White House Years

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Simon and Schuster, May 24, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 1521 pages
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Kissinger’s invaluable and lasting contribution to the history of this crucial time. One of the most important books to come out of the Nixon Administration, White House Years covers Henry Kissinger’s first four years (1969–1973) as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

Among the momentous events recounted in this first volume of Kissinger’s timeless memoirs are his secret negotiations with the North Vietnamese in Paris to end the Vietnam War, the Jordan crisis of 1970, the India-Pakistan war of 1971, his back-channel and face-to-face negotiations with Soviet leaders to limit the nuclear arms race, his secret journey to China, and the historic summit meetings in Moscow and Beijing in 1972. He covers major controversies of the period, including events in Laos and Cambodia, his “peace is at hand” press conference and the breakdown of talks with the North Vietnamese that led to the Christmas bombing in 1972. Throughout, Kissinger presents candid portraits of world leaders, including Richard Nixon, Anwar Sadat, Golda Meir, Jordan’s King Hussein, Leonid Brezhnev, Chairman Mao and Chou En-lai, Willy Brandt, Charles de Gaulle, and many others.

White House Years is Henry Kissinger’s invaluable and lasting contribution to the history of this crucial time.

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User Review  - Bill Manzi - Goodreads

This book, due to length and level of detail, will not be for everyone. But it is a vitally important work for those who want to understand some of the critical foreign policy events in American ... Read full review

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Salvador Allende
The 40 Committee
The Chilean Election of 1970
The Coup That Never Was
Allende Inaugurated
XVIIIAn Invitation to Peking
Triangular Relationships
The Pakistani Channel

Encounters at the Pierre Hotel
The Transition
The Uneasy Team
Getting Organized
Turning to Substance
IIIThe Convictions of an Apprentice Statesman
The American Experience
Problems of a New Equilibrium
IVEuropean Journey
Malaise of the Western Alliance
London and the Special Relationship
Bonn and Berlin and the Enigma of Germany
Rome Interlude
The Colossus of de Gaulle
VOpening Moves with Moscow
The Enduring Philosophical Problem of USSoviet Relations
Reflections during the Transition Period
A Spring Flurry
The Channel
Preparing for SALT
EastWest Trade
Nixons Visit to Romania
VIFirst Steps toward China
First Signals
The Ussuri River Clashes
Rumors of War
Triangular Politics
VIIDefense Policy and Strategy
The Defense Debate
Antiballistic Missiles ABM
Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicles MIRV
The Attack on the Defense Budget
Strategic Doctrine
Tactical Nuclear Weapons
One and a Half Wars
The Nixon Doctrine
VIIIThe Agony of Vietnam
My Exposure to the Quagmire
What We Found
North Vietnamese Attacks and Cambodian Bombing
Diplomacy for a Peace Settlement
The Vance Mission
Return to the Treadmill
The Beginning of Troop Withdrawals
A Secret Meeting with Xuan Thuy
Another Reassessment
The Unpacifiable Doves
Groping for a Strategy
IXEarly Tests in Asia
The EC121 Shootdown
The USJapanese Alliance
The Okinawa Negotiation
The Textile Fiasco
Evolution of Middle East Strategy
Initiatives Galore
Middle East Visitors
EverNew Proposals
Yet Another Initiative
Golda Meir
The Rogers Plan
The Evolving Strategy
Europe and the United States
De Gaulles Departure and European Unity
The American Perception
EastWest Relations in Europe
Berlin and Brandts Ostpolitik
European Security Conference
Second Thoughts about the Common Market
XIIThe War Widens
Return to Secret Negotiations
Special Adviser Le Duc Tho and the First Round of Talks
Laos Interlude
The Overthrow of Sihanouk
The April 20 Troop Withdrawal Announcement
The Attack on North Vietnamese Sanctuaries
The Elusive Communist Headquarters and Other Battles
The Domestic Travail
The Balance Sheet
Europe SALT and a Summit
The Riddle of Soviet Conduct
SALT and the Defense Debate
Pursuing a Moscow Summit
XIVMiddle East 1970
The Kosygin Letter
Soviet Soldiers and Missiles Appear in Egypt
An American Diplomatic Initiative
Ceasefire and Standstill
Israel Bows out of Negotiations
IraqiJordanian Showdown
Hijacking Crisis
Showdown with the Guerrillas
The Syrian Invasion
Soviet Submarine Base at Cienfuegos
A Flotilla Heads for Cienfuegos
The Showdown
Resolution of the Crisis
PingPong Diplomacy
Plans and Aberrations
XIXThe Journey to Peking
First Meeting with Chou Enlai
The Announcement That Shook the World
The China Card
China at the United Nations
Polo II
The United Nations
Breakthrough on Two Fronts
The Polish Riots
The Channel Becomes Operational
The SALT Negotiations and the May 20 Agreement
The Berlin Negotiation
The Summit Finally
The IndiaPakistan Crisis of 1971
Two Cyclones
Military Crackdown
The Crisis Accelerates
The SovietIndian Friendship Treaty
Contacts with the Bangladesh Exiles
Mrs Gandhi Comes to Washington
War between India and Pakistan
The War Spreads
A Fateful Decision
The Aftermath
The Mansfield Amendment and the Economic Confrontation
De Gaulles Funeral and Heaths Visit
The Old Guard Steps into the Breach
The Second Nixon Shock
The Final Round
Forcing Hanois Hand
Madame Binhs Eight Points
The Setting of a Strategy
The Laos Operation
The Military Operation
The Marches on Washington
The Negotiations Are Resumed
The South Vietnamese Presidential Election
Revealing the Secret Talks
XXIVNixons Trip to China
The Handshake
Mao Tsetung
Walks Talks and Toasts
The Shanghai Communiqué
The Vietnam Spring Offensive
The Buildup
Diplomatic Maneuvers
What Strategy?
XXVIThe Secret Trip to Moscow
Preparing the Summit
Leonid Brezhnev
Conversations with Brezhnev and Gromyko
A Disagreement with the President
Mining of North Vietnamese Harbors
The May 2 Secret Meeting
The Mining of North Vietnam
The Summit in the Balance
XXVIIIThe Moscow Summit
Greetings and Meetings
Kosygin and Podgorny
Brezhnev and Nixon
Confrontation at the Dacha
The SALT Negotiations Conclude
Gromyko and the Middle East
What Did the Summit Accomplish?
XXIXSummit Aftermath
Return through Warsaw
The Soviet Grain Deal
European Attitudes
XXXSadat Expels the Soviets
The Idea of an Interim Settlement
The Phantom Memorandum
Becoming Involved
Backchannel Explorations
Egypt Opens a Secret Channel to the United States
XXXIFrom Stalemate to Breakthrough
Testing the Stalemate
A Visit to Saigon
Meetings of September 75 and 27
The October 8 Meeting
XXXIIThe Troubled Road to Peace
Interlude in Paris
Consultation with Thieu
First Rumblings
Showdown with Thieu
The Journey Home
XXXIIIPeace Is at Hand
Election Interlude
Haig Visits Saigon Again
The Meetings with Le Duc Tho Resume
Breakdown of the Negotiation
The Christmas Bombing
Negotiations Resume
The January Round
Thieu Relents
XXXIVPeace at Last
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Henry Kissinger was the fifty-sixth Secretary of State. Born in Germany, Dr. Kissinger came to the United States in 1938 and was naturalized a US citizen in 1943. He served in the US Army and attended Harvard University, where he later became a member of the faculty. Among the awards he has received are the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty. Dr. Kissinger is currently Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm.

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