What are some other good books about foreign policy/affairs and diplomatic relations?
Doesn't matter how broad or specific it is.
The realism school of foreign policy is pretty detested by a lot of liberals. It already comes off as grim and dry, doesn't help that Kissinger is the international relations version of Ben Stein when it comes to the way he communicates.
I meant why the average liberal hated him.
They learn Nixon is bad and Kissinger worked for him, ergo Kissenger is bad.
You expect the average Daily Show watching troglodyte to actually read "Diplomacy" and form an opinion on his theories?
No I don't. I just hate the acting like the only possible reason someone can have a negative opinion of someone is if that someone is a member of the opposing party. It kind of makes the concept of objectivity impossible, and so no one is ever guilty because party slaves are always willing to defend their legitimacy, whether his theories have any merit or not.
He's often hated because he's taken as a student of "realpolitik"; see >>7698435.
Read Niall Ferguson's biography of him (there's expected to be a second volume within a few years here; the biography is very new). It becomes clear pretty quickly that Kissinger is 1) a *Kantian* (I'm just as surprised as any of you are), and 2) has little time for Machiavelli who he didn't think was relevant. As a result, his mode of diplomacy is misunderstood from the outset, and characterized as conniving instead, when that's not the case. It's exceedingly moral, but it's probably decried just as much for that element as it is for being supposedly amoral or immoral.
Here we are again, at a paradox: Kissinger is hated for meddling with republican and democratic administrations, so with my partisan understanding of political truths, one party being utterly sperious and the other having all the answers, where do I put Kissinger (is he a good guy or a bad guy?) Fucking sad really.
This is a really good book that came out recently
Prelude: On not seeing the monster -- Introduction: Chronicle of an obituary foretold -- A cosmic beat -- Ends and means -- Kissinger smiled -- Nixon style -- Anti-Kissinger -- Opposite of unity -- Secrecy and spectacle -- Inconceivable -- Cause and effect -- Onward to the gulf -- Darkness into light -- Epilogue: Kissingerism without Kissinger.
"A new account of America's most controversial diplomat that moves beyond praise or condemnation to reveal Kissinger as the architect of America's current imperial stance."
I haven't understood the "Kissinger was a nihilist realpolitikist" either.
Fuck, the left should love him because of his cultural relativist slant. "Culture x does things this way, there's no point in banging our heads against a wall, we adapt, do things their way to placate them, as long as the result is good" basically.
The two major condemnations of him are his encouragement of bombing Vietcong in Cambodia (this makes him a war criminal, not that it means much) and his backing of respressive South American regimes an overthrowing South American democratic regime.
He is one of the architects of the current American Empire and is an enemy of liberalism.
This book focuses on economics and finance. Michael Hudson is a great economist so any of his books would be good, this one is his most important.
I think that Chomsky's "Understanding Power" is pretty good. Its in the style of a couple of dialogues at public lectures. Bonus is that it gives you the gist of manufacturing consent but then goes more into the foreign policy aspects.