The beginning of Richard Nixon's second term was, as Henry Kissinger saw it, a time of high hope and rich promise, particularly in the area of foreign policy. Nixon's "Grand Design "for international affairs was taking shape. Opportunity beckoned to establish or solidify relationships not only with the industrial democracies but with the developing countries of the Third World and even with the Communist giants, China and the Soviet Union.

Watergate changed all that. It turned the second term into what Kissinger describes as "a time of upheaval without precedent in this...

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