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Walter Isaacson's Comprehensive Look at Henry Kissinger

Isaacson has just written an extensive book about the life of Secretary of State and Nobel Prize Laureate. The writer takes us from Kissinger's boyhood in Germany, his family's flight to America in 1938, through his army career, his years at Harvard as a student and later a professor, and his rise to political power. Isaacson notes Kissinger's many accomplishments, but also portrays him as secretive, paranoid and duplicitous.

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Other segments from the episode on September 11, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 11, 1992: Interview with Walter Isaacson; Review of Norman McLean's book "Young Men and Fire."

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