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The Aspiring Statesman

Jussi Hanhimäki

in The Flawed Architect

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195172218
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849994 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172218.003.0001
The Aspiring Statesman

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Kissinger's transition from Harvard professor to Richard Nixon's security adviser has been an issue with many critics, who questioned his credentials for the said position. To be able to understand Kissinger's credibility within American academia for such a highly coveted position, the author looks back on Henry Kissinger's life and career prior to December 1968. The first part of this chapter illustrates his early years in Bavaria, Germany up to his relocation to the United States, focusing on his early academic years, military camp training, and entrance into Harvard. The next part focuses on his academic achievement and intellectual advancement throughout the years which eventually led him to build contacts with future leaders and powerful men and later on placed him in several important positions, including Nixon's national security adviser.

Keywords: Kissinger; Richard Nixon; national security adviser; Harvard professor; Germany; United States

Chapter.  7697 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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