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Title The Kissinger transcripts : the top secret talks with Beijing and Moscow / edited by William Burr.

Published New York : New Press : distributed by W.W. Norton, 1998.


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 UniM Bail  327.73 KISS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xix, 515 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary The Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon tapes fascinated and shocked Americans with their revelations of the real goings-on in the Oval Office. Now we have the unvarnished record of Henry Kissinger's high-stakes diplomacy during the world-shaping events of the Nixon years. Here are the transcripts, formerly classified "Top Secret/Sensitive/Exclusive Eyes Only", of Kissinger's talks with Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, Leonid Brezhnev, Andrei Gromyko, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George Bush, and others.
When Henry Kissinger left the State Department in January 1977, he took with him his papers as Secretary of State and National Security Adviser in an effort to close off all access to them until five years after his death. However, transcripts of some of his most important conversations found their way into other files, where National Security Archive staffers tracked them down.
These transcripts of Kissinger's conversations span the period of Nixon and Kissinger's greatest triumphs -- the opening of China culminating in Nixon's meeting with Mao Zedong in February 1972 and the success of the Nixon-Brezhnev Moscow summit in June of that year -- and most dramatic defeats -- Watergate and the decline of detente.
The transcripts expand our understanding of Kissinger's diplomacy during that time -- and set the record straight. Far from the even-handed approach toward the U.S.S.R. and the People's Republic of China depicted in Kissinger's public rhetoric, the Kissinger seen here is trying assiduously to curry favor with Mao and Zhou and to forge what he secretly characterized as a "tacit alliance" with Beijing. Revelations include the fact that Kissinger offered Zhou Enlai an intelligencehotline if the Soviets were ever poised to attack China, and that he provided Beijing with full accounts of his meetings with the Soviets.
Other author Kissinger, Henry, 1923-
Burr, William.
Subject Kissinger, Henry, 1923-
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1969-1974 -- Sources.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1974-1977 -- Sources.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union -- Sources.
United States -- Foreign relations -- China -- Sources.
ISBN 1565844807