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More than 30 years after working side by side in the White House, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger still stand as two of the most compelling, contradictory, and powerful American leaders of the second half of the 20th century. Both were largely self-made men, brimming with ambition, driven by their own inner demons, and often ruthless in pursuit of their goals. From January 1969 to August 1974, their collaboration and rivalry resulted in the making of foreign policy that would leave a defining mark on the Nixon presidency.

Tapping into a wealth of recently declassified documents and tapes, Robert Dallek uncovers fascinating details about Nixon and Kissinger's tumultuous personal relationship and the extent to which they struggled to outdo each other in the quest for foreign policy achievements. With unprecedented detail, Dallek reveals Nixon's erratic behavior during Watergate and the extent to which Kissinger was complicit in trying to help Nixon use national security to prevent his impeachment or resignation.

Illuminating, authoritative, revelatory, and utterly engrossing, Nixon and Kissinger provides a startling new picture of the immense power and sway these two men held in affecting world history.

Tale of the tapes: listen to more about Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger.
©2007 Robert Dallek (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Adam
  • 05-03-2014

WARNING: not the unabridged version

What would have made Nixon and Kissinger better?

I have a hard copy of this book, and this audio download categorically is not the unabridged version. It misses entire chunks out on areas such as the Middle East and SALT I negotiations. Be aware in case you choose to purchase it.

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  • jeffrey
  • 09-02-2013

There is still more to tell about the Nixon years

Even after all the books, articles and other historical accounts of the Nixon white house, I never knew about the power struggle Nixon and Kissinger had with each other. Surprising view of how and why he and Kissinger handled affairs in Vietnam, China, and Russia the way they did.

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