In this new book, Henry Kissinger, consummate diplomat and statesman, examines the strategies of six great twentieth-century figures and brings to life a unifying theory of leadership and diplomacy.

U.S. President Richard M. Nixon with Henry Kissinger

Granted, many VT readers and others around the world find Henry Kissinger objectionable and that would be fair.  Hell, I even wrote a punk rock song called KISSINGER IS DEAD condemning his influence on the 20th century. But the fact remains, that he was a huge influencer in the 20th century and, approaching 100 years old, continues to influence leaders.  He even met with Trump during his administration.  So love him or hate him, it would be smart to understand his tactics, gambits, and strategies as so many in government still follow what he did and teaches.

For example, “Leaders,” writes Henry Kissinger in this compelling book, “think and act at the intersection of two axes: the first, between the past and the future; the second, between the abiding values and aspirations of those they lead. They must balance what they know, which is necessarily drawn from the past, with what they intuit about the future, which is inherently conjectural and uncertain. It is this intuitive grasp of direction that enables leaders to set objectives and lay down a strategy.”


“An extraordinary book, one that braids together two through lines in the long and distinguished career of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger…In Leadership, he presents a fascinating set of historical case studies and political biographies that blend the dance and the dancer, seamlessly.” – James Stavridis, The Wall Street Journal

An instant New York Times bestseller


In Leadership, Kissinger analyses the lives of six extraordinary leaders through the distinctive strategies of statecraft, which he believes they embodied. After the Second World War, Konrad Adenauer brought defeated and morally bankrupt Germany back into the community of nations by what Kissinger calls “the strategy of humility.”

U.S. President Gerald R. Ford with Henry Kissinger

Charles de Gaulle set France beside the victorious Allies and renewed its historic grandeur by “the strategy of will.” During the Cold War, Richard Nixon gave geostrategic advantage to the United States by “the strategy of equilibrium.”

After twenty-five years of conflict, Anwar Sadat brought a vision of peace to the Middle East through a “strategy of transcendence.” Against the odds, Lee Kuan Yew created a powerhouse city-state, Singapore, by “the strategy of excellence.” And, though Britain was known as “the sick man of Europe” when Margaret Thatcher came to power, she renewed her country’s morale and international position by “the strategy of conviction.”

To each of these studies, Kissinger brings historical perception, public experience, and—because he knew each of the subjects and participated in many of the events he describes—personal knowledge. Leadership is enriched by insights and judgments that only Kissinger could make and concludes with his reflections on the world order and the indispensability of leadership today.


Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet shakes hands with Henry Kissinger in 1976

ABOUT HENRY KISSINGER

Henry Alfred Kissinger, born Heinz Alfred Kissinger May 27, 1923, is a German-born American politician, diplomat, and geopolitical consultant who served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. A Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938, he became National Security Advisor in 1969 and U.S. Secretary of State in 1973. For his actions in negotiating a ceasefire in Vietnam, Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize under controversial circumstances, with two members of the committee resigning in protest.

A practitioner of Realpolitik, Kissinger played a prominent role in United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977. During this period, he pioneered the policy of détente with the Soviet Union, orchestrated the opening of relations with the People’s Republic of China, engaged in what became known as shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East to end the Yom Kippur War, and negotiated the Paris Peace Accords, ending American involvement in the Vietnam War. Kissinger has also been associated with such controversial policies as U.S. involvement in the 1973 Chilean military coup, a “green light” to Argentina’s military junta for their Dirty War, and U.S. support for Pakistan during the Bangladesh Liberation War despite a genocide being perpetrated by Pakistan. After leaving the government, he formed Kissinger Associates, an international geopolitical consulting firm. Kissinger has written over a dozen books on diplomatic history and international relations.

Kissinger remains a controversial and polarizing figure in U.S. politics, both condemned as an alleged war criminal by many journalists, political activists, and human rights lawyers, and venerated as a highly effective U.S. Secretary of State by many prominent international relations scholars. With the death of centenarian George Shultz in February 2021, Kissinger is the oldest living former U.S. Cabinet member and the last surviving member of Nixon’s Cabinet.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. I would be interested in Henry Kissengers opinion on the US taking of the Syria Oil.

