The United States believes that it alone pursues and indicts war criminals; nothing in its political or journalistic culture allows for the fact that it. The Trial of Henry Kissinger has ratings and reviews. Greg said: Henry Kissinger is a bad bad man, and Christopher Hitchens sets out to prove i. Christopher Hitchens and The Trial of Henry Kissinger: A Response to. Lawrence Douglas. BY RONALD EDSFORTH. Christopher Hitchens begins TheTrial of.

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Even if I personally think these claims are just the top of the iceberg with regards to the shady business of Kissinger and co the lack of objectivity puts the book’s truth claims in question. The book is slim, but fairly detailed, and while it focuses on Kissinger deservinglythe implicit thesis of the book is the flaw of international legal standards, that is to say, when a statesman commits crimes and is powerless he is hanged, if the nenry is powerful he is worshipped.

Instead he makes it personal. I kept finding myself saying “ok, then what To this day, Kissinger’s papers continue to lay dormant in the Library of Congress, protected from the public who will, most likely, never see this man face justice.

hktchens Inhe was negotiating a Vietnam peace treaty in Paris for President Johnson. The important themes here are people in power not being held to account, and the damage that does, especially to a progressive society that consistently claims the moral high ground.

The Trial of Henry Kissinger

Some of his optimism can be forgiven, the book having been written after a string of international legal developments in the early s involving Pinochet and Milosevic, seeming to promise an expansion of jurisdiction and an increase in global enforcement.

As a skeptically-minded thf, I cannot accept the christoopher of these arguments at face value which is entirely a product of my own ignorance on the subjecthowever Hitchens has certainly taught me to approach the topic of Kissinger with a very large dose of cynicism.


An unelected official in the United States is meeting with others, without the knowledge or authorisation of Congress, to plan the kidnapping of a constituion-minded senior officer hitchenss a democratic country with which the United States is not at war, and with which it maintains cordial diplomatic relations Taking the good with the bad, Hitchens even gives Kissinger time to counter-argue by printing Kissinger’s response to Hitchens’ book review of the o “The Arrogance of Power” by Anthony Summers and then making the man hang himself.

Though this book is by Christopher Hitchens, it is markedly absent of his verbose prose. Obviously, Hitch isn’t the only journalist who embarked on uncovering the many, many crimes this man has committed; however, he did do so in the most compelling way, leaving no room for error or misinformation, backing his every claim with documentation and indisputable facts.

I tend to believe that the author’s research is water tight, and as he did with Mother Theresa, after reading one of his accusatory works you can’t go back to regarding the subject the same. While he was once identified with the Anglo-American radical political left, near the end of his life he embraced some arguably right-wing causes, most notably the Iraq War.

An exhilarating read, though one that makes you so angry, not only at Dr K’s total amorality but at the fact that this highly intelligent, extremely powerful statesman is so profoundly unwise.

The coco-political climate of the ‘s could hitchenss been different save for the avarice of the Nixon-era ruling party. Without being sensationalist, the book tackles all these controversial issues ruthlessly, admitting from the outset to be a case against Henry Kissinger and his war crimes. If the reader would like to read my entire review they can follow the link to my site White Tower Musings below: Hitchens was a polemicist and intellectual.


And now that’s he’s 88, it’s far too likely that Kissinger will meet a natural death before he meets justice. Don’t get me wrong, Kissenger may have done everything he is alleged to have done in this book and, if true, he should certainly be held accountable. It runs the reader right into the major crimes of Kissinger, namely: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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A brilliant and important piece of work in terms of gathering and presenting evidence, but this book doesn’t help you by supplying any sort of primer material. Hjtchens of the worst people in the world is called out by the late great Christopher Hitchens. View all 3 comments. Views Read Edit View history.

Aug 27, Kisslnger rated it really liked it. There are always two sides to every story but I think it would be hard to imagine anyone could read this book and still have any doubt of Kissinger’s guilt. After reading this books, readers will know a great deal about this truly vile historical character. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

As a country, the USA has a lot of blood on it’s hands and this man was involved deeply in the decision making. Oct 21, Harshit Sahay rated it really liked it Shelves: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As good as Investigative journalism gets. Extended the Vietnam War, illegally, against non-combatant nations; and 5.