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  • This will be his masterpiece

    Andrew Roberts, New York Times
  • I acquired valuable knowledge, elegantly conveyed

    Paul Johnson, Standpoint Magazine
  • The book illustrates just what an extraordinary human being Kissinger is

    Robert Service, Daily Telegraph
  • A work of engrossing scholarship

    The Economist
  • this is a superb history of the modern world as well as a biography of Kissinger... Ferguson's tour de force shows that because Kissinger was a refugee from horror he understood from the day he first saw the Statue of Liberty that US engagement is vital to the peaceful development of the world

    William Shawcross, The Times
  • Ferguson is undoubtedly persuasive in presenting the young Kissinger as a man of ideals as well as ideas. His advantage as the authorised biographer, deployed with full force, has been access to a vast mass of previously unseen private correspondence that reveals his subject as nothing like the calucating cold fish of legend

    Marcus Tanner, Independent
  • With his usual meticulous research, Ferguson is master of all his work surveys. At least as important, he writes in an unobtrusive but compelling style that carries the reader along with unforced ease. Even on its own, the first volume of Ferguson's life of Kissinger is a great work about a great man by - it has to be admitted - a great historian. It should be read, and enjoyed, by every serious student of the history of our times

    Sherard Cowper-Coles, Spectator
  • For big, bold and compelling, it is impossible to ignore Kissinger - 1923-1968: the idealist (Allen Lane), the first volume of Niall Ferguson's biography of Henry Kissinger, which asks us to reconsider America's best-known "realist" as more Kantian than Machiavellian, more Castlereagh than Meternich, at least up to 1968, when President Nixon first granted the Harvard academic high office.

    John Bew, New Statesman
  • Some might question whether Ferguson really needs 1000 pages to tell half of Kissinger's life. Other will revel in the wealth of detail on this most controversial of American statesman

    Bee Wilson, Sunday Times
  • a formidably detailed, closely argued study of the making of one of the giants of 20th-century foreign policy

    Gideon Rachman, FT

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