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Regardless of your political outlook or persuasion, Christopher Hitchens provides ample narrative to support his indictment of Henry Kissinger's character and his decisions which Hitchens describes as "war crimes".
This is a one-sided account that Henry Kissinger haters will LOVE and Kissinger defenders will DESPISE. So if you do not want to hear a scathing attack on Henry Kissinger, then do NOT buy this book!
Something the Kissinger haters, the Kissinger defenders, and the open-minded should all consider is the magnitude of defamation Hitchens heaps on Kissinger. Hitchens' attack is scathing throughout. Would an innocent public servant allow Hitchens' charges to go unchallenged without filing a lawsuit and make Hitchens pay for his lies? This book was published nearly a decade before Hitchens' death and no lawsuit was ever filed.
Hitchen's charges may never be proven in a court of law, but I was persuaded by Hitchen's argument and enjoyed the book.
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What did you love best about The Trial of Henry Kissinger?
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
The in-depth analysis of HK and the times in which he operated.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
This narrator, and others, always seem to screw up the reading of Hitch's material. Although the material is fluid and can be read quickly, it should not be read in this way. Hitch wrote it using his voice, and that includes pauses and a particular meter and timber that all narrators seem to miss. This narrator did no worse or better than any other narrator that I have experienced thus far, but the narrator's inability to find Hitch's voice for this work detracts from the work. A narrator of CH's material should be forced to listen to 20 hours of Hitch's speeches, or the audio books he personally narrated, in order to get a feel for the way that it should be read. This material is not a meeting brief, it is a work that deserves to voiced using (as close to as possible) the voice of the author. Unlike most authors, there is a substantial amount of available material out there that can be used as research fodder by the narrator.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
I think that Hitch said it best when he termed Kissinger as an elderly villain. I would simply tag it as "The elderly villain"
Any additional comments?
Audible should stop making audio-book versions of Hitch's material unless it is willing to invest in its narrator's the time to research how to narrate this material. I would liken the current crop of narrators to John Moschitta in how they deliver the content.
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