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The Inevitability of Tragedy

Henry Kissinger and His World

Barry Gewen



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22 June 2020
Biography: historical, political & military; History
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: 244mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   820g
ISBN:   9781324004059
ISBN 10:   1324004053
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   22 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
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

Ingeniously organized, flawlessly argued, this big book moves with the speed of a magazine essay. Its signal point is incontrovertible: that in a messy, shrinking world where little is black and white and America is no longer protected by oceans, Henry Kissinger's tragic realism becomes increasingly relevant, and increasingly undeniable.--Robert D. Kaplan, author of The Revenge of Geography and The Coming Anarchy

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