Relevant Reading:Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist
Niall FergusonThe Education of Henry Kissinger
Good evening, listeners! We have a special treat for you on this, our 100th episode, as our host Richard Aldous welcomes historian Niall Ferguson to the program to discuss his recent biography of Henry Kissinger.Niall Ferguson, the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, recently published Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist. He speaks with Richard about what it was like to write the book, and discusses his experience working with one of America’s most influential statesman. He reflects on the difficulty of writing a biography of a living person, and takes us through the first half of Kissinger’s life. He details many of the more popular misconceptions about Kissinger, and unearths a portrait of a man who was perhaps less Machiavellian than many assume, and who rose to power by learning from his mistakes.For our long time subscribers, we thank you for your continued attention as we near the third year (!) of our program, and for any first time listeners out there, we can’t think of a better introduction to the program than today’s insightful interview with Niall Ferguson. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and follow Niall Ferguson @nfergus, and our host Richard Aldous @RJAldous on Twitter.