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Dave Wood's Book Report, Aug. 19, 2009

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"The statesman has not to make history, but if ever in the events around him he hears the sweep of the mantle of god, then he must jump up and catch its hem." -- Otto von Bismarck

Thus begins Alistair Horne's "Kissinger: 1973, The Crucial Year" (Simon & Schuster, $30), an insightful book centered on how Henry Kissinger's accomplishments (realpolitik, détente, opening of China) were overshadowed by the fateful year of 1973, when all hell broke loose.

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