Crisis: The Anatomy of Two Major Foreign Policy Crises

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Crisis: The Anatomy of Two Major Foreign Policy Crises

By Henry Kissinger
Simon & Schuster, 2003
576 pp. $30.00
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Kissinger's two crises are the Arab-Israeli War in October 1973 and the final U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam in 1975 (he offers more than 400 pages on the October war, 123 on Vietnam). Kissinger has already written detailed accounts of his role in these events (in "Years of Upheaval" and "Ending the Vietnam War"), and what he produces here is neither new information nor second thoughts: it is a chronological listing, with sparse commentary, of the declassified transcripts of his telephone conversations with concerned U.S. and foreign officials. The result is less coherent account than incomplete source book. As such, however, it is a welcome addition to much material that has been recently released, including the declassified U.S. official record, which appears summarized and well noted in a recent online publication by the National Security Archive, "The October War and U.S. Policy," which can be found at www.nsarchive.org/NSAEBB/NSAEBB98/index.htm. (For the latter's critical appraisal of the Kissinger transcripts, see note 3 at the URL above.)