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Living with Henry

Henry Kissinger is often seen as a scheming master of realpolitik. But in writing the history of one year in his life, I found a different man: jovial, caring and fond of discussions in the swimming pool

Gazing up at me from the jacket of one of his own massive volumes is Henry Kissinger. I have been living with this face for the past five years. That was how long it took me to write the story of a single year in the life of America’s 56th secretary of state. It says, I hope, more about his restless activity than my indolence.

I share at least one attribute with Kissinger: we were both refugees from Hitler, although rather different ones. As Jewish refugees, he and his family fled Germany in 1938; I was sent from England as…

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