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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (638 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Dallek Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN:
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More than 30 years after working side by side in the White House, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger still stand as two of the most compelling, contradictory, and powerful American leaders of the second half of the 20th century. Both were largely self-made men, brimming with ambition, driven by their own inner demons, and often ruthless in pursuit of their goals. From January 1969 to August 1974, their collaboration and rivalry resulted in the making of foreign policy that would leave a defining mark on the Nixon presidency.

Tapping into a wealth of recently declassified documents and tapes, Robert Dallek uncovers fascinating details about Nixon and Kissinger's tumultuous personal relationship and the extent to which they struggled to outdo each other in the quest for foreign policy achievements. With unprecedented detail, Dallek reveals Nixon's erratic behavior during Watergate and the extent to which Kissinger was complicit in trying to help Nixon use national security to prevent his impeachment or resignation.

Illuminating, authoritative, revelatory, and utterly engrossing, Nixon and Kissinger provides a startling new picture of the immense power and sway these two men held in affecting world history. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan Webber | 2/15/2014

    " Tricky Dicky and Henry--what a couple! Political sociopaths, self-absorbed loners, interested in power above all else. This book uses hours of tape from the Nixon archives to paint detailed and, frankly, scary pictures of America's oddest political odd couple. Read it before you go see Frost/Nixon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 2/8/2014

    " This is an impressive work...Robert Dallek produces an organized inside-look at the Nixon presidency. Being a hopeful history major, I was impressed with Dallek's input at the rise and fall of Richard Nixon as President, and Secretary of State/National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger's continuing support through the five-and-a-half years of the Nixon presidency. A must-read for all history majors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Lehmann | 2/7/2014

    " About a quarter way through this. Man, what a pair of loonies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sofia | 2/4/2014

    " I tend to love history books on tape (see Cokie Roberts' "Ladies of Liberty"), but this one felt like a bit of a slog. To the book's credit, it's well written, well read, and I learned a lot, but I just wasn't swept away with it all. It probably has something to do with the eponymous historical figures -- not exactly the world's most sympathetic men. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Craig | 2/1/2014

    " This is a well-written study of two men who had considerable success and miscues in American foreign policy. The biggest impression I got was the huge clash of egos. Nixon and Kissinger were out for credit and did not want to "out-do" one another. It is a fascinating read and worth the time. Dallek uses sources well and his style doesn't bog you down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sondra | 2/1/2014

    " Fascinating history, focused on the competitive relationship between these men. Relevant in showing the dangers of leaders who value personal loyalty over integrity. Not a highly positive assessment of Nixon's foreign policy accomplishments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adkad | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoyed this book very much, though it got bogged down in details at several points. It was a fascinating look at two men who created foreign policies, often from the worst of motives. I felt I wanted to read more about both men as this book did not completely satisfy my desire to understand them better. It did, however, introduce me to an interesting area for study. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 1/25/2014

    " Interesting political read. Also heavy on foreign policy. I would have preferred a book that focussed more on the personalities of the two and their odd, twisted, codependent relationship, but this book was decent. Nixon was not mentally stable and never should have been president and Kissinger was too ambitious and thought of himself first, the country second. Fascinating insights into the politics of the time and these two men who shaped history. This is a large book and took FOREVER to read, even with some skimming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/19/2014

    " A necessary into great men and historic period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 suellen | 1/13/2014

    " Fascinating that these two wildly different (and extremely unattractive) personalities could come together, would ever even meet, and use each other to rule the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 12/20/2013

    " Very interesting read. Taking place mainly during my teen years and my twenties, I knew a little about Nixon and Kissinger, but politics was not my main focus. None of it came as a real surprise, but to see it written down was defintely educational. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teji | 12/13/2013

    " Provacative. Some of the parallel's the author finds between Kissinger and Nixon are very interesting. What a pair. Such machinations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/10/2013

    " Good critical analysis of the Nixon years, especially with Kissinger as his National Security Advisor. There are many books on the historiography of Nixon's foreign policy, but few analytical ones and fewer written in a clear and concise manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 12/5/2013

    " Smart, strange men running America. Some success, some failure, all weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iris | 11/19/2013

    " NYT Critics' Favorite Books of 2007 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/29/2013

    " This is an extremely well written and insightful book about the relationship between Kissinger and Nixon. My only critical comment is this: doesn't anyone have an editor? This book could be cut in half and still tell the story. It is entirely too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Rosenblatt | 2/22/2012

    " Facinating book and provides some scary insight into an extremely complicated period of American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Kizer | 9/27/2011

    " After reading this book, I completely understand why some countries to this day will arrest Kissinger if he steps on their soil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Jacobs | 8/22/2011

    " Pride and arrogance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ja | 7/9/2011

    " Enhh. Not a lot new here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/2/2011

    " This was a very interesting book. The history lesson was great and the examination of this unique relationship was facinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 4/23/2011

    " My 2-star review reflects the fact that I just don't care about Nixon and Kissinger. The book was a pretty good summary of their time, but how did Nixon ever get elected? I saw a lot of parallels to the Bush presidency. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 4/16/2011

    " I just could not finish this book--too much crazy about Nixon and Kissinger before we even got to Watergate!! I'll finish it someday, just not soon. Maybe next year. It is good, however!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/19/2011

    " Facinating book and provides some scary insight into an extremely complicated period of American history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 11/8/2009

    " My 2-star review reflects the fact that I just don't care about Nixon and Kissinger. The book was a pretty good summary of their time, but how did Nixon ever get elected? I saw a lot of parallels to the Bush presidency. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 9/28/2009

    " This was a very interesting book. The history lesson was great and the examination of this unique relationship was facinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 9/11/2009

    " Smart, strange men running America. Some success, some failure, all weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 8/29/2009

    " Thorough look at Nixon's life and the parnoid man he was. Kissinger is presented as a man wanting power and attaching his horse to Nixon to get itl "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 6/15/2009

    " After reading this book, I completely understand why some countries to this day will arrest Kissinger if he steps on their soil. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 6/3/2009

    " An interesting book because of the subject matter. Dallek's style is bland at best (just look at the unoriginal topic; hasn't enough scholarship been done on these two?). A good read though. Put two powerful and insecure individuals together and something fun is bound to happen. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Dallek

Robert Dallek is the author of Nixon and Kissinger, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestseller, and a classic two-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson, Lone Star Rising and Flawed Giant, among other books. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic, and Vanity Fair. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians, for which he served as president in 2004–2005, and has won the Bancroft Prize, among numerous other awards for scholarship and teaching. He lives in Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Eric Conger is a stage actor, voice artist, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has narrated more than 125 fiction and nonfiction audiobooks and was a four-time finalist for the Audie Award, both as a sole narrator in 2007 and 2008 and as part of a multicast reading in 2001 and 2012. He has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards. His extensive voice-over work includes more than 5,000 narrations for commercial ventures. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Paris, he also works as a writer and playwright. He has appeared in over fifty plays and has also translated plays of Molière and Feydeau for regional theaters. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.