    35 tankers of oil according to Syria’s president. Trump admitted it. Biden has not admitted it but rather says nothing.
    How does this flagrant action affect the Biden Leadership or does it? This seems so blatantly against everything the US stands for, the cost of the oil cannot possibly with the negative publicity the United States is getting on this. We look like total Hippocratic out there. Talk about giving the jihadists justification for jihad.

    Maybe that is the plan?

    Leadershisp to create chaos?

  2. This evil, demonic war criminal should have been done away with long ago–he does not seem to die. Why do we have to keep examining what they do as if they’re gods–instead, we need to create a hall of dreks.

  3. Reply to Johnny…
    Heres the thing….
    the article is hopelessly short to even begin to analyze wat that piece of filth did on behalf of the rothschilds/rockerfellas etc
    I am not condeming anything in your piece, what I am saying is that his tenure starts with the Dulles “twins’..OSS…
    kindly remember he isa german jew of the worst sort along with Soros (hungarian piece of shit).
    All the history of knt kissinger starts just out of the 2nd world war which itself was promoted by another jewish piece of shit called churchill..famous pedophile who luuuved to shag ginger boys of 13…same as kissinger another up the ass pedophile.
    So I am not allowed words….i could type all afternoon on the subject and it wud be factual and very unpleasant…
    Chris Hitchens debated the scum and wrote a book….
    So why Vets gave you micro-space to rock the boat on this ….borders on inept.
    But then they let loose the “no offense intended” freak who claims an iq of 190… lol
    Obviously on his barometer my iq must be 407…

    • Well said. It would serve Humanity to discuss what piece of sh*ts they are and how they harm and destroy children. Anything by them should be spat on.

  4. Yep the name is Heinz…dual agent, Rockefeller unelected official. A place to start is Douglas Reed’s 1956 book(only published in 1978)
    Then, “Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development” by Antony Sutton. Sutton also wrote the Wall Street Trilogy, where one finds the list of financiers that maintained the biggest frauds and deceptions since the days of Cecil Rhodes and all the engineering involved. One hint of the farce was the Hungarian uprising in 1956, which took place simultaneously with the Suez operation. Despite the radio free Europe announcement that “help” would come, the iron fist crushed any hope and revealed the scam.
    Same scams perpetuated in the Korean and Vietnam engineered wars, and the China Scam as well. It took decades for the consequences to arrive, and we witness it unraveling right now.

  5. Kissinger exposed as one of the greatest traitors to the American people of all time. If there was a true ‘commie’ plant in the highest US Governance and Policy it was him. That the information warfare on America and truth continues to shield him is telling.

  6. I would rather eat shit and die rather than read a word from that war mongering POS. Anything he might write is suspect and more than likely propaganda BS to further embellish his record. He was no more, no less an Israeli agent of war leading the US into immoral conflicts and tactics. Had this spawn of Satan been terminated at or soon after birth, the world would have been better off. I hope he burns next to Albright.

    • Granted, you and others around the world may find Henry Kissinger objectionable and that would be fair. Hell, I even wrote a punk rock song called KISSINGER IS DEAD condemning his influence on the 20th century. But the fact remains, that he was a huge influencer in the 20th century and, approaching 100 years old, continues to influence leaders. He even met with Trump during his administration. So love him or hate him, it would be smart to understand his tactics, gambits, and strategies as so many in government still follow what he did and teaches. I encourage you to know even more on what’s going on in the corridors of power

    • Like many Zionist stooges, Kissinger occasionally tossed some truthful factoids out for human consumption. Like when he said something about the military only being useful stupid pawns for powerful politicians. I guess most “historians” thought he was just kidding. Or drunk. Two conditions he probably never experienced. I am not sure the purpose of his incarnation but there is one someplace. We are all here for a reason.