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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The book is interesting, and it’s more than a little sad that the one thing that was implicitly hoped for by this book was for Kissinger to sue Verso or Hitchens for libel, an act that would have forced him to open up some of his sealed documents and let the world see what an even bigger douche bag he is. This isn’t a book for the layperson; it presupposes not only a thorough knowledge of American foreign policy circabut also at least a somewhat nominal knowledge of various players, narratives and counter-narratives in places like east timor, cyprus, greece, chile, vietnam, etc.

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Quotes from The Trial of Henr In the author’s words, “They can either persist in averting their gaze from the egregious impunity enjoyed by a notorious war criminal and lawbreaker, or they can become seized by the exalted standards to which they continually hold everyone else.

I think we are programmed to think that as the “good guys” we wouldn’t do that when in actual fact you only have to look at any conflict to see the atrocities both sides commit. Want to Read saving…. Oct 07, Mr. This is an important book, but not a good book.

Tim Walker of The Austin Chronicle lauded Hitchens as “a brilliant polemicist and a tireless reporter. However, if you are open to that idea, this book will make you strongly question the US’s actions during that time. If there is one overarching criticism of the book it is that Hitchens does not give the reader any guideposts nor back story- he assumes the reader knows where he has picked up the story and where he will end his argument.


If this book has a fault Kissingers role as a Rockefeller lackey is glossed over but overall its a good read and makes the obvious case that Kissinger should be tried for mass murder.

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Hitchens at top form. A fiery and incisive look at the war crimes of an American statesman, as well as a critique of the international justice system. A month after Hitchens’ death, John R. As a skeptically-minded person, I cannot accept the totality 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.

The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

kssinger May 20, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is great at that. But like Wormtongue they also are usually doing the bidding of someone else and act as agents to this higher power. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

The extent to which Nixon, Kissinger and associates actively undermined democracies across any number of nations for the sake of ‘national internest’ and business interests is simply abhorrent. An international lawyer would exhaustively go into the elements needed to establish a war crime, before applying the law to the case of Kissinger. The book is written from an authorial position of moral outrage, and calls for Americans not to ignore Kissinger’s record. Oct 23, Charlie Edwards rated it it was amazing.

Kissinger was outraged at the time the book released but, tellingly, never did take Christopher Hitchens to court—afraid, perhaps, of what the subpoenas would reveal. May 21, Christopher Carbone rated it liked it Recommends it for: Hitchens’s fame and reputation as a contrarian guarantee that his indictment will receive media attention it’s already been serialized in Harper’sand leftists will delight in his skewering of Kissinger.

Hitchens jumps right into the story with both feet some would say right on Kissinger and does not let up. Hitchens’ legal analysis is characteristically inexpert and vague – discomfiting to a reader who knows about the subject I remember suffering the same wince hearing him talk on the legality of the Iraq War.



View Full Version of PW. 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. A very strong polemic, but not that well written. Nixon was taken out of christohper nuclear loop at this time and Dr K was effectively in control.

One day maybe we’ll get to se Henry Kissinger is a bad bad man, and Christopher Hitchens sets out to prove it and expose all of the fucked up shit this slimy bastard has ever done to the world.

The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

This was a very frustrating book to read. Highlights from the book were serialized in Harper’s Magazine in February and March But English being my native tongue, I could follow along well-enough.

This little book includes some of Christopher Hitchens’ best investigative reporting. There are some great stories of the Nixon White House, including the time when Nixon was going crazy at the end of the Watergate saga and had to be restrained by the Secret Service dhristopher he ran crazed around the White House. Hitchens was a polemicist and intellectual.

The documentary also features film of Kissinger but only in archive footage. However, he makes a deeply compelling case for war crimes against Kissinger.

A marvelous evisceration of the loathsome Dr K by Christopher Hitchens, convincingly making the case that said Dr should be indicted for war crimes and indeed there are warrants out for his arrest in some European countries.

What I will allow myself is the title of a citizen of the United States, and this position affords me the right to criticize christopuer in politics when they have performed or become implicated in heinous actions.

This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat No one really bothers denying anymore that he was the prime mover christophef a lot of ugly moments in our foreign policy: Books of the Week. Though a sizable minority in the U.