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Kissinger's Year: 1973

Alistair Horne

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Biography: historical, political & military, Prose: non-fiction

The life of Henry Kissinger seen through one seminal year - 1973.

1973 was a seminal year in world history. The outbreak of the 'Yom Kippur War' took both Israel and the US by surprise, the Vietnam War finally ended, it was the year of d tente with the Soviet Union, but the US executive was in a state of collapse following Watergate, and the year ended with the muslim initiated energy crisis, which brought the Western world to the brink of economic disaster - a story of deepest relevance today.

1973 was also very much the year of Henry Kissinger, Nixon's National Security advisor and later Secretary of State - possibly the most powerful in American history, running US foreign policy in default of a 'lame duck' president. It was also the year that Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

This book is the biography of Kissinger - the first he has authorised - viewed through the events of this crucial year. A story of his extraordinarily imaginative aims, his near successes, and, as he admits, his ultimate failures.

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Alistair Horne

Alistair Horne was educated at Le Rosey, Switzerland, and Jesus College, Cambridge. He ended his war service with the rank of Captain in the Coldstream Guards attached to MI5 in the Middle East. From 1952 to 1955 he worked as a foreign correspondent for the DAILY TELEPGRAPH. In 1969 he founded the Alistair Horne research fellowship in modern history, St Antony's, Oxford. His numerous books on history and politics have been translated into over ten languages, he was awarded the Hawthornden prize (for THE PRICE OF GLORY) and the Wolfson prize (for A SAVAGE WAR OF PEACE). In 1992 he was awarded the CBE; in 1993 he received the French Legion d'Honneur for his work on French history and a Litt.D. from Cambridge University; in 2003 he was knighted for services to Franco-British relations. He died in 2017.

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