Henry Kissinger is rated as the best Secretary of State for the US in the last century. He is credited with path breaking negotiations with China, in West Asia n during the Vietnam War. This book analyses Kissinger’s negotiating skills and comes out with 15 lessons to be learnt. A good book to know what Kissinger did during a brief period of less than a decade in office. Phrases like ‘constructive ambiguity’ are attributed to him by d researchers. However, it can’t be ignored that while China and Rhodesia are bright spots of Kissinger, there are areas where his counterparts turned out shrewder than Kissinger. Special mention needs to be made about d North Vietnam interlocutor Le Duc Tho who had completely outmanoeuvred and outsmarted Kissinger and the Americans. As d book states inter alia, success of any negotiation depends partly on luck too. In Kissinger’s case, he had the skill and luck both playing a part. To understand, one can read this book, although not a must read.
May 4, 2020