• by Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
  • 34 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

By the time Henry Kissinger was made secretary of state in 1973, he had become, according to a Gallup poll, the most admired person in America and one of the most unlikely celebrities ever to capture the world's imagination. Yet Kissinger was also reviled by large segments of the American public, ranging from liberal intellectuals to conservative activists.
Kissinger explores the relationship between this complex man's personality and the foreign policy he pursued. Drawing on extensive interviews with Kissinger as well as 150 other sources, including US presidents and his business clients, this first full-length biography makes use of many of Kissinger's private papers and classified memos to tell his uniquely American story.
The result is an intimate narrative, filled with surprising revelations, that follows this grandly colorful statesman from his childhood as a persecuted Jew in Nazi Germany, through his tortured relationship with Richard Nixon, to his later years as a globe-trotting business consultant.


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Customer Reviews

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Disappointing and Tedious

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I agree with everything Mike for Mesa had to say except that I found the narrator's use of mimic to be really annoying. I agree with Judith that it was tedious.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Kissinger is a very interesting person but no one is interesting when you tediously slog through the events of their life. So much could have been edited from this book and you would still "know" Kissinger. Although, I agree with Mike that the author seemed to have it in for Kissinger and purposely shown him in the worst light possible. That surprised me after reading Steve Jobs and Einstein. In fact I picked this book only because I wanted to read something else from Walter Isaacson.

What aspect of Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance would you have changed?

He mimicked Kissinger, Nixon and other main characters. I don't know why but I found it to be really annoying. It was as if he was mocking them.

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- Vicki

Thorough, well-researched and interesting bio.

Isaacson truly depicts what it was like to be a fly on the wall throughout Kissinger's life and his encounters with a wide range of major figures. If you can handle 36 hours of it, you really get into it and when it's over you will miss it. The narrator was the best I have ever heard. Tireless, unchanging, with great accents when using quotes from many world figures.
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- Maya A.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.