THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Why Kissinger Survives

For seven years Henry Kissinger has defied all the laws of political gravity. Employing his charms, his intellect and his considerable Machiavellian skills, he has survived every governmental crisis and triumph while playing a principal role in most of them. He thrives on palace intrigue. This helps drive his critics up the wall as they look at him now and realize that his long journey through the upper reaches of power is one of the most fascinating of our time.

"It is inevitable," he says about the accumulation of bitterness toward him in much of the press and in Congress. "When...

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