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The Inevitability of Tragedy

Henry Kissinger and His World

Barry Gewen



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25 June 2021
The Inevitability of Tragedy is a fascinating intellectual biography of Henry Kissinger that examines his unique role in government through his ideas. It analyzes the continuing controversies surrounding Kissinger's policies in such places as Vietnam and Chile by offering an understanding of his definition of realism; his seemingly amoral belief that foreign affairs must be conducted through a balance of power; and his un-American view that promoting democracy is most likely to result in repeated defeats for the United States.

Barry Gewen places Kissinger's ideas in a European context by tracing them through his experience as a refugee from Nazi Germany and exploring the links between his notions of power and those of his mentor, Hans Morgenthau, the father of realism, as well as those of two other German-Jewish A (c)migrA (c)s who shared his concerns about the weaknesses of democracy: Leo Strauss and Hannah Arendt.
By:   Barry Gewen
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   382g
ISBN:   9780393867565
ISBN 10:   0393867560
Pages:   496
Publication Date:   25 June 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World

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

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