Magazine July 6, 2020, Issue

Henry Kissinger and the Way of the World

Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger attends the American Academy’s award ceremony at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, Germany, January 21, 2020. (Annegret Hilse/Reuters)
The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World, by Barry Gewen (W. W. Norton, 480 pp., $30)

The Inevitability of Tragedy sits in judgment on Henry Kissinger. The opening page goes straight to the point as Barry Gewen recalls a dinner he shared not so long ago with an unnamed friend who in the course of a discussion about foreign affairs leaned across the table and hissed, “Barry, Henry Kissinger is evil.”

Kissinger has not held public office since 1977. Many, perhaps most, Americans are not much bothered with foreign policy anyhow and may well have little or no idea who he is, never mind what he might or might not have done for them when he was

This article appears as “The Way of the World” in the July 6, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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