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Nixon and Kissinger: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2018
Robert Dallek has written a very thorough biography on the relationship between Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. I thought that he did a really nice job setting up the whole dynamic between the two men. Both are highly driven, but have the slightest chink in their armor that propels them forward to almost manic proportions in some cases. They have to be great men because anything less is failure and each other was the vehicle to get that greatness. Yet, the reader also gets the feeling that they often didn’t like each other, which is to be expected among men so similar yet they needed each other, if they were to each accomplish their goals.
While I thought Dallek did a good job capturing the dynamic in the early sections of the book, it turns into more of a biography of the foreign policy of the Nixon Administration, which is fine given the two subjects of the book, but I feel like he could’ve reached back and connected things up a little better than he did.
An intriguing portrait of Nixon and Kissenger that could’ve been fleshed out further.