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Secretary of State

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/9780195172218.003.0013
Secretary of State

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This chapter highlights one of Henry Kissinger's achievements—to become the first Jewish non-native-born secretary of state of America. It illustrates the story of how Kissinger's appointment as the fifty-sixth secretary of state came to be, which was mainly a result of Nixon's own political weakness and the strength of the American public's image of Kissinger. Indeed, Kissinger's appointment was in part an acknowledgement that the president failed to take the credit for the administration's foreign policy achievements. However, Kissinger's time in the limelight was not always full of accolades. His difficulty in adjusting to the new post, the substantial challenges he faced, and the wiretap controversy affected his favorable impression with the Americans and this is discussed in this chapter as well.

Keywords: Henry Kissinger; secretary of state; Nixon; foreign policy; wiretap controversy

Chapter.  5373 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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