Barry Gewen, an editor at the New York Times Book Review for thirty years, has written on politics, international affairs, and culture for several publications, including the Times, the New Republic, Dissent, and the National Interest. He lives in New York City.
Gewen's book... is distinctive in that it is, above all, an account of Kissinger's intellectual universe. -- Gideon Rachman - Financial Times Gewen seeks to escape [a] cartoon depiction of Kissinger... He does so successfully with sympathy for his subject, subtlety, good writing and not a little humour... Gewen tells us that Kissinger is more than a figure out of history, and that we dismiss or ignore him at our peril... Where are the 21st-century's Henry Kissingers when we need them? -- Christopher Meyer - The Spectator A timely new book on Henry Kissinger-The Inevitability of Tragedy by Barry Gewen-provides new insight into what might have gone wrong and landed the US in a late imperial funk. -- Iain Martin - The Times [Gewen] remind[s] us of a very interesting and complex personality. -- Roger Boyes - The Times In this magisterial account, Gewen... traces the historical and philosophical roots of Kissinger's famous realism, situating him in the context of Hannah Arendt and a cohort of other Jewish intellectuals who escaped Nazi Germany. -- 100 Notable Books of 2020 - The New York Times Book Review Timely and acute... A thoughtful rumination on human behavior, philosophy and international relations. -- John A. Farrell - The New York Times Book Review Barry Gewen delivered a new biography of Henry Kissinger's life and work. -- 2020 in US politics books - The Guardian