The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World

Barry Gewen (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$30.00  $27.60
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
April 28, 2020
Pages
480
Dimensions
6.2 X 9.4 X 1.4 inches | 1.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781324004059

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About the Author

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

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
Surprising, disturbing, beautifully written--a book that upsets easy moralism and cheerful optimism in haunting prose.--David Frum, staff writer, Atlantic
A brilliantly rendered intellectual biography of arch-Realist Henry Kissinger. It's impossible to responsibly grapple with the last seventy years of U.S. foreign policymaking without reading this seminal book. Every chapter is brimming with shrewd analysis, deep learning, good writing, and philosophical depth. A landmark achievement.--Douglas Brinkley, Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and professor of history, Rice University
Barry Gewen provides a profound intellectual and philosophical framework for assessing Henry Kissinger's approach to diplomacy and also for understanding the role that Realism has played in America's foreign policy. It is a fascinating and deeply researched book.--Walter Isaacson, author of Kissinger: A Biography
Barry Gewen's extraordinary study seeks neither to condemn nor defend Henry Kissinger but to comprehend him. With a keen understanding of the nuances of Cold War politics and diplomacy, from every angle, Gewen cuts to the core of Kissinger's Realism, haunted by the twentieth century's lessons that democracy and good intentions can just as easily produce catastrophe as uplift.--Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University
A sterling, highly readable intellectual biography.... Gewen convincingly argues that a full appreciation of Kissinger's realist philosophy is now more important than ever.--Jessica T. Matthews
Timely and acute.... A thoughtful rumination on human behavior, philosophy and international relations.--John A. Farrell
Meticulously researched, consistently stimulating and deeply insightful.... This beautifully written and engaging gem is an exciting, exhilarating must-read for anyone interested in international relations, American foreign policy or the ideas of Kissinger, whether you agree with him or not.--Roger Bishop
The Inevitability of Tragedy is an intellectually stimulating and thoughtful examination of competing visions of the world and relations among states. It examines these subjects through the prism of the thinking of Henry Kissinger, one of America's greatest thinkers and writers on those subjects--albeit one whose views, as Barry Gewen explains vividly, are founded on the grim vantage point associated with the Realist school of thinking. As one who strongly endorses the value of what Gewen describes as Dr. Kissinger's 'pessimistic sensibility, ' I found this book to be of enormous value at a time when the tectonic plates of global relations are shifting and call for informed, thoughtful, and realistic foreign policy thinkers and practitioners.--General David Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.), former commander of the Surge in Iraq and U.S. Central Command, former director of the CIA