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American Madness

in Nixon at the Movies

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780226239682
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226239705 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226239705.003.0007
American Madness

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Henry Kissinger made his first crucial contacts with the foreign policy elite on the corner of Park and Sixty-eighth serving as staff director for a council study group whose findings resulted in his first book, Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy. Since 1957, when Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy had spent fourteen weeks on the best-seller list, he had been one of America's most prominent policy intellectuals and his brilliance was widely recognized. Two Rode Together is far from being the director's best, even if Jean-Luc Godard did name it the best film of 1961. Protocol dictated that it be Kissinger, as secretary of state, to whom Nixon addressed his official letter of resignation. But that was pro forma, it could as easily have been Rogers or the man initially slated to succeed Rogers, Kenneth Rush.

Keywords: Henry Kissinger; Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy; Two Rode Together; policy intellectuals; brilliance

Chapter.  14591 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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