The Blood Telegram

The Blood Telegram

Nixon, Kissinger, and A Forgotten Genocide

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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction
Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Book Award
Winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize for Best Foreign Affairs Book
Winner of the Asia Society's Bernard Schwartz Book Award
Winner of the Cundill Prize for Historical Literature
Winner of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations' Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize
Winner of the Ramnath Goenka Award

One of the Best Books of the Year at * The Economist * Financial Times * The New Republic * The Washington Post * Kirkus Reviews *
A New York Times Notable Book

This magnificent history provides the first full account of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger's secret support for Pakistan in 1971 as it committed shocking atrocities in Bangladesh--which led to war between India and Pakistan, shaped the fate of Asia, and left major strategic consequences for the world today.

Drawing on previously unheard White House tapes, recently declassified documents, and his own extensive investigative reporting, Gary Bass uncovers an astonishing unknown story of superpower brinkmanship, war, scandal, and conscience. Revelatory, authoritative, and compulsively readable, The Blood Telegram is a thrilling chronicle of a pivotal chapter in American foreign policy.

Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books,, 2014
Edition: First Vintage Books edition, July 2014
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780307744623
Branch Call Number: 327.73 Bass 2014
Characteristics: xxiv, 499 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm


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Dec 08, 2014

thugs in the Oval Office, Nixon and Kissinger, and how they got away with a genocide - scathing, essential

ChristchurchLib Jun 30, 2014

A full-length account of the involvement of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in Pakistan's brutal 1970s military dictatorship argues that they encouraged China's military presence in India, illegally supplied weapons used in massacres and embraced military strategies that have negatively impacted geopolitics for decades. By the author of Freedom's Battle. July 2014 History and Current Events newsletter.

Jan 07, 2014

There's been a tendency in recent years to rehabilitate Henry Kissinger's reputation (though for plenty of conservatives, he never needed rehabilitating) and he's been enjoying his autumn years as the grand man of American diplomacy. Although I loathe the man, I'll admit that he was a brilliant strategist and an intellectual powerhouse. This new history of the conflict between India, Pakistan and what would become Bangladesh raises the question, does it matter how great a diplomatic talent you are if you have no moral center? This excellent, absorbing and appalling history of a little known period tells three stories: that of Southeast Asian politics and conflict, that of Nixon and Kissinger's machinations (they were resolutely pro-Pakistan and anti-Indian) and that of Archer Blood, an unsung hero who dissent with the President and tried to draw attention to the atrocities he was seeing in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). It's a revealing look at how Nixon operated, hating most everyone, calling Indira Ghandi a bitch and the Indians "savages" and tolerating no dissension. Anyone who cares about American politics and are our involvement in the region, this is an essential, eye-opening book.


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