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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (951 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Hitchens Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781619693661
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“If the courts and lawyers of this country will not do their duty, we shall watch as the victims and survivors of this man pursue justice and vindication in their own dignified and painstaking way, and at their own expense, and we shall be put to shame.”

Forget Pinochet, Milosevic, Hussein, Kim Jong-il, or Gaddafi. America need look no further than its own lauded leaders for a war criminal whose offenses rival those of the most heinous dictators in recent history: Henry Kissinger.

Employing evidence based on firsthand testimony, unpublished documents, and new information uncovered by the Freedom of Information Act and using only what would hold up in international courts of law, The Trial of Henry Kissinger outlines atrocities authorized by the former Secretary of State in Indochina, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus, East Timor, and in the plight of the Iraqi Kurds, “including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap, and torture.”

With the precision and tenacity of a prosecutor, Hitchens offers an unrepentant portrait of a felonious diplomat who “maintained that laws were like cobwebs,” and implores governments around the world, including our own, to bring him swiftly to justice.

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Quotes & Awards

  • This book is so studiedly defamatory that if Kissinger values his reputation, he really must sue. Literary Review
  • I find it contemptible. Henry Kissinger
  • An eloquent and devastating indictment of Henry Kissinger's involvement in the war in Indochina, genocide in East Timor, and many other acts of indiscriminate murder. Village Voice
  • A disturbing glimpse into the dark side of American power, whose consequences in remote corners of the globe are all too often ignored. Its countless victims have found an impassioned and skillful advocate in Christopher Hitchens. Sunday Times (London)
  • Hitchens is a brilliant polemicist and a tireless reporter. Both sets of skills are on display throughout this book as he presents damning documentary evidence against Kissinger in case after case. San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Kissinger’s possible culpability has been overlooked for so long that Hitchens’ stylish summation may be precisely what’s required to bring resolution to a chapter in American foreign policy…Leftists will delight in his skewering of Kissinger.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hitchens is a brilliant polemicist and a tireless reporter. Both sets of skills are on display throughout this book as he presents damning documentary evidence against Kissinger in case after case.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A disturbing glimpse into the dark side of American power, whose consequences in remote corners of the globe are all too often ignored. Its countless victims have found an impassioned and skillful advocate in Christopher Hitchens.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “An eloquent and devastating indictment of Henry Kissinger’s involvement in the war in Indochina, genocide in East Timor, and many other acts of indiscriminate murder.”

    Village Voice

  • “Hitchens has clearly hit a nerve.”

    Raleigh News and Observer

  • “Hitchens’ examination of Kissinger’s career as a cabinet member and a national security advisor present never-before-disclosed acts of a vigorous mover and shaker.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Intriguing…Recommended for political science and international relations collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “This book is so studiedly defamatory that if Kissinger values his reputation, he really must sue.”

    Literary Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T-bone | 2/10/2014

    " This gave me a few more good reasons to loath Kissinger and for that I thank it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Kaun | 2/5/2014

    " I'm always impressed by solid journalism and rhetoric, but this concise, well-deserved evisceration of a loathsome war criminal is especially rich and rewarding. "Enjoyable" isn't the word, but it's an excellent survey of the machinations behind U.S. foreign policy in the early 1970s, making it more shameful that no charges have been brought (to the best of my knowledge) against this villain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/31/2014

    " Insightful look at Kissinger's role in the darker side of American foreign policy. If ever someone deserved the contempt of those genuinely believing in the American way of life, he does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manheim Wagner | 1/7/2014

    " Brilliant! Using international law and the precedents set at Nuremberg, Hitchens presents a well researched indictment of a war criminal. More importantly, Hithcens does not use any speculative evidence and only uses evidence that has been proven. Simply put, this book should be mandatory reading for every high school student in the United States! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Raymond | 12/30/2013

    " It's hard to walk away from this book without thinking to yourself "Wow, was Kissinger a bastard." Really tragically well-done book, highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katia | 12/24/2013

    " What an embarrassment that this treacherous, treasonous, and criminal human is still running around and breathing, let alone enjoying celebrity. What a smug piece of garbage. I suppose I would be more humble and less arrogant if I was responsible for other's deaths. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Jones | 11/25/2013

    " Shocking. Can't believe this man has got away with murder. This book was published over ten years ago and still nothing's been done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wesley Blixt | 11/11/2013

    " Good meditation (no . . . lecture) on politics and moral responsibility. Something we still haven't gotten right. Also a very good reminder of terpitude of the U.S. in the Nixon era and beyond. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hadrian | 8/21/2013

    " A fiery and incisive look at the war crimes of an American statesman, as well as a critique of the international justice system. Hitchens at top form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zombieelvis | 6/30/2013

    " Hitchens at his best. He rarely cares about the reader, having very little sympathy for anyone, but that's when he really comes alive. Just let him bark at you a while. It's worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 6/25/2013

    " Disturbing stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 3/9/2013

    " The Vietnam era was even worse than you probably suspect, policy wise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth in SF | 11/29/2012

    " Transcripts accentuate the mentality of one political man of power. Power seems to always imply that someone deserves respect, and I suppose that will always be a matter of subjectivity. In the grand scheme of things, his legacy proves far more nefarious than the likes of Ted Bundy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 7/26/2012

    " fucking war criminal peice of shit "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Paulson | 7/22/2012

    " Henry should be tried for war crimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hugh Carson | 5/16/2012

    " One person's Secretary of State is another person's war criminal, depending who comes out on top. Hitchens makes a good case for Uncle Henry to fall into the latter category "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pavol | 4/25/2012

    " Hitchens did a solid job, though as probably any case for the prosecution, this does not make a very thrilling read. After a while the parade of outrages simply becomes too much. And yet, 10 years later, Henry Kissinger still remains at large. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens was born April 13, 1949, in England and graduated from Balliol College at Oxford University. The father of three children, he was the author of more than twenty books and pamphlets, including collections of essays, criticism, and reportage. His book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award and an international bestseller. His bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. The New York Times named his bestselling omnibus Arguably one of the ten best books of the year. A visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School in New York City, he was also the I.F. Stone professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a columnist, literary critic, and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Slate, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, New Statesman, World Affairs, and Free Inquiry, among other publications. Following his death, Yoko Ono awarded him the Lennon-Ono Grant for Peace.
About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.