of the story is about how these two men worked together the author s effort at keeping the description of the earlier parts of their lives short is greatly appreciated The bulk of the book rightly centres on the time of the Nixon presidency when the two men worked closely togetherThe author managed to present a picture of two men working together who were at once very similar in nature to each other but ended up with very different reputations They needed each other yet at the same time tried to outdo one another They served the same administration yet were almost at odds with each other on a number of foreign policy issues They were each other s best friends yet had palpable disdain for each other with Kissinger calling Nixon the meanest of names pg 93 while Nixon showing that he was rightly deserving of them through the perverse pleasure he took in distressing Kissinger pg 288 Such is the skill of the author in crafting a story filled with intriguing personalities and complicated relationships In the end one could not help wondering about the complexities of Whitehouse relationshipsBoth Nixon and Kissinger didn t come out looking very well Nixon looked like a manipulating crude and insecure guy who constantly needed reassurance and reaffirmation about what he was doing Kissinger on the other hand was egoistic narcissistic calculating and self serving But both would provide what the other needed Kissinger was always ready to help Nixon smoke his own dope giving superlative praises in spades while Nixon gave Kissinger the opportunities no matter how unwillingly to play his role as the super star of foreign policy And when things did not work out they could always resort to threats which they would not carry out Kissinger on resigning his position and Nixon on cancelling the summits with various world leaders Nixon however came out looking slightly worse because of his readiness to resort to dirty tricks pg 186 even as early as MyLai In the end he would be brought down by one of these and gained the inglorious reputation of being the first and only president in the US to resign In the last two chapters when Watergate was catching up with Nixon the author portrayed a guy who always seemed to be on the verge of breakdown and that was where the paths of Nixon and Kissinger diverged One became almost maniacal while the other went on to the peak of his reputation as a man who brought peace to the Middle East It was almost painful to read but the contrast between their fates only heighten the drama near the endThis is the second book of Dallek s that I ve read and both I did not enjoy It was not that he was a bad writer but I just didn t take to his style There was no occasion where I found the author s grammar wanting I think it has to do with his rather dry style that does not help the story to flow Also in this book he uoted Ambrose a lot giving one the impression that it was the only source that he consulted but what grated me was his habit of uoting conversations wholesale something that he also did in the earlier book that I read Too much of this makes me feel that he has not analysed his subjects enoughOne also wonders about the approach taken by the author in terms of portraying the characters Does trying to be fair and impartial euate to ensuring that the subjects are seen in a poor light We all know what happened with Nixon but I could hardly find anything in the book that spoke well of him I am not much of a Nixon fan but I do not think that he has almost no redeeming features Kissinger looked better in comparison but only slightly and that was because he was put in contrast to Nixon in the last days of the presidency I think I would not judge this book a fair account of either man just as one praising the subjects is not necessarily biasedFinally I would like to talk about a couple of points that I reflected upon as I read the book Firstly the elections in the US has a huge impact on policy decision making Although I believe this to be true in other democratic countries what was unfortunate in this case was its impact on the decisions relating to the Vietnam War Some decisions were purposely delayed because of the election in order to achieve some political optics These delays caused many American and Vietnamese lives to be lost While it is easy to put the blame on the politicians we the electorate should perhaps ask if our way of looking at politicians behaviours and our inability to comprehend complex issues have led to them needing to manipulate us by presenting the best possible facadeSecondly no matter what relationship one has with hisher boss one should never try to look better than the boss No bosses like to look less able than their subordinates Being a deputy is therefore much challenging than being the boss in some sense you do not want to look stupid yet you cannot look smarter than your boss On occasions Kissinger let his narcissism get the better of him inccuring Nixon s wrathI am no NixonKissinger specialist and do not intent to be one For a superficial understanding of these two men and their relationship this book suffices I suspect that it is positioned as one to fill the gap in the literature of these two men by exploring the complex constructive and yet amazingly self serving relationship between two of the most important men during the cold war era For that reason this is one book that may be of interest to those wanting to know about how these two men have worked together during their time