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Nixon and Kissinger: how policy is made and carried out behind the scenes
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
The short documentary presents Nixon, the complex, introverted, and motivated man, and how he maneuvered during the troubled 60s and early seventies to mold global relations so as to achieve greatness. The overview of his personal and political background is presented, as it is relevant to Nixon's climb to the heights, as well as his descent into failure. The interplay for acclamation between him and Kissinger is especially interesting, and the whole saga is a sober reminder that people, like us, pursue great accomplishment with foibles and weaknesses, as well as inspiration, often with little consideration for those who are affected by their choices.
Those who are in thrall tosome sort of tribal ideology needn't watch -- knowing it all, there is nothing here for such people to learn. Not mentioned, but well worth considering, is how the American people of 50 years ago were repulsed by the ugly dishonesty and the shameless power grabbing Nixon is shown to have exhibited in his efforts to escape his demise. Would a majority sharply disapprove of such goings-on today?
I have seen most, if not all, of David Reynolds's documentaries, and like the rest, Reynolds researches his subject well and his presentations are quite thought-provoking. I don't always agree with every one of his conclusions, but in this documentary, what he presents is exactly as I recall the events of Nixon's downfall, and the conclusions he draws are spot-on.
This documentary packs a lot of facts into a short time, and if you're interested in traditional facts (rather than the "alternative" ones so commonly bantered about today) then watch this -- I highly recommend it.