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The Inevitability of Tragedy by Barry Gewen

The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World

Barry Gewen

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Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publication date: 28 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781324004059

A fresh portrait of Henry Kissinger focusing on the fundamental ideas underlying his policies: realism, balance of power and national interest.

4 stars out of 5
16 May 2020

"Gewen seeks to escape this cartoon depiction of Kissinger, absurd in its Manichaean extremes."

Gewen seeks to escape this cartoon depiction of Kissinger, absurd in its Manichaean extremes. He does so successfully with sympathy for his subject, subtlety, good writing and not a little humour. His book examines three sets of complexities better to understand the man, the thinker and the diplomat — complexities all of which are intertwined. This is not a book for those who like their characters cut and dried, black and white. It is a portrait painted in multiple shades of grey.

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