by Christopher Hitchens
Synopses & Reviews
“His own lonely impunity is rank; it smells to heaven. If it is allowed to persist then we shall shamefully vindicate the ancient philosopher Anacharsis, who maintained that laws were like cobwebs; strong enough to detain only the weak, and too weak to hold the strong. In the name of innumerable victims known and unknown, it is time for justice to take a hand.”With the detention of Augusto Pinochet, and intense international pressure for the arrest of Slobodan Milosevic, the possibility of international law acting against tyrants around the world is emerging as a reality. Yet, as Christopher Hitchens demonstrates in this compact, incendiary book, the West need not look far to find suitable candidates for the dock. The United States is home to an individual whose record of war crimes bears comparison with the worst dictators of recent history. Please stand, ex-Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, Henry A. Kissinger.
Weighing the evidence with judicial care, and developing his case with scrupulous parsing of the written record, Hitchens takes the floor as prosecuting counsel. He investigates, in turn, Kissinger’s involvement in the war in Indochina, mass murder in Bangladesh, planned assassinations in Santiago, Nicosia and Washington DC, and genocide in East Timor. Drawing on first-hand testimony, previously unpublished documentation, and broad sweeps through material released under the Freedom of Information Act, he mounts a devastating indictment of a man whose ambition and ruthlessness have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread, indiscriminate slaughter.
“[S]o much attention is given to unraveling Kissinger’s denials and cover stories that the underlying allegations recede into the background….Hitchens’s stylish summation may…bring resolution to a chapter in American foreign policy.” Publishers Weekly
“An eloquent and devastating indictment of Kissinger’s involvement in the war…and many other acts of indiscriminate murder.” Village Voice
“I find it contemptible.” Henry Kissinger
“Hitchens is a brilliant polemicist and a tireless reporter….[D]amning documentary evidence against Kissinger.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Although there is limited attribution of the quoted and referenced documentation, the substance of the material makes an intriguing case. Recommended.” Library Journal
Drawing on first-hand testimony, previously unpublished documentation and broad sweeps through material released under the Freedom of Information Act, Christopher Hitchens mounts a devastating indictment of a man whose ambition and ruthlessness have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread, indiscriminate slaughter.
A devastating indictment of a man whose ambition and ruthlessness have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread, indiscriminate slaughter.
About the Author
Christopher Hitchens lives in Washington DC and writes columns for Vanity Fair and The Nation. His previous books include Hostage to History, The Elgin MarblesFor the Sake of Argument, The Missionary Position, No One Left To Lie To and Unacknowledged Legislation. He is professor of Liberal Studies at the New School, New York. He won the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction in 1992.
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