Book cover for Kissinger: 1923 - 1968: The Idealist by Niall Fergusonby Niall Ferguson

From the bestselling author of The Ascent of Money and The Square and the Tower, the definitive biography of Henry Kissinger, based on unprecedented access to his private papers.

Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award

No American statesman has been as revered or as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Once hailed as “Super K”—the “indispensable man” whose advice has been sought by every president from Kennedy to Obama—he has also been hounded by conspiracy theorists, scouring his every “telcon” for evidence of Machiavellian malfeasance. Yet as Niall Ferguson shows in this magisterial two-volume biography, drawing not only on Kissinger’s hitherto closed private papers but also on documents from more than a hundred archives around the world, the idea of Kissinger as the ruthless arch-realist is based on a profound misunderstanding.

Interview with the Author

Podcast Art of Intelligence SquaredIntelligence Squared
Niall Ferguson: Henry Kissinger Reappraised, with Andrew Roberts
10/16/15         62 min

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I Wonder Who’s Kissinger Now?
9/30/16        27 min

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Inside The New York Times Book Review: Niall Ferguson’s ‘Kissinger’
10/2/15        38 min

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91. Nial Ferguson (2016)
7/2/21        31 min

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